34 ‘kiddos’ compete in swim meet

PUHI — Sadie Stearns, 13, was able to take off time from her A bracket time in the Swim Kauai Aquatics “Keiki Meet” hosted recently at the YMCA pool.

Thirty-four SKA “kiddos” and an Alaskan visitor filled the pool with excitement in the windy weather.

Stearns, swimming in the 13-14 age group, stopped the clocks at 1 minute, 16.24 seconds, bettering her seeded swim of 1:16.28.

Joining Stearns, Sofia Galeano, 6, Laura Lee, 7, and Sean Lottermoser made their debut at the meet with four individual events and two team relay events.

Kai Mottley, 12, Nick Davis, 16, Noah Denbeau, 12, and Ryden Williams, 13, made a big splash in the 18 & Under Boys 200 Medley Relay, touching the wall at 2:44.13 for an improvement of more than nine seconds.

Mahina Dameron, 10, earned new Hawaii AAA state qualifying time standards in the 50 freestyle (31.36), and the 100 Individual Medley (1:25.08), and Chloe Inouye, swimming in the 10 and Under division, made a statement by securing a new Hawaii AAAA qualifying time standard in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.07) for a three-second improvement over her seeded time.

Pulama Kaeo, 9, improved to an AA time standard in the 100 breaststroke (1:40.94) with a five-second improvement.

Luke Carter, 9, posted improvements in the 50 freestyle (52.69) and the 100 freestyle (1:52.21), and Ace Cayabyab, 6, picked up a four-second gain in the 50 freestyle (49.60). Johan Galeano, 9, showed improvements in the 50 backstroke, touching at 1:07.55 for a four-second gain, and seven second in the 50 breaststroke (1:24.58).

Keira Hennessey, 8, posted similar gains, knocking off seven seconds in the 50 freestyle (48.81) and nearly four seconds in the 50 butterfly (52.90). Thomas Hennessey, 10, was nearly three seconds faster in the 50 freestyle (39.43), improving from a Hawaii B time standard to a Hawaii A qualifying standard.

Tai Mana Kjeldsen, 9, finished with improved times in the 50 backstroke (57.03), the 50 breaststroke (55.66), and the 100 freestyle (1:41.89), and Jayna Sams, 8, posted improved times in the 50 backstroke (58.08), 50 freestyle (51.65), and the 100 freestyle (1:50.60).

Kai Mottley heralded the achievements in the 11-12 division swimmers by picking up two new Hawaii AA qualifying times — the 50 butterfly (34.15), and the 100 freestyle (1:07.25). Mottley also improved on his seeded swims in the 50 freestyle (30.03) and the 100 IM (1:23.29).

Ella Carter, 11, posted a three-second improvement in the 50 freestyle (37.97), and Java Griesemer, 12, chopped 2.5 seconds off her 50 backstroke (41.96). Theo Hennessey, 11, was improved swims in the 50 freestyle (41.60) and the 50 butterfly (51.40), and Asher Griffith, 12, was more than nine seconds faster in the 100 freestyle (1:35.52).

Olivia Lutkevich, 13, topped the accomplishments in the 13-14 division, moving from a Hawaii B to a Hawaii A time standard in the 100 breaststroke where she touched the wall at 1:27.20. She also posted improved swims in the 100 butterfly (1:27.94). Sadie Stearns, 13, bested her seeded swims in the 50 freestyle (41.60) and the 50 butterfly (51.40).

Other notable improvements for the 8 & Under age group included Kristin Hennessy, 6, clocking in at 34.62 in the 25 freestyle, and Maiha Kjeldsen, 6, posted a .53 improvement in the 25 backstroke (31.06). Addy Mottley, 6, posted a three-second improvement in the 25 backstroke (37.97), and finished with a swim in the 25 freestyle (29.83).

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