Colorado HS State Finalist Kira Hobbs Chooses Hawaii for 2021

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Kira Hobbs of Littleton, Colo., has verbally committed to Hawaii for fall 2021. Hobbs trains with Highlands Ranch Aquatics and is a rising senior at Dakota Ridge High School.

I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Hawaii at Manoa to continue my swimming and academic career. A huge thank you to my family, coaches, and teammates who have all supported me along the way! GO BOWS!!🤙


  • 50 free – 25.05
  • 100 free – 52.84
  • 100 breast – 1:03.45
  • 200 breast – 2:18.15
  • 200 IM – 2:09.33

Hobbs is primarily a breaststroker, and she’s coming off of a 2019-20 Colorado high school season where she placed third in the 100 breast at the 2020 CHSAA 4A Championships. She hit her lifetime best 1:03.45 to finish third in that race in February, and she also touched ninth in the 200 IM.

Hobbs helped Dakota Ridge to a CHSAA 4A title in the 400 free relay with a 52.19 third leg split, while she added a 29.81 split swimming breast on their fourth-place 200 medley relay.

Hawaii, one of the better mid-major programs in the country, has had success in breaststroke the last few years. In 2018, Franziska Weidner was an All-American in the 100 breast with a seventh-place finish at NCAAs that year in a time of 59.12. Rising senior Kionna Clayton has led the Rainbow Warriors since Weidner’s departure; Clayton has been 1:00 in the 100 in her three seasons with Hawaii, while she’s taken her 200 breast from 2:15 as a freshman to 2:13 as a sophomore and 2:11 this past season.

Clayton, along with the bulk of Hawaii’s breaststroke group, only have a year of eligibility left, so they may not overlap with Hobbs. Meanwhile, Hobbs will come in right on A-final level scoring speed at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) conference level; she would’ve been at the upper end of B-finals in both breaststroke events at the conference meet in 2020.

Hobbs joins Julianna Penner in Hawaii’s class of 2025 on the women’s side.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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