KSM paddling to send three to HHSAA state championship

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Photo by Mehana Lee

The Varsity Mix I crew paddle to shore after winning second place during the MIL Championship Regatta on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Kahului Harbor.

Mehana Lee

By Mehana Lee, news editor

Three of the six varsity paddling crews are locked in to compete in next week’s state tournament at Ke’ehi Lagoon, O’ahu.

The Maui Warriors paddling team gave it their all during the Maui Interscholastic League Championship regatta on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Kahului Harbor.

The first seed MIL champion boys 1 crew will be joined by the girls 1 and mixed 1 crews, who are going in as second seed.

The boys 1 crew ended their perfect season with another first place today.

“I feel confident going into the state championship because our times are looking good as of now, and this last race will really give us a preview on how we’re going to do in states,” senior Bryce Takabayashi said before the boys 1 final.

The boys 1 crew’s biggest competitors at the First Hawaiian Bank Canoe Paddling 2013 Championships are Kamehameha Schools Kapālama from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and Kalaheo High School from the O’ahu Interscholastic Association.

The best time for the Kalaheo’s boys 1 crew this season was one second faster than the Maui Warriors’.

Head Coach Robert Brede said the crew is going to train their hardest for the next three practices before the state championship.

“Next week it’s all about training hard and going to states and giving it the best they got,” Coach Brede said.

Coming in second behind Seabury Hall, the girls 1 and mixed 1 crews will also be practicing hard to prepare for the state championship.

“There’s things we have to work on here and there, but other than that, I think we have a pretty good crew this year,” senior Kayla Purdy said.

One of the highlights for the mixed 1 crew this season was when they broke Seabury Hall’s three-meet winning streak, by coming in first place over the Spartans at last week’s regatta.

Coach Brede said the Maui Warriors paddling team has improved.

“Every race we progressed by at least 10% throughout the season. Every practice we progressed, all the way up to these races. The results show how much they put into it, how much effort they gave. If they put out all they have, then that’s all that we [coaches] ask for,” he said.

Here are the results from today’s regatta:

JV Girls I
1st King Kekaulike High School
2nd Moloka’i High School
3rd Kamehameha Schools Maui

JV Boys I
1st Maui High School
2nd Baldwin High School
3rd Kamehameha Schools Maui

JV Mixed I
1st Maui High School
2nd Baldwin High School
3rd Kamehameha Schools Maui

JV Girls II
1st King Kekaulike High School
2nd Moloka’i High School
3rd Baldwin High School
KSM placed 4th

JV Boys II
1st Baldwin High School
2nd Kamehameha Schools Maui
3rd Seabury Hall

JV Mixed II
1st Kamehameha Schools Maui
2nd King Kekaulike High School
3rd Maui High School

Varsity Girls I
1st Seabury Hall
2nd Moloka’i High School
3rd Kamehameha Schools Maui

Varsity Boys I
1st Kamehameha Schools Maui
2nd Baldwin High School
3rd Seabury Hall

Varsity Mixed I
1st Seabury Hall
2nd Kamehameha Schools Maui
3rd Maui High School

Varsity Girls II
1st Moloka’i High School
2nd Seabury Hall
3rd King Kekaulike High School
KSM placed 4th

Varsity Boys II
1st Maui High School
2nd Baldwin High School
3rd Seabury Hall
KSM placed 4th

Varsity Mixed II
1st Seabury Hall
2nd Lāhainaluna High School
3rd King Kekaulike High School
KSM placed 6th