Kauai High freshman makes three of five state-qualifying swims

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kauai High School senior Julia Safford swims to a first-place finish in the second heat of the girls 200-yard freestyle Saturday during the first of five Kauai Interscholastic Federation swim meets at the YMCA Pool in Puhi. Safford finished second in this event, but earned state-qualifying times in two other events.

PUHI — Kauai High School freshman Kamaira Silva is going to states!

Silva is involved in three of the five events that posted state qualifying swims, Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation first of five swim meets at the YMCA pool in Puhi. The meet was hosted by Kapaa High School.

On her own merit, Silva topped the Girls 100 freestyle event by breaking the minute mark on a swim of 57.24 seconds, squeaking past the state qualifying standard of 57.49.

Kauai High School sophomore Tyler Tanaka also pulled in a state qualifying swim by stopping the clocks at 1:06.41 in the Boys 100 breaststroke, getting the state swim by .28 second.

Silva also swam the anchor freestyle leg of the Kauai High School Girls 200 yard Medley Relay that jumped past the state qualifying standard by nearly two seconds with its 2:07.64 swim. On that swim that opened up the meet, Natalie Calytor, Jula Safford, and Alana Cayabyab made up the other three contributing swimmers.

The state qualifying swim by the Raiders was more than 12 seconds faster than the second place finishing team from Kapaa that included Maddie Hoesel, Minami Yamada, Chloe Zumwalt, and Katy Hoesel. The Island School team was disqualified on a stroke infraction.

Silva did the anchor leg for the Kauai High School Girls 400 yard Free Relay team that also posted a state qualification with its top swim of 4:11.05, more than 4 seconds ahead of the state standard 4:15.49.

Joining Silva on that team are Nevaeh Ibanez, Julia Safford, and Alana Cayabyab.

The final state swim belonged to the Kauai High School Boys 400 yard Free Relay team that included Kai Norman, Jacob Rich, Destry Shibuya, and Jeremy Herr who stopped the clocks at 3:56.34, surpassing the state standard of 3:58.89.

The KIF Swim Meet No. 2 is Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., and hosted by Waimea High School at the YMCA pool.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com

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