MIL girls get it done

Matsumoto, Eyre, Anderson, O’Brien, Buenrostro-Gallimore win state gold

Seabury Hall’s Jasmine O’Brien successfully defends her title in the girls 500-yard freestyle Saturday at the K. Mark Takai Swimming and Diving State Championships at Kihei Aquatic Center. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

KIHEI — It was Girls Day for the Maui Interscholastic League at the K. Mark Takai State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at the Kihei Aquatic Center.

Five different MIL girls won individual state titles in the eight-event individual race slate. Adding in Baldwin High School’s title in the 200-yard medley relay, the MIL claimed gold medals in six out of 11 total girls events.

“I think Maui has just got … we just have this bond,” King Kekaulike sophomore Aniston Eyre said after finishing first in the 50-yard freestyle and second in the 100 free. “I don’t know, just Maui girls.”

The Baldwin girls finished second in the team standings with 40 points, 26 behind Punahou.

No MIL boys teams scored in the meet. The Punahou boys scored 67 points, 30 more than Mid-Pacific.

King Kekaulike’s Aniston Eyre smiles with Baldwin’s Rebecca Buenrostro-Gallimore after winning the girls 50 free. Buenrostro-Gallimore placed second. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

The day started with a group Maui cheer amongst the MIL girls and the parade of gold ended with an emotional win for Baldwin senior Rebecca Buenrostro-Gallimore in the 100 backstroke, an event she qualified for in fourth place.

It was the last competitive swim for Buenrostro-Gallimore, the reigning MIL Water Polo Player of the Year who plans to pursue that sport in college. The unexpected win came after a second-place finish in the 50 free, behind Eyre.

“I didn’t expect it, but I knew I just wanted to finish my career strong, knowing that it was my last race,” Buenrostro-Gallimore said after touching in 57.17 seconds. “So, I’m stoked. That’s a (personal record). I’ve never gotten 57-low — I was shooting for that. … I can’t believe it. It was everything.”

Seabury Hall junior Jasmine O’Brien defended her state title in the 500 freestyle, rebounding from a fourth-place finish in the 200 free.

“I was hoping to swim faster,” O’Brien said after touching in 4:59.70, 4.26 seconds off the state record she set last year. “I was hoping to improve my best time, improve that record. But, I guess, to be able to defend that title, it’s pretty cool.”

The Bears’ Kaimilani Matsumoto heads to a win in the girls 200 individual medley. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Lahainaluna sophomore Lexi Anderson won the 100 butterfly, and later finished fifth in the 100 back.

Anderson’s time of 54.85 in the butterfly was a personal record by more than a second.

“I’ve been trying to get my best time, it just wasn’t coming to me,” Anderson said. “Then, I don’t know, I just felt on fire. I was, like, ‘I’m going to go fast today.’ I just kind of felt it. Through the race, I was like, ‘Alright, this is going to be good.’ “

Anderson smiled when asked about her Valley Isle peers.

“We’re kind of like a dynamite island right now, compared to all the other islands,” she said. “Everybody always thinks of Oahu, but not this year, not this time.”

Lahainaluna’s Lexi Anderson wins the girls 100-yard butterfly in 54.85 seconds Saturday at Kihei Aquatic Center. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Eyre’s time of 23.69 in the 50 was a personal record by 0.3 seconds.

“I’m really sad high school (swimming) is ending because it’s always a really, really fun season for me,” Eyre said. “It was just such an awesome day for all of us.”

Baldwin junior Kaimilani Matsumoto won the 200 individual medley and then took second in the 100 breaststroke after entering with the seventh-fastest qualifying time — the breaststroke breakthrough came moments after Buenrostro-Gallimore’s victory in the 100 back.

“I’m very thankful that I was able to get first and second, I’m very pleased,” Matsumoto said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the girls though. They really push you, we really push each other. They’re just such a great group of girls. I feel grateful to race against them.”

Buenrostro-Gallimore and Matsumoto teamed with senior Bailey Augustine and freshman Kylie Carter to win the 200 medley relay. That same foursome finished second in the 200 free relay.

Baldwin’s Rebecca Buenrostro-Gallimore wins the girls 100 backstroke in 57.17. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

“They’re a strong group of girls, they train hard and they perform really well,” Matsumoto said. “It was great, we have a really good group here on Maui. They’re fun to be around. They’re really hard- working and I’m so happy that I’m with them.”

Maui Prep’s Kysha Altura, a two-time state champion last season who is headed to Fordham University on a full-ride swimming scholarship, finished second in the 200 free and 100 butterfly, behind Anderson.

“I feel relieved. I did the best I could at these states and that’s all I could ask for,” Altura said. “Just give it all I got because this is my last states and I actually cried two nights ago because I was thinking about that, like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is my last high school states, what am I going to do after this?’ … I am really excited to see what all these girls do in the future.”

