On January 25 and January 26, the ‘Iolani Girls and Boys Varsity Swim team competed in the ILH Championships at Punahou School. With a strong performance in trials on Friday, every swimmer and relay made it to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) Swimming Championships on Saturday.
The Reiter siblings, Jen Reiter ’22 and Jon Reiter ’21, proved to be exceptional contributions to the team, with each placing in the top three of their individual events. Jen placed second overall for her 100 backstroke event, with a time of 59.70, earning seven points for the team. Jon placed third in his 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.05, earning six points for the team.
“For prelims I tried to stay calm and relaxed,” said Jon. “But for Finals, I had to really hype myself up to race against a few of the fastest swimmers in Hawaii. As a sophomore, it was intimidating to compete against the six seniors and one junior in my heat, but I was still able to place third.”
The Girls and Boys Varsity Swimming teams each placed third overall for the 400-free relay, earning 24 points overall. Originally the girls placed fourth; however, the Punahou relay was disqualified for an early start.
For many swimmers, the ILH Swimming Championships was their last chance to qualify for states. For Kiralee Kuraoka ‘21, hard work and determination paid off. In trials a day prior to the ILH Championships, she swam a 1:12.60, making the 1:13.99 cut for States, and securing a place in the finals.
The Girls and Boys Varsity Swim Team each placed fourth overall in the ILH Championships. The Girls earned 61 points and the Boys, who tied with Mid-Pacific Institute, earned 54 points. In the next two weeks, the team will prepare for the HHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships on February 8 and 9 at Central Oahu Regional Park. Hoping to make to the final round at States, Jon said, “I’m looking forward to putting my training and preparation to the test for the finale of this swimming season.”