Varsity girls paddling off to HHSAA state tournament

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Photo by Sheridan Kailiehu

The KSM girls paddling crew heads for the finish at MIL Meet #5 at Kahului Harbor, January 28, 2012. Though they placed fourth in this race, they had previously qualified for the state tournament to be held February 3, the only KSM crew to do so this year.

By Sheridan Kailiehu, Staff Writer

At the end of the final Maui Interscholastic League paddling regatta on Saturday, January 28, the varsity girls are the only crew to make it to the state finals.

Having locked in their place midway through the season, today’s fourth place finish behind Lahainaluna High School did not phase them. They are confident that they will be competetive at  the HHSAA Championships in Hilo next Friday.

In today’s race, Seabury Hall finished first, with a time of 4:55, and Moloka’i High School came in second.

“Our goal is to go out there, give the best we got, and hopefully do well at states,” Varsity Coach Robert Brede said.

Going into today’s meet, many hoped that the mixed 1 crew would do well, but they flipped their canoe at the final turn. It was a heated race because a first place win would have given them a ticket to the state championships, but the turn cost them that chance in the end.

Seabury Hall came in first in that race, followed by Baldwin High School in second, and King Kekaulike in third.

The varsity boys 1 crew came in fourth place behind King Kekaulike High School. Coming in first was Baldwin High School and second was Maui High School. This crew was not high enough in season standings to qualify for the state level regardless of the outcome of today’s regatta.

The varsity boys crew 2 placed third, behind Maui High and Seabury Hall, who came in first at 4:30 on the clock.

Earlier in the day, coaches from each competing high school recognized their seniors because this was the last regatta of the season. Christopher Kim, Kara Frampton, Nikki Davis and Dillon Tacdol were the four seniors from KSM.

The state finals is set for Friday, February 3, at Hilo Bayfront on the Big Island.

“I’m super excited to go to states. It was a really great season, and I’m looking forward to it,” senior paddler Nikki Davis said.

KSM JV Results:

JV girls 1
1st:   Kamehameha Maui
2nd: King Kekaulike High School

JV girls 2
1st: King Kekaulike High School
4th: Kamehameha Maui

JV boys 1
1st:   Baldwin High School
2nd: Kamehameha Maui
3rd:  Seabury Hall

JV boys 2
1st:   Baldwin High School
2nd: Kamehameha Maui

JV mixed 1
1st:   King Kekaulike High School
2nd: Kamehameha Maui
3rd: Baldwin High School

JV mixed 2
1st:   Baldwin High School (2:40)
2nd: Kamehameha Maui (2:41)