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Punahou girls strong at ILH swim trials

By Jerry Campany on January 27, 2017

A trio of Punahou swimmers doubled up at the ILH trials at Punahou on Friday night, paving the way for another league title. Maddie Balish qualified first in the 200 freestyle to beat fellow state champions Cagla Brennan of Iolani and Pac-Five’s Le Grand Pound then came in first in the 100 breaststroke. Balish holds the ILH championship record in that event. Fellow Buffanblu state champion Lia Foster was first in the 200 IM and 100 back stroke. She holds […]

Kalani’s Hwang chasing OIA history

By Jerry Campany on January 27, 2017

Kalani swimmer Dongjin Hwang has a state gold medal to defend, but first he has another little bit of history to tackle. Hwang, the reigning state champion in the 500 freestyle and the only OIA boy to win a state event last year, is expected to jump into the pool for the OIA championships at Central Oahu Regional Park looking to add to his impressive haul. Hwang has earned eight gold medals in the league championship over the years, grabbing […]

Pound takes down fellow state champs

By Jerry Campany on January 22, 2017

LeGrand Pound of Sacred Hearts is getting her speed back. Pound, a junior with four state swimming golds to her credit, beat some fellow state champions in the ILH’s meet at ‘Iolani on Friday. Pound started with a win over ‘Iolani’s Cagla Brennan and Punahou’s Maddie Balish in the 200 freestyle, swimming the distance in 1:57.25. Brennan, a senior, had a 1:58.74 and Balish went 2:02.03. Brennan is the reigning state champ in the 500 free and Balish has collected […]

Foster triples in ILH swim meet

By Jerry Campany on January 13, 2017

Punahou senior Lia Foster had a hand in three wins at Friday’s ILH swim meet at her home pool. Foster began her day leading the Buffanblu to first place in the 200 medley relay, an event she has helped Punahou win at states the last three years. She has eight gold medals at states in all. She joined with fellow senior Madison Meister, freshman Tori Gacutan and sophomore Daralyn Wen to cover the distance in 1:52.63 to beat Kamehameha by […]

HHSAA to honor Takai

By Jerry Campany on January 11, 2017

The HHSAA is renaming its swimming and diving championships after late congressman K. Mark Takai. The 1985 Hall of Honor inductee won the gold medal in the 100 freestyle in 1984 and was just the second boy to crack 48 seconds with his 47.9 clocking. He also won the 100 breaststroke that year with a time of 57.72 and defended his title the next year with a 59.98 effort. He was the first swimmer inducted into the Hall of Honor, […]

Mao, Zhi double up in ILH swimming

By Jerry Campany on January 6, 2017

Pac-Five swimmers M.J. Mao and Albert Zhi both won two races in an ILH meet at Iolani on Friday. Mao won the 50 free with a time of 21.81 and later took the 100 back in 56.09 seconds. Zhi was victorious in the 200 free in 1:44.83 and the 100 free in 46.87. They were the only boys to double up. Other winners included Tyler Sakamoto (Punahou), Jack Horner (Kamehameha), Josh Nekoba (Punahou) and Jack Lee (Iolani). Sophomore Chanel Ng […]

Q&A: ‘Iolani swim champion Çagla Brennan

By Paul Honda on January 3, 2017

Çagla Brennan keeps life simple: work hard, play hard, enjoy and celebrate the effort. It just so happens that she has the drive of a champion. Brennan is a defending state champion in the 500-meter freestyle who is a big spark for the ‘Iolani Raiders. Her coach at ‘Iolani Swim Club, Ivan Batzanov, is also on staff for the school’s varsity swim team. “She’s the hardest worker I have. She’s very committed to what she’s doing. I’ve coached her since […]

Lileikis leads Hawaii qualifiers in Olympic Trials

By Jason Kaneshiro on June 22, 2016

Recent Punahou graduate ’Aukai Lileikis owns the highest seed among swimmers with Hawaii ties who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which open Sunday in Omaha, Neb. According to the psych sheet released by USA Swimming on Wednesday, Lileikis is seeded 35th out of 115 qualifiers in the Men’s 200-meter Freestyle with a seed time of 1 minute, 49.90 seconds. Ryan Lochte is the top seed in the event and Michael Phelps is 14th. Lileikis, a California commit, is […]