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Molokai Dolphins swimmers Kaleb Kester and Mykal Kahinu pictured with coaches Jesseca Oswald, Jessie Ford, and Marlena Nip at the 2016 Jr Age Group State Meet, Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

Molokai Dolphins News Release

Molokai’s own age group swim club is coming into its fourth year this October, and is continuing to grow. New registration for 2017 begins as early as September 2016, for both new and returning swimmers. If your swimmer is a beginner, he or she must be able to swim a full length unattended; if unable, another option is the parent can register with USA-Masters swimming and assist the child in pool.

Adults are also getting into the water with the Dolphins. Master’s practices are mornings and afternoons to accommodate most schedules (check the community calendar for days and times).

Swim meets are scheduled on Molokai to provide swimmers a chance to compete, both for fun and for sanctioned times.  Sanctioned meets are held throughout the fall on Maui and Oahu as well. A schedule of upcoming meets is posted at the pool or online at mauidolphins.org.

The Dolphins had a great summer, with swimmers qualifying for and attending the Age Group (July 14-17) and Junior Age Group (July 23-24) State Meets at the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center in Waipahu, Oahu. Mauli Pupuhi (9-10 year old boys) swim at the Age Group State Meet in the 50 meter Free (34.71, sixth place), the 100m Free (1:18.28, eighth place), the 200m Free (2:52.30, 11th place), and the 50m Fly (43.08, 10th place).

At the Junior Age Group Meet, the Molokai Dolphins were represented by Kaleb Kester (11-12 boys), Sadie Aiana (9-10 girls), and Mykal Kahinu (11-12 boys).  Tropical Storm Darby was inbound that weekend, so the full two-day meet schedule was adjusted to swim all events on one long day.

Kester swam a full schedule of six individual and two relay events, and placed in the top four in all events with personal best times across board. Kester’s events included the 50m Fly (38.68, fourth place), 50m Free (34.01, fourth place), 100m Free (1:15.67, third place), 50m Breast (46.54, fourth place), 100m Breast (1:39.58, fourth place), 200m IM (3:10.08, third place), 200m Free Relay (2:42, second place), and the 200m Medley Relay (2:56.71, first place).  Aiana made her debut at this meet with a second place finish and a personal best time in the 50m breaststroke (50:68). Kahinu, also swimming at JAGS for his first time, completed in three personal events and two relay events: 50m Breast (52.37, 13th place), 50m Back (47.08, sixth place), 100m Free (1:26.16, 15th place), 200m Medley Relay (2:56.71, first place), 200m Free Relay (2:42, second place).

Congratulations to all of our swimmers who have taken their swimming to this next level of competition.  We are looking forward to another great season of swimming, come and check us out and join in the fun!


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