The Maui News 2013 MIL Swimming All-Stars
The owner of eight Maui Interscholastic League individual titles, a half-dozen state championships and a state-meet record in the 100-yard butterfly, Renny Richmond will happily share his final high school honor.
League coaches named the Seabury Hall senior the MIL Boys Co-Swimmer of the Year, along with Baldwin’s Jonah Hu. Sheila Altura, also from Baldwin, received the girls honor.
“He’s a good guy and he’s come a long way since his injury,” Richmond said of Hu, his friend and rival.
In 2009, Hu suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder and inflammation in his right. Each injury required surgery, causing him to sit out his freshman year. Now a junior, he led his squad to an MIL boys team crown and claimed a bronze medal in the state 100-meter breaststroke.
Richmond won four MIL gold medals this year, and Hu earned three.
“I had good teammates and good friends and family supporting me,” Hu said.
Hu recently started training for long-course races in Olympic-sized pools.
“He’s definitely been a joy to watch and his continued development,” said Baldwin coach Laura Lipp, honored as coach of the year. “He always puts a smile on and does whatever the team asks of him.”
Training was the last thing on Richmond’s mind last week while on a trip to Canada. The visit produced a scare, however, when he hit his head on a sheet of ice while snowboarding.
X-rays and MRI examinations showed no damage to his skull, with only slight swelling in his brain.
“It’s the first nonswimming trip I’ve had since I was 13 I know the next four or five years of my life will be solely dedicated to swimming,” said the Olympic trials qualifier, who has accepted a scholarship from Arizona.
Altura looks to spend the next few years absorbed in swimming as well. Over the weekend, she took part in six events at an age-group meet in Seattle, and hopes to compete for the University of West Florida.
Altura won four MIL titles this year, and the Bears won the team crown.
“I became more of a team player this year, and I’ve been enjoying myself,” she said.
Altura also drew praise from Lipp.
“She’s definitely very dedicated to swimming and it shows in her races,” Lipp said.
“She’s just happy to be swimming.”
* Chris Sugidono is at email@example.com