Five league records fell this past weekend and the Waiakea boys and the Kealakehe girls won team titles in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Swimming Championships from the Kona Community Aquatics Center.
Waiakea came into the finals as the heavy favorites to win the girls crown for the second year in a row, but was upset by a determined Kealakehe squad when the Warriors suffered a disqualification in the 200 freestyle relay.
“It was a huge surprise for us to win the team title,” Waverider coach Steve Borowski said. “Our girls did a great job and they performed better than expected. I believe they peaked and tapered perfectly. The whole team did great.”
Kealakehe was led by Alyssa Foo who came up with big wins in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke (new league record 59.84 seconds), along with teammate Madison Hauanio who won the 200 Individual Medley and finished second in the 500 free.
Foo broke the 100 back record that was set by fellow Waverider, Ashley Rose in 2001.
“I was in a really good mood,” Foo said of her record breaking event. “We didn’t really taper totally for the BIIF’s, so I think I can go even faster at the state championships if I continue to train hard.”
Foo was also happy that Kealakehe regained the BIIF team title.
“We won the team title in my freshmen and sophomore years, before losing it to Waiakea last year,” she said. “I was happy that we could do it again in my senior year with only nine girls.”
The public school Warrior boys pulled out a team victory over defending champions Hawaii Prep by a score of 148 to 116.
“Our boys came through,” Waiakea coach Bill Sakovich said. “Frank (Chi) was outstanding as usual and we got great relay races from David Sumada, Ryan Kawano, Grant Uekawa and Campbell Causey.”
Sakovich had high praise for many of his swimmers including Causey who won the 500 freestyle and finished second in the 200 free.
“All our kids did great and I am especially grateful to our coaches who helped us in getting these kids prepared for the finals,” Sakovich said.
“I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t repeat for the girl’s title, but it’s a meet and anything can happen at meets,” Sakovich said. “The Kealakehe girls did exactly what they were supposed to do and they did an excellent job.”
In a much anticipated showdown between the best two swimmers in the 100 butterfly, Kealakehe’s Nicholas Garrett squared off against Hawaii Prep’s Logan Borowski showcasing the fastest fly stroke swimmers in the pool.
Garrett came into the event as the two time BIIF butterfly champion and BIIF record holder, as Ka Makani junior Logan Borowski began to close in on Garrett’s record during the later part of the season.
Borowski who had earlier in the day came away with the 50 freestyle title in a personal best time of 21.45 seconds and Garrett, the eventual winner of the 200 free, 1:46.22, met for the BIIF 100 butterfly title.
Borowski’s winning time of 51.59 seconds eclipsed Garrett’s previous record of 52.02 set last year.
“Nick is a really good swimmer and I knew I had to go out fast in the first 50, then try to hold him off,” Borowski said. “I wasn’t thinking about the record as I was just trying to win the event.”
Waiakea’s Frank Chi came into the finals wanting to break his own record in the 100 breaststroke for the fourth time this season.
Chi lowered the BIIF record to 58.7 seconds on Friday night and was determined to go even faster during the championship finals. On Saturday the senior again rewrote the league record books by clocking in at 58.61 seconds.
“I knew I could go hard and faster,” Chi said of his record breaking swim. “I just pushed myself both in practice and during the meets.”
Chi, who finished third in the state for the past two seasons in the breaststroke believes he can challenge for top honors this year.
“I can still go faster and I believe that if I work hard I can get my time under 58 seconds,” he said.
Ka Makani 200 boys freestyle relay team was back in the water, setting a new league record for the second time this season. Using all juniors in Kyle Katase, Kaikea Nakachi, Ryan Ross and Logan Borowski as the anchor the HPA foursome clocked in at 1:29.35 to break their previous record of 1:29.80.
“All four of us are going to swim the three relays as the state championship and we are only going to swim one individual race each,” Borowski said. “I plan on focusing on the 50 free at states.”
Nakachi defended his BIIF 100 backstroke title and claimed top honors in the 200 Individual Medley events.
Waiakea’s David Sumada, the defending BIIF champion in the 200 freestyle, was upset by Garrett but later rebounded with a victory in the 100 free.
“I’m really excited about my 100 free time,” Sumada said. “It was my fastest time this season, 48.6 seconds, and I know this might sound silly, but before the event I thought of my coaches smile (Justin Pierce) and that helped me to swim my best.”
Waiakea freshmen, Madisyn Uekawa became a BIIF champion in both the 100 free and 100 breaststroke.
“I was a little nervous going into the championships, but I think I swam well and I tried my best,” Uekawa said. “It felt good, but I think I should have gone out harder in both my races. I’m hoping I can do better at states.
