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Punahou sweeps team titles without winning an individual event at state swimming championships

By Billy Hull on February 16, 2020

Note: This story appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. For the fifth year in a row, Punahou swept the team titles in the K. Mark Takai/HHSAA Swimming State Championships on Saturday on Maui. The Buffanblu didn’t have an individual event winner on either side but swept the boys and girls 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay events. Punahou’s girls’ 60 points doubled King Kekaulike and the boys’ 58 points beat Kamehameha, which finished second with 32 points. […]

Kalani swim coach Victoria Ruelas was first girl starter in Little League World Series

By Nick Abramo on February 15, 2020

The year was 1989, when girls playing Little League baseball was a lot less common than it is today. Victoria Ruelas was one of the girls who was excelling at it back then. Now the Kalani swimming and diving coach, Ruelas broke new ground when she was the first American female to play in the Little League World Series and the first girl starting player and first girl pitcher. It was with the San Pedro Eastview Little League in California, […]

Kalani swimmer Paulina Ruelas is readying for states and Sioux Falls

By Nick Abramo on February 11, 2020

Kalani swimmer Paulina Ruelas sometimes wonders what it’s like to not be busy with schoolwork or practice. “There’s a few times I go to the mall and be a regular teenager who is not involved in school so much,” she said. “In those moments, I say, ‘Wow, this is what it’s like.’ If I could I would hang out with friends and go to the beach and just relax. When we go to the beach, it’s usually for practice at […]

Kamehameha’s Shaye Story, Pac-Five’s Grace Monahan add to ILH swimming golds

By Billy Hull on February 1, 2020

Kamehameha junior Shaye Story and Pac-Five sophomore Grace Monahan added to their collection of ILH swimming gold medals on Saturday at the league championships at Kamehameha. Both swimmers have seven career golds and their prep careers aren’t close to being over yet. >> PHOTO GALLERY: ILH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS Story won the 500 freestyle event for the third consecutive year and repeated in the 200 freestyle. She has also won two golds in the 200 medley relay, but did not compete […]

Kalani’s Paulina Ruelas helps Falcons end Kaiser’s OIA swimming streak

By Billy Hull on January 27, 2020

Kalani’s Paulina Ruelas won four gold medals to lead the Falcons to the girls team title at the 2020 OIA Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at K. Mark Takai Veterans Memorial Aquatics Complex in Waipahu. Ruelas won the 200 individual medley for the third time and added victories in the 200 freestyle along with relay wins in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle to give her nine gold medals for her career. Only seven girls swimmers have won more […]

Bucking the expectations

By Brian McInnis on February 9, 2019

In his first diving meet, Ethan Buck placed 19 out of 19. That was a just a couple of months ago. On Saturday, Buck improbably won it all at the HHSAA/K. Mark Takai Swimming and Diving championships. Buck, a water polo player, didn’t get up on a diving board (competitively, at least) for the first time until November. “So my girlfriend (Isabel) does diving, and we started dating, and I wasn’t doing a sport in the winter,” Buck said. “She […]

State swim meet wide open going into finals

By Jerry Campany on February 8, 2019

If the preliminaries of the K. Mark Takai/HHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships are any indication, Saturday’s finals will have a rainbow of schools represented on the top step of the podiums. Five different schools won trials on the girls side on Friday and four different schools had the fastest boy in the eight individual events. Kamehameha’s Jaek Horner doubled up in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, threatening MJ Mao of Maryknoll’s state meet record of 54.4 seconds […]

Pac-Five freshman sets record at ILH swimming

By Billy Hull on January 26, 2019

Punahou swept the boys and girls teams titles at the ILH Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, but the only record-breaking performance was by a freshman from Pac-Five. Grace Monahan won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 2.02 seconds, breaking Jasmine Mau’s league record set in 2013. Monahan beat Kamehameha senior Jamy Lum, the defending league champion in the event, by more than six seconds. Monahan won both events she competed in. Her time of 54.82 seconds in the […]