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Maui Preparatory Academy’s youth swim and paddling teams (pictured) are poised for future success.

NAPILI — Although the 2022 Maui Interscholastic League swim season was a regrouping effort after the previous year’s cancellation due to COVID-19 mandates, head coach Tex Ritter reports that the young team of Maui Prep still made an exceptional effort.

“This season has been exciting” Coach Ritter said last week. “This year the kids swam really well and everyone tested their full potential when it comes to the MIL Championships. And with such a young team, we hope to see great things to come. We are very proud of them all.

Na Pueo’s roster included five seniors, including team captain Zoe Gonzales, three juniors, five sophomores and five freshman student-athletes.

At the MIL Championships, Na Pueo was led by Mia Merrill, who won gold in the 100-yard breaststroke, took second place in the 500-m freestyle and swam one leg on the silver medal-winning Medley relay team. with Zoe Gonzales, Yuna Lee and Danna Hernandez.

On the boys’ side, Carter Bozich finished second in the 200 freestyle, Noah Caiserman took silver in the 500 freestyle and Legend Storer finished second in the 100 breaststroke final. These three boys and Noah Schwartzlow combined to take second place in the 400m freestyle relay.

Coach Ritter and assistants Danielle Jefferies and Gabby Lindblad took eight swimmers to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) State Championships on the Big Island. For Maui Prep, Merrill reached the final in the 100m breaststroke and Storer in the 100m freestyle.

“We look forward to next year with the return of these fast young swimmers, as well as the return of the underclasses and the addition of others,” Coach Ritter concluded.

Maui Preparatory Academy’s Hawaiian Canoe Paddling Team was a young team with only four students on the varsity roster, but according to head coach Boi Crichton, “It was great to get back into the canoes. We had a very young team this year who were really keen to learn and compete.

“Hats off to the coaching staff for keeping our student-athletes safe in and out of the water. Most importantly, all coaches and officials have worked very hard this paddling season to ensure the safety and health of all… We were challenged to see if it could be done safely, and we all came out victorious.

Coach Crichton was assisted by Mark Shimer, Lorena Martinez, Aubrey Huey, Juliet Bronstein and Brigit Abenoja.

The varsity team included Matthew Cahill, Dillon Jonke, Madison Quillin Schlesinger and Briana Van Boxtel.

Maui Prep’s junior varsity paddler roster consisted of Evan Ames, Gavin Ames, Preston Armstrong, Luka Boote, Coen Fitzgerald, Logan Kalar, Zion Lantz and Arshayah Marshall, Arjun Patel, Lola Doherty, Johnnie Holland, Leni Mullen, Kira Newton, Bishop Worth, Mayson Miles and Liya Petersen.

Na Pueo’s junior “A” varsity team season was highlighted by a bronze medal at the MIL Championships.


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