The HHSAA swim championships finals will be held at Kamehameha-Hawaii on February 13.
Garrett, Nakachi and Chi may sound like a law firm, but in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation the trio is best known for their talents in the pool.
This past weekend Hawaii Preparatory Academy played host to their own Invitational Swim meet on Friday and a regular season BIIF meet on Saturday.
Kealakehe’s Nicholas Garrett, Hawaii Prep’s Kaikea Nakachi and Waiakea’s Peter Chi each have etched their names into the BIIF record books by setting league marks in their signature events.
Last year Garrett broke a 22 year BIIF record in the 100-yard butterfly when he hit the wall at 52.02 seconds. Garrett later went on to better his mark at the HHSAA swim championships last year with a time of 51.74 seconds.
Now in his senior year Garrett continues to dominate the 100 butterfly going undefeated in BIIF competition during all four years of league competition.
“I plan on breaking my own fly record, either at Hilo this coming weekend, or in Kona,” Garrett said. “I know I can go 51.7 as I’m really excited this being my final year. I want to set the bar really high and make it a record that will be hard to beat.”
This past Friday Garrett ruled the pool as he kept his time under 53 seconds in his signature event at HPA. On Saturday Garrett was back in the pool winning the 100 freestyle in 49.84 seconds while placing second by a fraction of a second in the 200 individual medley to a talented Logan Borowski from HPA.
“I like mixing up my events because it’s good for training and it makes me a stronger, faster swimmer,” Garrett said. “Besides it’s fun to do all of these different events.”
Nakachi, a junior Ka Makani, set his BIIF record on Jan. 9 in the backstroke (53.87) and on Saturday, in the confines of his home pool, continued his winning ways when he once again finished first in that event.
Nakachi was also instrumental in helping Ka Makani relay squads to victories in the 200 medley where they set a new school record and in the 200 free where they established a new BIIF record.
Waiakea’s relay team had only a week earlier established the BIIF record in the 200 free relay to see it surpassed by a powerful Ka Makani squad in a time of 1:30.62 this past Friday with the Warriors clocking in at 1:30.97.
Waiakea’s Peter Chi is a master of the 100-yard breaststroke setting the new BIIF record of 59.84 seconds in Kona on Jan 9, then dominating the event this past weekend in Waimea.
Chi failed to break the 1 minute barrier on Friday, but continued to be optimistic about improving in his event.
“I still need to work on my technique in the 100 breast,” Chi said. “I’m always going to have some sort of competition and I need to keep improving.”
Chi has gone undefeated for the past two seasons in BIIF competition, but he believes that if he doesn’t continue to hone his skills his stiffest competitor, HPA’s Logan Borowski, could surpass him.
“Logan Is rapidly improving and if I’m not careful he could beat me during a BIIF meet,” Chi said.
In Saturdays meet Chi swam the 200 Medley relay, the 200 free relay, and the 50 and 100 freestyle events.
“I could only swim in four total events and I wanted to switch things up a bit and see if I could qualify for states in a variety of events,” Chi said. “I qualified for states on Saturday in the 100 and had previous qualified in the 50.”
Chi could be correct about Logan Borowski getting close to him in the 100 breast as the HPA junior finished the age group season with a time two tenths of a second slower that Chi.
“I swim all the strokes the same and I don’t really have a weak event,” Borowski said. “My best event is probably the 50 free as I went 22.20 seconds on Friday. It wasn’t my best time, but I’m okay with it at this point in the season.”
On Saturday Borowski edged out Garrett by one hundredth of a second in the 200 IM to display his multitalented swim stroke skills in the pool.
“I won the BIIF championships in the 200 IM my freshman year,” Borowski said. “But last year I had to sit out and wasn’t allowed to compete at the high school level due to the transfer rule as I switched schools.”
For the girls Waiakea’s Rachel Shimizu, just a sophomore, is making a name for herself in the freestyle events, winning the 200 and 500 in convincing fashion on Friday.
“My favorite event is the 500 free because it’s a long race and if I make a mistake early on I have time to make it up,” Shimizu said. “My goal is to try and get under 5:10 (Shimizu swam 5:18.40 on Friday).
On Saturday Shimizu was back in the pool winning the 200 individual medley and finishing second in the 100 breast.
“My coach (Bill Sakovich) wants me to try different races and I’m okay with doing that,” she said.
Shimizu also leads a solid Waiakea relay team, made up of three freshmen, which have already qualified with a state time.
“It kind of makes me feel old (being the oldest on the relay team) but it’s all about having fun and doing well as a team and today we did very well,” Shimizu said.
