Akira Williams breaks records at KIF swimming championships

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    Kauai High School swimmer Kai Mottley is cheered on by his team mates at the wall during the Boys 200 Individual Medley event, Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation championship swim meet at the YMCA. Mottley finished the event first, but failed to meet the state standard.

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    Kauai High School’s Julia Safford gets a congratulatory hug from team mate Alana Cayabyab after finishing second in the Girls 200 Yard Individual Medley event, Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation championship swim meet at the YMCA pool.

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    Kauai High School’s Julia Safford strokes through the backstroke phase of the Girls 200 Individual Medley event, Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation championship swim meet at the YMCA pool. Safford went on to make an individual qualifying swim in the 100 backstroke.

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    Kapaa High School’s Chloe Zumwalt launches into the butterfly phase ahead of Kauai High School in the Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay event, Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation swimming championships at the YMCA. Kauai’s Hayley Kaeo overtook the Warriors at the turn to relegate Kapaa to second place, both teams making state standards.

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    Kauai High School’s Akira Williams gets a breath only after touching the wall following the freestyle phase of the Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay. Akira went on to set new KIF records in the 50 yard, and 100 yard freestyle events.

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    Kapaa High School’s Maddie Hoesel kicks off in the backstroke phase of the Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay, Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation swimming championships at the YMCA pool. The Warrior team finished second, but qualified with a state standard.

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    Kauai High School’s Ryden Williams strokes during the breaststroke phase of the Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay event, Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation swimming championships at the YMCA pool.

PUHI — Kauai High School swimmer Akira Williams set the pace for 11 individual qualifying swims and eight relay team qualifying swims Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation championship meet at the YMCA pool.

Equipped with new electronic timing systems, Akira broke KIF records in two events — the 50 yard freestyle, and the 100 yard freestyle — where he set records by touching the wall at 21.36 seconds in the 50-, and 46.78 seconds in the 100-yard events. Akira is also part of the Red Raiders’ 200 Yard Medley Relay, and 400 Yard Freestyle Relay teams, both of whom finished in first place.

Red Raider swimmer Hayley Kaeo, and Kapaa swimmer Maddie Hoesel set the pace for the women, both swimmer making two individual qualifying swims apiece as well as swimming on the qualifying relay teams.

The qualifying KIF swimmers and relay teams will next participate in the K. Mark Takai Hawaii High School Athletic Association swimming and diving championships that will contest on Feb. 8 and 9 at the Central Oahu Regional Park aquatic facility.

Qualifiers for state

Relay teams

Kauai HS Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay (Kelli Okayama, Julia Safford, Alana Cayabyab, Hayley Kaeo) – 2:01.09

Kapaa HS Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay (Maddie Hoesel, Juliana Tampus, Chloe Zumwalt, Lani Alo) – 2:01.68

Kauai HS Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay (Luke Roberts, Ryden Williams, Kai Mottley, Akira Williams) – 1:50.49

Island School Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay (Asa Hatcher, James Pratt, Henry Scherer, Max Rovinsky) – 1:56.68

Kapaa HS Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (Mariana Ballesteros, Lani Alo, Lily Stokes, Juliana Tampus) – 1:51.66

Kauai HS Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (Julia Safford, Malia Splittstoesser, Alana Cayabyab, Hayley Kaeo) – 3:58.75

Kapaa HS Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (Asha McGinnis, Chloe Zumwalt, Lily Stokes, Maddie Hoesel) – 4:08.89

Kauai HS Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (Ryden Williams, Kai Norman, Luke Roberts, Akira Williams) – 3:31.97

Individual qualifiers

Maddie Hoesel (Kap) 200 yard freestyle – 2:03.33

Maddie Hoesel (Kap) 100 yard backstroke – 1:03.50

Hayley Kaeo (Kau) 50 yard freestyle – 25.64

Hayley Kaeo (Kau) 100 freestyle – 56.24

Akira Williams (Kau) 50 yard freestyle – 21.36*

Akira Williams (Kau) 100 yard freestyle – 46.78*

Henry Scherer (IS) 100 yard butterfly – 56.21

Henry Scherer (IS) 500 yard freestyle – 5:07.27

Tyler Tanaka (Kap) 500 yard freestyle – 5:15.77

Ryden Williams (Kau) 100 yard backstroke – 1:00.83

Julia Safford (Kau) 100 yard backstroke – 1:10.79

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