Swim Kauai Aquatics swimmers Chloe Inouye, 10, Hayley Kaeo, 13, and Xaveria Rodriguez, 14, became the first swimmers from Kauai to compete at the Northwest Regional Age Group Championship meet in Federal Way in Washington.
“The trio has been steadily improving and were ready for the next challenge of competing against top mainland athletes in their age groups,” said SKA coach Curt Colby. “This was the first time any of them have swam in a championship meet on the mainland, and it was a great learning experience for them, dealing with the larger meet format, time change, and being physically prepared to race indoors for the first time. I’m very proud of them.”
Inouye, swimming in the Girls 10 and Under division, found success with a fourth place finish in the 50-yard breaststroke (37.22) and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:21.15).
Kaeo took the water in the Girls 13-14 division, finding success in the 100-yard freestyle (55.48) on a 15th finish, and the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.91) where her touch came in 16th.
Rodriguez swam in the same Girls 13-14 division and finished with a personal best in the 50-yard freestyle (25.37). She also took on the 1,650-yard freestyle for the first time, stopping the clock at 20:06.38, missing the Hawaiian Swimming state qualifying cut by three seconds.
The trio now set their focus on training for the state championship meet coming up in July on Maui.