Kealakehe’s Alyssa Foo continues to make big waves in her premiere event, the 200 individual medley. A master of various swim strokes Foo is a natural in the IM where she needs to go 50 yards with the fly, followed by 50 yards in the back, then 50 yards in the breast and ending with a 50 yard sprint finish with the free.
Last year Foo won the BIIF title in the 200 IM and placed second during the state championships. The Waverider senior continues to dominate the event going undefeated the past two seasons in BIIF competition and is considered to be a contender for a state title.
“I didn’t swim the IM this weekend because my coach (Steve Borowski) wanted me to work on my slower events,” Foo said. “I think my strengths are in the butterfly and backstrokes and this weekend I added the free and breast.”
Despite not swimming in the 200 IM Foo still won the 100 back on Friday and the 100 fly and 500 free on Saturday.
“My times weren’t that good, but I did okay,” she said of her 100 back and 100 breast events. “I like doing all the strokes and I like the variety.”
“I think I’ll be doing the 200 IM on Saturday when we swim at Kamehameha,” Foo said.
The BIIF swim season continues on Saturday with an all-schools meet at Nae’ole Swimming Pool on the campus of Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii.
For more results on the HPA swim meet go to: http://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/biif-swimming-results-from-hpa/
BIIF Swimming & Diving – 1/16/2010 Results – Day 2
#3 Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay Team R elay Finals Time
1 HILO A 2:00.17 STAT Ichinose, Sharae Tsuha, Beth Kojiro, Emilee Carlson, Ginger
*2 KEAL-HI A 2:07.06 CONS Walters, Megan Mullineaux, Kylan Swinson, Kayla Kalua’U, Jes-Ai
*2 KS-H A 2:07.06 CONS Imoto, Paula FR Lyons, Ryenn JR Krzyska, Kiana SO Leialoha, Jessica JR
4 HILO B 2:10.44 CONS Ongais, Kayla Pitoy, Shea Cauley, Christina Rowe, Charlee
#4 Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay
1 HPA-HI A 1:44.45 STAT Hapgood, Sonny JR Borowski, Logan JR Ross, Ryan JR Nakachi, Kaikea JR
2 WAIK A 1:52.31 CONS Chi, Peter SR Thornhill, Tyler SR Scott, Kaimi Cooper, Owen SR
3 HILO A 1:54.00 CONS Weller, Kepa Kubo, Chjristian Takeda, Justin Bello, Kellen
4 KEAL-HI A 1:57.01 CONS Friend, JP Whitener, Geoff Estess, Daniel Goodale, Nathaniel
#5 Girls 200 Yard Free 1 Tsuha, Beth HILO 2:00.51 STAT 2 Hauanio, Madison- KEAL-HI 2:01.94 STAT
#6 Boys 200 Yard Free 1 Sumada, David SRWAIK 1:51.23 STAT 2 Causey, Campbell SOWAIK 1:51.55 STAT
3 Ross, Ryan JRHPA-HI 1:51.86 STAT 4 Rimando, Ryan JRWAIK 1:56.26 CONS 5 Nakachi, Kaikea JRHPA-HI 1:57.57 CONS
6 Kawano, Ryan JRWAIK 1:57.97 CONS 7 Goodale, Nathanie KEAL-HI 1:58.95 CONS
#7 Girls 200 Yard IM 1 Shimizu, Rachel SOWAIK 2:18.39 STAT 2 Ichinose, Sharae HILO 2:23.67 CONS
3 Mullineaux, Kylan KEAL-HI 2:25.46 CONS 4 Morton, Jade KEAL-HI 2:26.87 CONS 5 Jernigan, Kelly KEAL-HI 2:28.37 CONS
#8 Boys 200 Yard IM 1 Borowski, Logan JRHPA-HI 2:02.28 STAT 2 Garrett, Nicholas KEAL-HI 2:02.29 STAT
3 Katase, Kyle JRHPA-HI 2:11.11 CONS
#9 Girls 50 Yard Free 1 Uekawa, Madisyn FRWAIK 25.37 STAT 2 Krahner, Rachelle SOWAIK 26.50 CONS
#10 Boys 50 Yard Free 1 Uekawa, Grant JRWAIK 23.10 CONS 2 Cann, Kaiea SRKS-H 23.53 CONS
