Top Finishes for Paddling, Wrestling, Swimming

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Photo by Amanda Labriola

The Molokai Canoe Paddling girls team competed in the season’s third MIL regatta at Hanakao`o Beach Park last Saturday in Lahaina and finished in third place (4:42:19) behind Seabury and King Kekaulike. Seabury swept all three varsity divisions, and are undefeated this season, along with holding the last eight league titles.

Molokai Coach Stefanie Hubbard says her girls are focused and aiming to win this season.

“The girls aren’t hurt with their third place finish, but they’re definitely not satisfied with it either,’ she said. “This race, if anything, has lit a new fire within them, leaving them hungry for more.”

Hubbard said the mixed (boys and girls) crew did not travel this past weekend but will for next two races. MIL Canoe Paddling Championships are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28 on Maui and states will be on Oahu on Feb. 4.

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

The Wrestling Team brought home a group of winners after last weekend’s tournament. Though final results were not reported as of press deadline, Head Coach Randy Manley said the team had four first place finishers: Kelsey Bicoy at 132 lbs, Caele Manley at 138, Diego Deponte at 152 and Makana Kaahanui at 220.

“As a team we are improving with each tournament,” said Randy Manley. The competition will continue the next three weekends on Maui through the MIL championships at Maui High on Feb. 11 and the state tournament Feb. 17-18.

The Swim Team had a successful first meet of the season last weekend. According to Coach Amanda Labriola, Kahale Naehu-Ramos has qualified for states in two events the 100 breaststroke and the 50 freestyle. Genevieve Kikukawa got personal bests in all her events and is a second off of the qualifying time for the 100 backstroke. Michelle McGuire dropped more than 10 seconds in her 200 freestyle and gained a personal record in the 100 freestyle as well. She aded that both freshmen girls Kapili Naehu-Ramos and Kayla Derouin swam amazing for their first high school meet.

“I was all around extremely impressed with the outcome,” said Labriola. “They came with their goals set and achieved them above and beyond what I could have ever asked for.”

The next swim meet is on Jan. 20-21 on Maui, with MIL championships on Feb. 3-4, and the state championships will be on Feb. 10-11.


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