JFK Islanders tighten their grip on top boating spots | Sports


The John F. Kennedy Islanders tied the knots in all three varsity paddling divisions of the Guam Kayak and Canoe Federation and Interscholastic Athletic Association paddling season after Race No. 4 on Saturday at Matapang Beach. .

Race No. 4 featured a 1,000 meter race on a 250 meter track, meaning the teams raced through three corners and finished where they started.


In the Sottera Division, or Women’s College Division, JFK led 1-2-1 in all three sets and had 29 of a possible 30 runs. They lead the division with 115 points.

The Notre Dame Royals put up a solid performance, going 2-1-2 for 28 points, closing the gap on Simon Sanchez High, who finished 3-3-3 for 24 points. The Sharks are still second overall with 105 points, but the Royals are only four points behind. Equal performances from Sanchez and Notre Dame would tie things up heading into the final weekend.


In the Sottero Division, or co-ed college division, the Islanders went 1-1-2 for 29 points and continue to lead the overall standings with 115 points.

The Royals finished third, then fourth, but bounced back to win the third set to earn 25 points for the day and retain second place in the division with 106 points.

The Okkodo Bulldogs and Sharks had equal performances and each team finished the day with 24 points. They hold 94 and 92 points respectively in total.


In the Sotteru Division, or Men’s College Division, the Islanders went 1-2-2 for 29 points for the day and clocked the fastest time of the day, clearing the 1,000-meter course in 5 minutes 48 seconds in the first round. The second closest time was recorded by the Bulldogs at 5:58.

JFK pulled away from the second-placed Royals, who went 3-1-2 to score 27 points for the day. The Royals now trail the Islanders by six points overall.

The Bulldogs sit in third place, six points behind the Royals with 101 points. They finished 2-3-5 to earn 23 points for the day.

The high school paddling season takes a break on March 5 before the last race of the season on March 12. This last race will include an 800 meter race with one lap and two 1,000 meter races with three laps. An awards ceremony will follow with recognition given to the first, second and third in each division.


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