3 Uy, Dane KEAL-HI 23.77 CONS
#11 Girls 100 Yard Fly 1 Foo, Alyssa KEAL-HI 1:01.93 STAT 2 Jernigan, Kelly KEAL-HI 1:04.77 CONS
3 King, Akemi FRWAIK 1:07.25 CONS
#12 Boys 100 Yard Fly
League: 52.02+ 2009 Nicholas Garrett 1 Borowski, Logan JRHPA-HI 54.90 STAT 2 Uy, Dane KEAL-HI 57.95 STAT
3 Rimando, Ryan JRWAIK 58.76 STAT 4 Sumada, David SRWAIK 1:02.27 CONS
#13 Girls 100 Yard Free *1 Hauanio, Madison- KEAL-HI 56.02 STAT *1 Tsuha, Beth HILO 56.02 STAT
3 Ichinose, Sharae HILO 57.65 CONS
#14 Boys 100 Yard Free 1 Garrett, Nicholas KEAL-HI 49.86 STAT 2 Chi, Peter SRWAIK 50.10 STAT
3 Ross, Ryan JRHPA-HI 50.37 STAT 4 Suzuki, Kurtis CLS-HI 52.81 CONS
#15 Girls 500 Yard Free 1 Foo, Alyssa KEAL-HI 5:35.56 CONS 2 Luciani, Bhillie FRHPA-HI 5:47.22
#16 Boys 500 Yard Free 1 Uekawa, Grant JRWAIK 5:17.51 CONS 2 Dale, Austin JRHPA-HI 5:36.94
#17 Girls 200 Yard Free Relay 1 KEAL-HI A 1:48.91 CONS Morton, Jade Hauanio, Ashley-Clyde Montgomery, Shasta Mullineaux, Kylan
2 KS-H A 1:50.23 CONS Imoto, Paula FR Krzyska, Kiana SO Leialoha, Jessica JR Lyons, Ryenn JR
3 HPA-HI A 1:53.69 CONS Walker, Bridget SR Hamilton, Liz SR Hono, Phoebe JR Chertavian, Aniela SO
#18 Boys 200 Yard Free Relay League: 1:30.62+ 2010 HPA K. Katase, L. Borowski, K. Nakachi, R. Ross
1 WAIK A 1:31.32 STAT Chi, Peter SR Rimando, Brandon FR Uekawa, Grant JR Sumada, David SR
2 KEAL-HI A 1:35.73 CONS Uy, Dane Goodale, Nathaniel Foo, Ky Garrett, Nicholas
3 HPA-HI A 1:36.88 CONS Katase, Kyle JR Borowski, Logan JR White, John JR Dale, Austin JR
4 HILO A 1:39.68 CONS Takeda, Justin Bello, Kellen O’Keefe, Kaden Weller, Kepa
#19 Girls 100 Yard Back 1 Hauanio, Madison- KEAL-HI 1:02.96 STAT 2 Paulachak, Kara SOWAIK 1:07.39 CONS
3 Jernigan, Kelly KEAL-HI 1:07.48 CONS
#20 Boys 100 Yard Back 1 Nakachi, Kaikea JRHPA-HI 55.76 STAT 2 Hapgood, Sonny JRHPA-HI 57.55 STAT
3 Garrett, Nicholas KEAL-HI 57.73 STAT 4 Uy, Dane KEAL-HI 58.57 STAT 5 Goodale, Nathanie KEAL-HI 1:00.97 CONS
6 Friend, JP KEAL-HI 1:01.74 CONS 7 Suzuki, Kurtis CLS-HI 1:02.47 CONS 8 Uekawa, Grant JRWAIK 1:04.41 CONS
#21 Girls 100 Yard Breast 1 Uekawa, Madisyn FRWAIK 1:08.90 STAT
2 Shimizu, Rachel SOWAIK 1:13.83 CONS 3 Mullineaux, Kylan KEAL-HI 1:14.60 CONS 4 Foo, Alyssa KEAL-HI 1:15.66 CONS
#22 Boys 100 Yard Breast 1 Rimando, Ryan JRWAIK 1:03.20 STAT 2 Katase, Kyle JRHPA-HI 1:03.58 STAT
3 Causey, Campbell SOWAIK 1:06.37 CONS 4 Kawano, Ryan JRWAIK 1:08.61 CONS
#23 Girls 400 Yard Free Relay
1 KEAL-HI A 3:54.79 STAT Hauanio, Madison-Gail Santos, Malia Jernigan, Kelly Foo, Alyssa Engle, Victoria Dawrs, Stephanie
#24 Boys 400 Yard Free Relay
1 HPA-HI A 3:36.42 CONS Katase, Kyle JR Hapgood, Sonny JR Nakachi, Kaikea JR Ross, Ryan JR
2 HILO A 3:47.82 CONS O’Keefe, Kaden Takeda, Justin Bello, Kellen Weller, Kepa
3 WAIK A 3:48.15 CONS Causey, Campbell SO Cooper, Owen SR Hu, Christopher FR Scott, Kaimi
4 HPA-HI B 3:59.29 CONS Dale, Austin JR Michael, Duncan FR Monahan, Michael JR Ryan, Koiawe FR
Looking to see some of the best of prep swimmers in the state of Hawaii? Then grab a seat in the bleachers at the Edward H. Kawachika Swimming Pool at Hilo High School this Saturday for the Big Island Interscholastic Federation season opener.
