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Girls Paddling Heads to States

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Photo by Stefanie Hubbard

The Molokai Girls and Mixed Canoe Paddling teams paddled in Kihei last Saturday for the MIL Championships. The girls finished in second place (4:14:45) behind Seabury (4:10:25) to qualify for the State Championships this Saturday at Keehi Lagoon on Oahu. The Mixed crew came in fifth with a time of 4:21:48.

Head Coach Stefani Hubbard is very happy with her team’s progress this season.

“Three months ago, I never would’ve thought that we would be second place in MILs and heading back to states,” she said. “After losing five seniors last year, I really looked at this year as a ‘rebuilding’ year.”

But after working to put together a team, the girls have showed strong results throughout the season.

“We had to find new girls, talents and skills, and restructure a new crew and it took some time for these girls to find their footing and really learn how to work together and trust each other, but I think that’s come through at the perfect time for them,” said Hubbard.

The Molokai Girls Canoe Paddling team is Tashady Florendo, Hulilau Albino, Kaydence Oswald, Talia Nakayama, Shai Rawlins, Sherie Kaili and Marion Powell.

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