On February 8 and 9, the ‘Iolani Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving teams competed in the HHSAA State Championships at the K. Mark Takai Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center. Competing against schools from all islands, the ‘Iolani boys team placed 4th overall while the girls team placed 16th overall.
Securing the most points for the Boys Diving team was Ethan Buck ’19, who took the State Champion title in the 1-meter springboard with a total of 368 points. This was Buck’s first year diving, and he secured the State title with only four months of diving experience. “I finished 19 out of 19 places in the first meet of the season and I gradually progressed, placing higher and higher at each meet thanks to the support and encouragement of my teammates and coaches,” said Buck. “It was very rewarding to see that all the hard work I put in throughout the season paid off when it counted.” Fellow diver Culley Jones ’20 came in second overall. For the girls, Kylee Takanishi ’20 placed 4th, Kimiye Maeshiro ’19 placed 5th, and Lauren Takanishi ’21 placed 6th overall.
For swimming, the ‘Iolani Boys 200 Meter Medley Relay came in 4th, and their 200 Meter Free Relay came in 5th. Individually, Jon Reiter ’21 took 5th for breastroke and 6th for 200 IM. Fellow teammate Walter Lee ‘19 took 8th in the 100 butterfly. The ‘Iolani Girls 200 Meter Free Relay unfortunately took 10th, landing them as an alternate for the finals heat. Jennifer Reiter ’22, however, took 6th for the 100 backstroke.
Although the ‘Iolani Swimming and Diving teams did not come out on top this year, there are still many bright spots and great individual performances to appreciate. Most importantly though, swimmers and divers had a season to remember through the team bond they created. “Although swimming is seen as a individual sport, the team I swam with always upheld the One Team spirit,” said Walter Lee ’19. “I am so proud of my team and am excited for what they will achieve in the future.”