Punahou Takes Both Boys and Girls Title at Hawaii High School States

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Girl’s Meet

The Punahou High School girls were lead by double winner Lia Foster, who took individual wins in the 200 IM, touching in 2:06.37, almost 3 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher, Aimee Iwamoto (2:09.26) and 3rd place finisher Lara Yasumi (2:09.44), as well as the 100 back, where she also dominated the event, finishing in 57.06, more than 2 seconds ahead of the field. She also helped lead her team to victories in both the 400 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay. In the 400 free relay the team of Foster, Chanel NgNohea Lileikis and Sydnee Whitty clocked in in 3:31.88, more than 5 seconds ahead of 2nd place finishers, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (3:36.90). Foster joined Maddie BalishLyra Gonzalez and Natassia Dunn to a 1:47.09 victory in the 200 medley relay.

Blaish was also a double winner for Punahou, winning both the 100 fly and 100 breast in times of 56.89 and 1:03.45 respectively. She also helped Punahou to their 3rd relay victory, joining Dunn, Gonzalez and Whitty in the 200 free relay for a final time of 1:37.97.

Lileikis also went on to garner valuable points for her school, placing 2nd in the 500 free (5:01.24) behind Iolani’s Cagla Brennan who finished in 4:56.95, just missing the state record of 4:56.29. Lileikis also finished 4th in the 200 free (1:53.62), behind Jasmine O’Brien (1:53.61), Brennan (1:52.09) and champion Le Grand Pound (1:50.72). Pound of Sacred Heart Academy was another double winner of the meet, winning the 100 free in 51.41, ahead of Whitty (52.92) and Kira Parker (53.34).

Other individual winners include:

  • 1m diving – Punahou’s Deborah Wen (419.15)
  • 50 free – Le Jardin’s Clancy Doyle (23.74)

Top 3 team finishers:

  • Punahou – 86
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy – 31
  • Kamehameha Schools Kapalama – 16
  • Kaiser High School – 16

Boys Meet

On the boys side, it was Punahou’s Aukai Lileikis who lead the team, winning 2 individual events and breaking the state record in both. His first individual win came in the 200 free, when he finished more than 8 seconds ahead of the field, clocking in in 1:34.82, to break his previous record of 1:35.62. He then went on to smash the previous 100 free record of 44.70, touching the pads in 43.92, ahead of Maryknoll School’s Albert Zhi (45.28).

Lileikis also helped take his team to relay victories, joining teammates Tyler KawakamiSean Kwon and Bobby Ky in the 200 free relay to post a victory time of 1:25.62. In the 400 free relay, it was Jake GaughanMichael Hampton, Kawakami and Lileikis who dominated for Punahou, winning in a time of 3:08.13, way ahead of Mid-Pacific Institute’s team, who finished in 3:14.39.

In the 3rd relay of the meet, the 200 medley, it was Punahou again with the victory when Kekoa VieiraEvan Fukumoto, Ky and Kwon clocked in in 1:37.21.

Mary knoll School’s M.J. Mao also racked up a set of first place points for his school, he dominated the 100 fly, winning in a new state record time of 47.13, ahead of Ky, who finished in 51.39. He claimed another state title in the 100 breast, winning in another state record time of 54.40, finishing more than 4 seconds ahead of Albert Lee (58.69) and Edmund Shiu (59.36).

Sung Je Lee  of Iolani School was another double winner of the meet, touching first in both the 200 IM and 100 back in times of 1:54.23 and 52.17 respectively.

Other individual winners include:

  • 1m diving – Punahou’s Jacob Cornish (576.80)
  • 50 free – Zhi (21.07)
  • 500 free – Kalani’s DongJin Hwang (4:32.76)

Top 3 team finishers:

  • Punahou – 68
  • Maryknoll School – 38.50
  • Ilene School – 34

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Joel Lin
4 years ago

M.J. Mao says ‘hello!’

Looks like Durden will be looking to recruit another kid from the Island next year.

4 years ago

There is an accidental misspell of “Balish” in the second paragraph. Other than that, excellent write up of a great meet!

Reply to  Jane
4 years ago

Thanks Jane, has been updated.

Not as fast as aukai
4 years ago


'Aukai's #1 Fan
Reply to  Not as fast as aukai
4 years ago

‘Aukai is my idol, please if anyone can, get me his autograph. He’s the best swimmer I’ve ever seen. Does he ever lose?

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