MIL girls went 1-2 in the 50 free and 100 fly, and 1-4-5 in the 100 back, with Maui High freshman Jordynn Brown in fourth. Brown was also sixth in the 100 free.

The only MIL boy to make an individual final, King Kekaulike junior Austin DeCambra, finished eighth in the 100 breaststroke.

King Kekaulike’s Austin DeCambra competes in the boys 100 breaststroke — he finished eighth. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Other point scorers (top five) from the MIL included Seabury Hall senior Skylar Lickle, who was third in 1-meter diving, and the Spartans’ foursome of Madison Eiting, Kamille Pellettireri, Paige Nagahama and O’Brien, who took fifth in the 400 free relay.

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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K. MARK TAKAI SWIMMING AND DIVING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday’s Results

At Kihei Aquatic Center

Note: MIL competitors in BOLD

Girls

Team standings–1. Punahou 66, 2. Baldwin 40, 3. Kamehameha Kapalama 28, 4. Hawaii Prep 22, 5. Kaiser 15, 6. Seabury Hall 13, 6. Kalani 13, 8. King Kekaulike 10, 9. Maui Prep 8, 10. Lahainaluna 7, 11. Le Jardin 6, 12. Waiakea 4, 13. Maui High 2, 13. Leilehua 2, 13. Moanalua 2, 16. Maryknoll 1, 16. Iolani 1.

1-meter diving–1. Emma Ng Pack, Punahou, 363.80; 2. Elena Yuen, Punahou, 361.75; 3. Skylar Lickle, Seabury Hall, 356.55; 4. Jill Chaffee, Kaiser, 346.15; 5. Lauren Takanishi, Iolani, 329.25; 6. Channe Asuncion, Kaiser, 310.65; 7. Nicole Nagata, Iolani, 309.85; 8. Mahana Merrill, Baldwin, 305.70.

200-yard medley relay–1. Baldwin (Rebecca Buenrostro-Gallimore, Kaimilani Matsumoto, Bailey Augustine, Kylie Carter) 1:48.22, 2. Punahou 1:48.76, 3. Kamehameha Kapalama 1:50.81, 4. Kaiser 1:50.92, 5. Kalani 1:51.52, 6. Maui Prep 1:53.23, 7. Seabury Hall 1:54.45.

200 freestyle–1. Sydnee Whitty, Punahou, 1:50.69; 2. Kysha Altura, Maui Prep, 1:50.96; 3. Shaye Story, Kamehameha Kapalama, 1:54.03; 4. Jasmine O’Brien, Seabury Hall, 1:54.19; 5. Mina Poppas, Waiakea, 1:54.38; 6. Mari Yasumi, Kaiser, 1:56.17; 7. Chanel Ng, Punahou, 1:57.91; 8. Reyna Iwamoto, Moanalua, 2:00.17.

200 IM–1. Kaimilani Matsumoto, Baldwin, 2:04.87; 2. Maile Lawson, Hawaii Prep, 2:05.46; 3. Nohea Lileikis, Punahou, 2:07.36; 4. Jamy Lum, Kamehameha Kapalama, 2:08.20; 5. Shirley Li, Kalani, 2:09.06; 6. Paloma Banto, Maui Prep, 2:09.94; 7. Korrie Tengan, Waiakea, 2:13.46; 8. Kyrie Sasaki, Punahou, 2:14.13.

50 freestyle–1. Aniston Eyre, King Kekaulike, 23.69; 2. Rebecca Buenrostro-Gallimore, Baldwin, 24.21; 3. Alexa Phillips, Punahou, 24.41; 4. Karly Noetzel, Hawaii Prep, 24.47; 5. Kimberly Guevara, Maryknoll, 24.57; 6. Kate Fujii, Kalani, 24.64; 7. Rose Garcia, La Pietra, 24.68; 8. Chanel Ng, Punahou, 24.98.

100 butterfly–1. Lexi Anderson, Lahainaluna, 54.85; 2. Kysha Altura, Maui Prep, 58.23; 3. Tori Gacutan, Punahou, 58.49; 4. Shirley Li, Kalani, 58.51; 5. Kaya Takashige, Leilehua, 59.36; 6. Mikaila Domingo, Kapolei, 59.57; 7. Paulina Ruelas, Kalani, 1:00.10; 8. Kyrie Sasaki, Punahou, 1:00.38.

100 freestyle–1. Sydnee Whitty, Punahou, 51.18; 2. Aniston Eyre, King Kekaulike, 52.16; 3. Kira Parker, Hawaii Prep, 52.44; 4. Nohea Lileikis, Punahou, 52.67; 5. Sofia Carlson, Kaiser, 53.25; 6. Jordynn Brown, Maui High, 53.50; 7. Kate Fujii, Kalani, 53.66; 8. Ku’uleionalani Patterson, Kealakehe, 53.91.

