PUHI — Kauai High School juniors Jack Machorek and Zachary Safford each broke two Kauai Interscholastic Federation records to lead the Red Raider boys to a top finish at the Kauai Interscholastic Federation swimming championships Saturday at the YMCA pool.
Kapaa High School senior Grace Stokes entered the day with three qualifying swim standards and closed it by adding another qualifying swim for state-time standards in four of the five events she was scheduled to swim. Her performance helped the Kapaa lady swimmers pick up the team championship with 109 points.
The Kauai High School girls finished with 60 points followed by Island School at 29 points and Waimea High School girls at 12 points.
Machorek and Safford led the Kauai boys to an 85-point total, challenged by the Kapaa boys at 68 points and Island School coming up with 41 points.
“I already have a state time in the 500-yard freestyle (5:10.96),” said Henry Scherer, an Island School sophomore. “I’m close to the 200-yard freestyle, so that’s my goal today — add that to the 500,” he said Saturday”
Scherer succeeded, touching the wall in the 200-yard freestyle at 1 minute, 53.86 seconds, bettering his seeded swim of 1:56.86 to secure the state-swim standard. He also bettered his 500-freestyle swim by more than a second (5:10.96 seed, 5:09.55 final), and ended the day with his third state time by swimming the opening leg of the boys 200-yard freestyle relay.
Kauai’s Machorek broke records in the boys 50-yard freestyle, touching at 22.06 to break a 1986 record set by Corey Carroll (22.31) while bettering his seeded 22.45 swim.
He also broke a 2016 KIF record (49.27) set by Akira Williams in the 100-yard freestyle by touching at 48.19, bettering his own record pace of 48.41.
Safford claimed KIF records in the 100-yard butterfly and in the 100-yard breaststroke. In the butterfly event, Safford touched at 52.52, bettering his own record (53.89) set in 2016. In the breaststroke event, he touched at 1:01.84, bettering the 1:04.21 record swim by Riley Young set in 2015.
State qualifying swims
No. 23 South Florida at Temple, Noon
Kapaa 200-yard medley relay (Madeline Hoesel, Heather Faretta, Chloe Zumwalt, Grace Stokes), 2:04.27
Kauai 200-yard medley relay (Malia Splittstoesser, Julia Safford, Kaira Kaaihue, Kelli Okayama), 2:05.33
Island School 200-yard medley relay (Carolyn Price, Gianna DeTrolio, Athena Alexander, Haley Horey-Moen), 2:11.28
Kauai 400-yard freestyle relay (Safford, Splittstoesser, Cassandra Hays, Kaaihue), 4:09.64
Kapaa 400-yard freestyle relay (Asha McGinnis, Asianna Nelson, Lily Stokes, Juliana Tampas) 4:13.32
Kapaa 200-yard freestyle relay (Madeline Hoesel, Faretta, Tampas, Grace Stokes) 1:50.15
Grace Stokes, Kapaa, 100-yard freestyle, 58.09
Kaira Kaaihue, Kauai, 200-yard freestyle, 2:21.32
Kaaihue, Kauai, 100-yard butterfly, 1:03.82
Kauai 200-yard medley relay (Luke Roberts, Zachary Safford, Jack Machorek, Tristan Hanks), 1:50.92
Kapaa 200-yard medley relay (Marcus Robinson, Pakela Panui, Keon Orlando, Kamanakai Lee), 1:57.16
Henry Scherer, Island School, 200-yard freestyle, 1:53.06; 500-yard freestyle, 5:09.55
Jack Machorek, Kauai, 50-yard freestyle, 22.06; 100-yard freestyle, 48.19
Jackson Evans, Island, 50-yard freestyle, 23.35
Zachary Safford, Kauai, 100-yard butterfly, 52.52; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:01.84
Kapaa 200-yard freestyle relay (Keon Orlando, Makani Crowder, Marcus Robinson, Pakela Panui), 1:41.46
Island School 200-yard freestyle relay (Henry Scherer, Noah Howard, James Pratt, Jackson Evans), 1:41.85