By Sarah Eckersley
KEA-AU, Hawaii, February 17. AT the Hawaii High School State Championships, Kealakehe High School and Punahou High School walked away with state titles. The Kealakehe girls scored 48 points for first, followed by Punahou (43) and Iolani (40). On the boys’ side, Punahou tallied 63 points while Iolani took second (42) and Hawaii Preparatory Academy placed third (41).
Kealakehe’s Alyssa Foo, Jade Morton, Kelly Jernigan, and Madison-Gail Huanio won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.85. Huanio and Foo also had individual wins. Huanio won the 200 IM (2:13.20) and Foo took first in the 100 backstroke (59.48).
Senior Sammy Moody (La Pietra School) was a dual event winner in the 200 freestyle (1:54.99) and the 100 butterfly (58.28).
Caitlyn Whang, Jodie Yamashiroya, Kelcie Kimura, and Asia Ayabe (Iolani) combined for a win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.88).
Punahou School’s Kathryn Chinn won the diving competition with a score of 422.80. Maria Zarka (St. Andrew’s Priory) and Sheyenne Machida (Maui) took second (408.35) and third (370.20), respectively.
Whang, Yamashiroya, Kimura, and Ayabe had a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (3:37.88).
Kaikea Nakachi, Kyle Katase, Logan Borowski, and Ryan Ross (Hawaii Preparatory Academy) took first in the 200 medley relay (1:37.52). Borowski also won the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.18.
Iolani’s Kevin Jones was a dual event winner in the 200 (1:43.38) and 500 (4:41.52) freestyles.
Punahou School won the 200 freestyle relay. Jason Frifeldt, Griffin Bolan, Robert Kiessling, and Thomas Fee clocked a time of 1:28.55 for the win.
Sophomore Kacy Johnson (Iolani) won the 200 IM (1:53.15) and the 100 freestyle (46.62).
Top finishers in the diving competition include Spencer Madanay (Punahou School) (468.50), Brandon Johnson (Hawaii School for the Deaf-Blind) (465.80), and Austin Howlett (Seabury Hall) (438.70).
Jones, Evan Hamamoto, David Lim, and Johnson closed the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay (3:14.01).
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