Hawaii unveils 8-person squad for Oceania Championships

Hawaii has finalized its squad for the 2014 Oceania Swimming Championships, sending 4 men and 4 women to Auckland, New Zealand at the end of May.

The past two Oceania Games cycles (2012 and 2010), Hawaii has racked up 19 bronze medals and a silver, but they’ll be hard-pressed to keep the medal count that high with tough teams from Australia and New Zealand in attendance. The meet will take place May 20-23.

Leading the group will be 2012 quadruple-bronze medalist Lena Hayakawa. Hawaii has a mostly junior squad, but Hayakawa, a high school junior, took third place in the 400 free, 800 free, 200 breast and 200 fly at the last Oceania Championships.

Women’s Team:
Madison Balish (Punahou Aquatics)
Lia Foster (Punahou Aquatics)
Lena Hayakawa (Kamehameha Swim Club)
Cara Jernigan (Kona Aquatics)

Men’s Team:
Makoa Alvarez (Hawaii Swim Club)
Kevin Frifeldt (Kamehameha Swim Club)
Aukai Lileikis (Punahou Aquatics)
Christian Nishimura (Kamehameha Swim Club)

 

Hawaii also named its coaching and training staff for the team:

Team Manager: Brandon Drawz (USA Swimming)
Assistant Manager: Jon Hayashida (in-training)
Head Swim Coach: Victor Wales
Medical Officer: Dr. Randy Gerber
Chaperone/Medical Assistant: Darlene Gerber

 

Here’s a quick look at how Hawaii has fared at these Championships over the past few years:

Year Gold Silver Bronze Total
2012 0 1 9 10
2010 0 0 10 10
2008 0 0 5 5
2006 0 0 1 1
2004 0 0 1 1
2002 0 0 2 2

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