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Seabury girls take 3rd at state regatta

The Maui News

The Seabury Hall girls finished third at the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Canoe Paddling State Championships on Saturday at Keehi Lagoon in Honolulu, marking the Maui Interscholastic League’s best finish of the day.

The Spartans’ girls crew finished their half-mile race in 4 minutes, 28.13 seconds. Kamehameha Kapalama won the event in 4:12.61, and Punahou was second in 4:20.55.

Seabury Hall swept the three MIL titles this season — their mixed crew took fourth at state, while the boys finished seventh.

The Spartans are a young bunch — the only seniors to compete on Saturday were Amber Proctor, who was in both the girls and mixed races, while Josh Foley was the lone senior boy.

“I had just one senior in every race, young team, young team,” Seabury Hall head coach Paul Luuwai said. “We kind of had wide-open expectations at the beginning of the year in our preseason meetings. Our whole goal was to qualify for states. … Then when we became MIL champs, we really exceeded our individual goals. So, ‘OK, we took the (MIL) championships and where do we go from here?’

“So, yeah, I’m extremely pleased on our state championship performance.”

Besides Seabury Hall, the MIL put three other crews into the finals on Saturday, including the Molokai girls, who were eighth in 4:42.82.

Punahou won the boys title in 3:36.52, while Baldwin was sixth in 3:51.12 and Seabury Hall was seventh in 4:05.01.

In the mixed final, Kalaheo won the title in 3:46.37, edging Punahou by 0.41 seconds. Seabury Hall was fourth in 3:56.13, and King Kekaulike was sixth in 3:59.01.

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