Kapaa High School sophomore Maddie Hoesel made a splash Saturday during the second Kauai Interscholastic Federation qualifying swim meet hosted by Kapaa at the Kapaa Swimming Pool.
Hoesel picked up three times to qualify for the state swim meet, two being individual swims and the third in the girls 400-yard freestyle relay, where the squad touched the wall at 4 minutes, 11.22 seconds, an improvement over the team’s 4:19.38 earlier swim.
Hoesel swam the lead leg in the relay, joined by Lani Alo, Asha McGinnis and Juliana Tampas. Her individual qualifying swims came in the 100 freestyle (56:37) and 100 backstroke (1:05.95).
In addition to the 400 freestyle relay, Kapaa High School girls picked up a qualifying swim in the girls 200 medley relay in its second-place meet finish, with McGinnis, Jordan Fleming, Chloe Zumwalt and Tampas touching the wall at 2:08.37, nearly five seconds below the Kauai High School team, but an improvement over its previous 2:15.29 swim.
Kauai High School swimmers broke a pair of KIF swim records — in the boys medley relay (1:44.13), and the boys 200 freestyle relay (1:32.79) — while qualifying for state swims in both events.
The Raiders’ 200 medley relay team included Akira Williams, Zachary Safford, Jack Machorek and Luke Roberts, who touched the wall three seconds ahead of its earlier 1:47.14 swim.
The Kauai boys 200 freestyle relay team included Safford, Williams, Roberts and Machorek, and touched the wall at 1:32.79, clearing the KIF standard of 1:35.74, and bettering its earlier swim of 2:00.26.
Machorek, who did his share of record-breaking and qualifying swims during last week’s opener, added to his listings with qualifying swims in the 100 freestyle (48.42) and the 100 backstroke (56.81), both events being his first time swimming them.
Safford, also showing well during last week’s event, added individual qualifying swims in the 100 butterfly (52.67) and 100 backstroke (1:00.00), both events being first-time swims for the Kauai senior.
Williams, in addition to the pair of relay qualifying swims, added three individual events to his qualifying list, getting state times in the 200 freestyle (1:50.18), 50 freestyle (22.92), where he finished first, and the 100 backstroke (57.67), where he was second to Machorek (56.81).
Hayley Kaeo picked up individual qualifying swims in the 50 freestyle (26.11) and 100 freestyle (57.19) in addition to being part of the Kauai girls 200 medley relay team that finished first with a 2:03.86 qualifying swim, nearly five seconds better than the team’s earlier swim.
Kaeo, a freshman, did the anchor leg for the medley relay team that saw Kaira Ka‘aihue to the lead leg, followed by Julia Safford and Alana Cayabyab.
Kaeo also did anchor-leg duty for the girls 200 freestyle relay team (1:49.00) team, which qualified for the state standard with Ka‘aihue, Julia Safford and Cayabyab bettering their earlier swim of 2:18.54.
More swimming is on tap for Saturday, hosted by Island School at the YMCA pool in Puhi and starting at 10 a.m.