Leading a group of top notch competitive swimmers is Kealakehe’s Nicholas Garrett who returns for his senior season.
Garrett broke the BIIF record in the 100 butterfly last season with a time of 52.75 seconds. The previous record was set by Waiakea’s Jonathan Pauole in 1987 when he was coached by the late Ed Kawachika and stood for 22 years before Garrett etched his name into the record books.
At the Hawaii High School Athletic Association championships a peaked Garrett took a full second off his BIIF butterfly record by clocking 51.74 while placing second in the state.
‘Rider teammate Alyssa Foo is back as she looks to defend her BIIF title in the 200 individual medley and improve upon her second place state finish from last season. Foo also won the BIIF 100 yard butterfly event and placed fifth in the state in the 500 freestyle as she leads an extremely talented ‘Rider squad.
Kealakehe coach, Steve Borowski, believes that the low numbers on his boys and girls teams will make it difficult to challenge for team titles, but the ‘Riders are strong in high quality talent with Garrett and Foo leading the way.
“Our boy’s team is very lean, but a new freshman, Dane Uy, is good,” Borowski said. “Our girl’s team is also a bit lean, but not too bad as we have a freshman standout in Madison Hauanio.”
Despite the low numbers Borowski always seems to find a way to compete well. Last season the ‘Riders brought only five girls to the HHSAA championships and still scored enough points to place them in a tie for fifth place.
Borowski predicts that Waiakea and Hawaii Preparatory Academy will again compete for the BIIF team titles.
Last season Waiakea won the BIIF girls team title while HPA took the boys. Ka Makani boys went on to place third in the state, the highest finish by any BIIF team.
Waiakea returns Peter Chi, the BIIF champion in the 100 breaststroke, for his final season. Chi is a confident and experienced swimmer who continues to improve on his time. At the state championships, for the past two seasons, Chi has placed third in his signature event, and has dropped his time down to 1:00.39.
The public school Warriors also return sophomore sensation Rachel Shimizu who is dominate in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, finishing third at states in both.
“We are shooting to repeat at winning the BIIF girls team title with Rachel Shimizu and freshman Madisyn Uekawa leading the way,” Waiakea Coach Bill Sakovich said.
Uekawa, a strong age group swimmer, will add firepower to an already potent Waiakea swim squad. “Several other girls could step up and help out and several of them are freshmen,” Sakovich said. “If everyone does their best we should repeat.”
The Waiakea boys also look to challenge HPA for the team title with Chi leading the way in the 100 breast and David Sumada looking strong in the 200 free.
Waiakea was the leagues runner-up to HPA last year for the boys and according to Sakovich his Warrior relay teams look to be stronger and more competitive this year.
“I think our toughest fight will be with HPA in the boys and Kealakehe in the girls, but that may change over the shortened swimming season,” Sakovich said.
Defending boys team champions, HPA, looks to be dependent on several younger swimmers to step up after losing three of their relay swimmers to graduation.
Ka Makani boys swept all the relay events at the BIIF championships last year to claim the team title, but will need to fill large gaps to get past Waiakea this season.
“The only person we have returning from our state relay team is Kaikea Nakachi,” HPA coach Mark Noetzel said. At the HHSAA last season Ka Makani boys finished third in the 200 IM and 400 freestyle and second in the 200 free.
The number of swimmers looks good for HPA as they carry 15 boys and 11 girls on their roster and are expected to be competitive.
“On the boys side of things I think we’re in position to challenge Waiakea for the team title,” Noetzel said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do if we want to be in the fight for the BIIF title.”
Ryan Ross, Sonny Hapgood, Logan Borowski and Kyle Katase, along with Nakachi, will lead a solid Ka Makani squad in defense of their title.
On the girls side HPA returns multi talented Bridgette Walker who Noetzel will heavily depend upon. “Bridgette is a senior that we need to lead this team as she is committed to water sports,” Noetzel said.
State age group swimmer, Bhillie Luciani, will add strength for the girls. “Bhillie is a strong all around swimmer,” Noetzel said. “I see the fight for the girl’s team title to be between Waiakea and Kealakehe.”