Kohala Swimmer Wins BIIF Title

Alexis Ella Matundan, Reporter

Congratulations to our very own Kohala High School student Kassandra Kometani! The Prelims for the BIIF championship meet started off on Friday, January 31, 2014. The top 16 qualified for the finals the next day on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Everyone on the Kohala swim team qualified for Saturday. If you have a qualifying time, you automaticaly make it to states.

On Saturday Kometani won first place for the 50 free (two laps) with a time of 25.07 seconds. She calls that a “bad time“. Kometani says that, “It’s not that good. I care more about my time more than placing. Time is more important to colleges.” She’s the first girl swimmer from Kohala to win a BIIF title and its been eight years since the last swimmer from Kohala won, which was Daniel Coakley. There were a lot of close races with 8 swimmers at 1 time. She had her fastest time and swam faster at last years BIIFs. She lost to a  senior Waverider in the 100 free by .11 seconds with a time of 54.41 seconds. Kometani may not be proud of herself but the Kohala community sure is.

Congratulations also to Yuki Zbytovsky for winning 5th for the 100 breast stroke and 6th for the 50 free.