Punahou girls dominate the pool

Punahou's Maddie Balish won two races on Friday. Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser
Punahou’s Maddie Balish won two races on Friday. Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser

Punahou swimmers Maddie Balish, Lia Foster and Kelly Fricke each won two individual races at the ILH meet at Punahou on Friday.

Balish, a sophomore, started her day with a win in the 200 IM, beating Pac-Five’s Kayla Ippongi by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 2:13.98. She then beat teammate Kara Machida by a second in the 100 free with the time of 55.46. She later teamed with Machida to come in second in the 400 free relay to Pac-Five’s quartet of Taylor Peralta, Katherine Guevara, Hallie Pound and Ippongi.

Foster and Fricke had one more win than Balish, joining Katie Woo and Madison Meister to win the 200 medley relay by five seconds over Pac-Five.


Foster’s individual wins came in the 50 free with a time of 25.22 seconds and the 500 free, where she covered the distance in 5:08.34 to beat teammate Leia Deer.

Fricke, a senior, won the 100 fly with a time of 1:02.65 and the 100 back with a 1:02.97.


Boys who doubled up were Pac-Five’s Gabriel Hanaoka in the 50 and 100 free and Punahou sophomore Aukai Lileikis, who anchored the winning 200 medley relay team and won the 100 fly and 100 back.


Here are the complete results:

Results–30 Jan JV & V

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