SKA ready for age group states

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    Kamaira Silva heads to the turn during the 50-yard butterfly at the Kauai High School pool, in this Nov. 5, 2016 photo.

Kamaira Silva of Swim Kauai Aquatics will age up to the 13-14 age group on the first day of the Age Group SCY Championships which will open on Dec. 15 in Kona on the Big Island.

That should not stop her from doing well after she came home with a new state time standard in the 1,000 freestyle following the 38th annual Ken Suenaga Invitational Swim Meet over the weekend, said SKA Coach Curt Colby. Silva stopped the clocks at 11 minutes, 46.87 second for third place at the meet which wrapped up Dec. 3 on Oahu.

“She and Sadie Stearns would have been ninth last year with their times,” Colby said. “We are hoping for Top 8 for both of them in Kona.”

Silva also finished fifth in the 200 freestyle (2:08.03) where she dropped five seconds off her best times.

“Her success in these two races were due to her excellent pacing, and spirited cheering by her teammate Hayley Kaeo,” Colby said. “Hayley, 14, also swam at the Suenaga as a tune up for the state meet, finishing third in the 100 breaststroke, fifth in the 100 freestyle, and seventh in the 50 freestyle. Her sister, Pulama, 10, finished in the top eight in all five of her events with her best performance coming in the 50 freestyle where she ended fourth on a 30.89 swim. With perfection on her turns, Pulama has a shot at a Top 3, or state championship spot.”

These three swimmers are ready to join the rest of the team’s 24 state qualifying swimmers, including the 13 and 14 boy qualifiers, including Isaac Vallance, Ryden Williams, and Tyler Tanaka who were inadvertently left off the previous list of qualifiers.

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