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Baldwin High School’s Andrew Alonso (foreground) leads Lahainaluna’s Jake McGill on his way to winning the boys 100 fly Saturday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

KIHEI — Maui Preparatory Academy’s Legend Storer popped his head up out of the water in shock and was congratulated with high fives after a close finish in the boys 50-yard freestyle on Saturday. 

Storer edged the field of quick swimmers for the win with a state qualifying time of 22.21 seconds during Maui Interscholastic League swim meet No. 6 at the Kihei Aquatic Center. 

“I dropped quite a bit of time,” the Na Pueo junior said after exiting the pool. “I was just trying to go 22.3 or something like that and wasn’t expecting to go 22.2.” 

Pushing him from lane four was Molokai High School senior Mauli Pupuhi, who finished second.

Before every competition, Storer, who also swam the 100 breaststroke, said “I like to stretch and just take time to think about how I want to swim the race.”

Maui Prep’s Yuna Lee wins the girls 100 fly Saturday.

He likes how he’s progressed in the pool each meet so far as swimmers enter the homestretch of the MIL season — the league championships are Jan. 27-28 at Kihei.

“I feel strong and I think I’ll do good,” said Storer, adding that he’s always trying to set more goals and “try to go after them.”

Maui Prep teammate Yuna Lee also earned a win of her own in the girls 100 butterfly with a time of 1:10.75. She met the state standard earlier in the season with a 1:05.12.

“I’ve been feeling a bit tired just because I haven’t been feeling well this week physically, but I’ve been really trying hard at practices because it’s my last year, but I’m feeling stronger than last year, though,” Lee said. 

Just before the 20-minute officials break, Lee also competed in the 50 free.

Storer

“I just need to keep trying hard at practices and just keep improving, making sure I make time for myself, like, mentally, eat good food,” she said. 

Before the senior graduates and heads off to college to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, she has her eyes on a possible MIL girls team title and claiming a school record currently held by Kysha Altura, a state champion for Na Pueo who last year completed her senior season at Fordham University. 

“She’s, like, a really fast swimmer. She has the record at our school for the 50 freestyle,” Lee said. “She has a 25.51 and I’m trying to beat her this season and get my name on that record.” 

Having had a mix of “some good and bad races” this season, Baldwin senior Andrew Alonso said it was nice to see a winning time of 53.96 in his boys 100 butterfly Saturday afternoon.

“I’m happy with my time,” Alonso said. “Right now I struggle with my stamina, so I’ll probably try focus on those long events and then probably work with my teammates so we can get a relay to the standard that we want it to be.”

His main focus this year is to also just enjoy his final season with the Bears.

“I’m going to miss them when I go on to college,” he said. 

Seabury’s Helena Colletta led the whole girls 200 IM race from the dive, winning with a state qualifying time of 2:22.86 — her best time this season.

“It feels great, since it’s like mid-season I’m happy with my time,” Colletta said. “Yeah, it felt good, I felt good during the race. I just wanted to go in and do my best and try and get a personal best for this season, and year, just try to have fun and do my best.”

* Dakota Grossman is at [email protected]


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