500 freestyle–1. Jasmine O’Brien, Seabury Hall, 4:59.70; 2. Shaye Story, Kamehameha Kapalama, 5:03.59; 3. Mina Poppas, Waiakea, 5:09.41; 4. Reyna Iwamoto, Moanalua, 5:14.25; 5. Mallory Meister, Punahou, 5:16.72; 6. Olivia Stoetzer, St. Andrew’s, 5:17.76; 7. Caroline Short, Maui High, 5:22.25; 8. Josie Mobley, Punahou, 5:22.71.

200 freestyle relay–1. Punahou (Sydnee Whitty, Chanel Ng, Alexa Phillips, Tori Gacutan) 1:36.61, 2. Baldwin 1:39.09, 3. Kaiser 1:40.47, 4. Kamehameha Kapalama 1:41.58, 5. Le Jardin 1:42.77, 6. Maui Prep 1:44.91, 7. Iolani 1:45.76, 8. Maui High 1:48.75.

100 backstroke–1. Rebecca Buenrostro-Gallimore, Baldwin, 57.17; 2. Alana Barthel, Le Jardin, 57.58; 3. Kira Parker, Hawaii Prep, 57.66; 4. Jordynn Brown, Maui High, 58.77; 5. Lexi Anderson, Lahainaluna, 59.30; 6. Erin Patterson, Kaiser, 59.91; 7. Echo Baraquio, Maryknoll, 1:00.61; 8. Korrie Tengan, Waiakea, 1:01.77.

100 breaststroke–1. Maile Lawson, Hawaii Prep, 1:02.51; 2. Kaimilani Matsumoto, Baldwin, 1:05.29; 3. Jamy Lum, Kamehameha Kapalama, 1:05.34; 4. Mari Yasumi, Kaiser, 1:06.62; 5. Kaya Takashige, Leilehua, 1:07.29; 6. Paloma Banto, Maui Prep, 1:07.74; 7. Ku’uleionalani Patterson, Kealakehe, 1:07.84; 8. Abbey Mitchell, Le Jardin, 1:09.93.

400 freestyle relay–1. Punahou (Alexa Phillips, Sydnee Whitty, Chanel Ng, Nohea Lileikis) 3:29.35, 2. Kalani 3:37.43, 3. Kamehameha Kapalama 3:39.87, 4. Hawaii Prep 3:44.22, 5. Seabury Hall 3:45.77, 6. Waiakea 3:47.35, 7. Le Jardin 3:47.97, 8. Maui High 3:48.03.

Boys

Team standings–1. Punahou 67, 2. Mid-Pacific 37, 3. Kamehameha Kapalama 35, 4. Iolani 27, 5. Kalani 15, 6. Kaiser 12, 6. Roosevelt 12, 6. Kauai 12, 9. Le Jardin 8, 10. Leilehua 5, 11. Saint Louis 4, 12. University 2, 12. Campbell 2, 14. Hilo 1, 14. Hawaii Prep 1.

1-meter diving–1. Dyson Lee, Iolani, 313.95; 2. Aaron Kwok, Iolani, 311.05; 3. Culley Jones, Iolani, 301.00; 4. Calvin Carpenter, Mid-Pacific, 298.90; 5. Kore Ohumukini, Hilo, 280.00; 6. Luke Bradley, Punahou, 272.10; 7. Matt Ching, Hawaii Prep, 269.75; 8. Noa Schachtel, Punahou, 266.45.

200-yard medley relay–1. Punahou (Sean Kwon, Jason Hiremath, Ray Sakamoto, Jake Gaughan) 1:34.67, 2. Kamehameha Kapalama 1:35.32, 3. Iolani 1:39.52, 4. Le Jardin 1:42.01, 5. Kalani 1:43.38, 6. Hawaii Prep 1:43.44, 7. Roosevelt 1:43.50, 8. Baldwin 1:44.56.

200 freestyle–1. Allen Hayakawa, Mid-Pacific, 1:43.08; 2. Denison Piosalan, Saint Louis, 1:44.48; 3. Hendrick Bose, Leilehua, 1:45.50; 4. Micah Ginoza, Kaiser, 1:46.96; 5. Aapo Eerola, Hawaii Prep, 1:47.08; 6. Makena Ginoza, University, 1:47.72; 7. Ethan Bosworth, Punahou, 1:48.08; 8. Brock Imonen, Hawaii Prep, 1:49.54.

