Barthel Breaks 11-Year-Old State Record; Punahou Sweeps Hawaii States



  1. Punahou 60
  2. King Kekaulike 30
  3. Kamehameha Schools Kapalama 28
  4. Kalani High School 20
  5. Kaiser High School 13


  1. Punahou 58
  2. Kamehameha Schools Kapalama 32
  3. Hawaii Preparatory Academy 30.5
  4. Iolani School 28
  5. Mililani Swimming & Diving 24

The Punahou boys and girls swept the 2020 Hawaii State Championships, extending their streak of titles. This was the 7th-straight win for the boys and the 5th-straight win for the girls. Though they didn’t win any individual titles, both the boys and girls won the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.

Le Jardin Academy’s Alana Barthel set a State Record in the 100 back twice at the meet. The former record had stood for 11 years. She first set the mark in prelims, hitting the wall in 55.53. She shaved another 3 tenths off that as she set her lifetime best 55.24 in the final. Le Jardin also got a win from sophomore Thomas Caps in the 100 breast. Caps, a sophomore, broke 56 for the first time to win the 100 breast in 55.539. He’s got 2 more years to go after the State Record, which stands at a 54.40 from 2016.

University Laboratory School sophomore Grace Monahan took down a 7-year-old State Record in the 200 IM earlier this season. She was off her best at the state meet, but won the event by body lengths in 2:01.58. Monahan was also the 100 fly champion in 54.49. We nearly saw another State Record go down in the girls’ 100 breast. Leilehua’s Kaya Takashige blew away her best, dropping over a second as she took the title in 1:02.74. She was just 3 tenths from the record, which was set at a 1:02.41 back in 2014.

King Kekaulike’s Aniston Eyre swept the girls’ sprints. She was just a tenth off her best in the 50 free, winning in 23.72. She took down her best in the 100 free, breaking 52 for the first time in 51.56. Eyre also put up a 23.34 anchor split on the 200 free relay, as King Kekaulike won in 1:39.18.

Kamehameha Schools Kapalama had 2 swimmers win an individual double. Noa Copp picked up a sprint sweep, first dropping a lifetime best 21.00 in the 50 free. He returned to break 46 for the first time with a 45.98 victory in the 100 free. Copp also swam a 20.91 on the 3rd leg of the 200 free relay, which KSK won in 1:29.58. Teammate Shaye Story swept her individual events with a 1:53.54 in the 200 free and a 5:01.87 in the 500 free.

Mililani’s also got a winning double from Aaron Saito. In the 100 fly, Saito cleared 50 for the first time, taking the title in 49.97. He dropped about 2 tenths in the 100 back with a 52.00 win.

Additional Event Winners

  • Girls 200 medley relay: Punahou, 1:46.04
  • Boys 200 medley relay: Punahou, 1:37.05
  • Boys 200 free: Jake Palmieri, Roosevelt, 1:39.35
  • Boys 200 IM: Jon Reiter, Iolani, 1:53.16
  • Boys 500 free: Micah Ginoza, Kaiser, 4:33.14
  • Girls 400 free relay: Punahou, 3:34.45
  • Boys 400 free relay: Punahou, 3:10.55

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