Eyre, O’Brien, Brown capture multiple medals at state meet
MIL swimmers unable to reach top of podium
The Maui Interscholastic League did not win a race at the Local Motion/HHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Central Oahu Regional Park on Saturday, but the state meet served as a final prep farewell for a state record holder and fuel for several swimmers who didn’t find gold.
Jasmine O’Brien of Seabury Hall, a two-time state champion and state record holder in the 500-yard freestyle, left her strong legacy intact with a pair of third-place finishes in the 200 and 500 freestyles.
O’Brien finished the 200 free in 1 minute, 52,52 seconds, and the 500 in 5:00.57, both the fastest times she has swum in a year. Her state record in the 500 is 4:55.44, which she set as a sophomore in 2017.
“You know, I really wanted to go best times, but for the moment I’m content with how I swam today because I have had a rough year, year and a half, so just the improvement from how I have been swimming is encouraging,” O’Brien said. “I’m going to train harder because I really want to get my times down to where they were.”
Maui High sophomore Jordynn Brown finished second in the 200 free in a lifetime-best 1:51.98 and took third in the 100 backstroke in 58.21 seconds, one spot behind Lahainaluna’s Lexi Anderson (57.79).
“I have no complaints whatsoever, I’m just proud of my time,” Brown said. “I feel pretty good, but I want to get right back in the pool and start training so I can do better next year.”
King Kekaulike’s Aniston Eyre, a junior, was second in both the 50 (24.10) and 100 (52.75) freestyles. She won the 50 last year while finishing second in the 100.
Eyre and Brown will swim at Western Sectionals in Federal Way, Wash., next month. Eyre and Brown both said that windy conditions at the outdoor CORP facility took a toll on their times.
“Both of those times are pretty far off my lifetime bests,” Eyre said. “I’m OK with how I swam. My times wasn’t what I was shooting for, but I’m still happy for the competition here.”
Eyre finished behind Kaiser’s Sofia Carlson in both races.
“I know Sofia really well and I’m really happy that she was able to excel and give me a little run for the money there in those races,” Eyre said. “I am really excited for my upcoming senior year and also Sectionals coming up in March.”
The only MIL boy to finish in the top three was King Kekaulike senior Austin DeCambra, who took third in the 100 breaststroke in 58.36. He qualified for the junior national event when he won the MIL breaststroke title in 57.32 two weeks ago.
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