200 IM–1. Michael Petrides, Mid-Pacific, 1:48.73; 2. Tyler Kawakami, Punahou, 1:52.69; 3. DH Hwang, Kalani, 1:53.92; 4. Jaek Horner, Kamehameha Kapalama, 1:54.25; 5. Jack Machorek, Kauai, 1:55.55; 6. Nicholas Nakaya, University, 1:57.03; 7. CJ Berg, Moanalua, 1:59.44; 8. Jarrett Takahashi, Kaiser, 1:59.97.

50 freestyle–1. Joseph Ahia, Roosevelt, 21.11; 2. Noah Peters, Punahou, 21.35; 3. Josh Nekoba, Punahou, 21.56; 4. Noah Carlson, Kaiser, 21.58; 5. Colin Fergueson, Campbell, 22.40; 6. Ethan Bosworth, Punahou, 22.42; 7. Noa Copp, Kamehameha Kapalama, 22.53; 8. Kaden Parker, Hawaii Prep, 22.75.

100 butterfly–1. Joseph Ahia, Roosevelt, 50.26; 2. Kanoa Sawai, Kamehameha Kapalama, 50.69; 3. Zachary Safford, Kauai, 51.20; 4. Josh Nekoba, Punahou, 51.55; 5. Ray Sakamoto, Punahou, 51.71; 6. Weylin Foo, Kealakehe, 52.49; 7. Ronan Witherwax, Punahou, 53.16; 8. Corbin Lofton, Island Pacific, 53.31.

100 freestyle–1. Michael Petrides, Mid-Pacific, 44.36; 2. Tyler Kawakami, Punahou, 45.38; 3. Noah Carlson, Kaiser, 46.64; 4. Hendrick Bose, Leilehua, 47.56; 5. Jake Gaughan, Punahou, 47.78; 6. Schuyler Cole, Punahou, 48.54; 7. Jaesun Lee, Punahou, 49.17; 8. Rayne Duhaylonsod, Kalani, 49.28.

500 freestyle–1. DH Hwang, Kalani, 4:32.17; 2. Jack Machorek, Kauai, 4:39.89; 3. Micah Ginoza, Kaiser, 4:40.28; 4. James Lyon, Punahou, 4:44.37; 5. Makena Ginoza, University, 4:48.91; 6. Brock Imonen, Hawaii Prep, 4:51.39; 7. Denison Piosalan, Saint Louis, 4:54.54; 8. Matthew Olson, Punahou, 4:54.95.

200 freestyle relay–1. Punahou (Noah Peters, Jake Gaughan, Ethan Bosworth, Sean Kwon) 1:26.52, 2. Mid-Pacific 1:28.37, 3. Iolani 1:30.21, 4. Kamehameha Kapalama 1:31.39, 5. Kauai 1:31.60, 6. Hawaii Prep 1:31.76, 7. Roosevelt 1:32.75, 8. Kaiser 1:32.26.

100 backstroke–1. Noah Peters, Punahou, 51.60; 2. Sean Kwon, Punahou, 52.77; 3. Allen Hayakawa, Mid-Pacific, 53.59; 4. Amos Jun, Iolani, 53.69; 5. Jonel Escobar, Campbell, 53.88; 6. Jaesun Lee, Punahou, 54.35; 7. Devin Alejado, Kamehameha Kapalama, 54.64; 8. Kainoa Yee, Hanalani, 54.74.

100 breaststroke–1. Jaek Horner, Kamehameha Kapalama, 56.48; 2. Luke Faurot, Le Jardin, 57.91; 3. Kanoa Sawai, Kamehameha Kapalama, 58.10; 4. Zachary Safford, Kauai, 58.88; 5. Nicholas Nakaya, University, 59.62; 6. CJ J Berg, Moanalua, 59.76; 7. Jason Hiremath, Punahou, 1:00.00; 8. Austin DeCambra, King Kekaulike, 1:00.30.

400 freestyle relay–1. Punahou (Tyler Kawakami, Noah Peters, Josh Nekoba, Jake Gaughan) 3:06.01, 2. Kamehameha Kapalama 3:15.37, 3. Mid-Pacific 3:16.03, 4. Kalani 3:18.91, 5. Kaiser 3:19.13, 6. Iolani 3:19.42, 7. Hawaii Prep 3:22.88, 8. Radford 3:26.42.

Maui High’s Jordynn Brown heads to a fourth-place finish in the girls 100 backstroke in 58.77. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Baldwin’s Brandon Kwock Fukuda swims the breaststroke leg of the boys 200 medley relay. The Bears placed eighth. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Punahou’s Sydnee Whitty (bottom) out-touches Maui Prep’s Kysha Altura by 0.27 seconds to win the girls 200 freestyle in 1:50.69. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Buenrostro-Gallimore, Bailey Augustine, Kaimilani Matsumoto and Kylie Carter stand on the podium with their gold medals from the girls 200 medley relay. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

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