With freshman swimmer Jasmine Mau leading the way, Punahou dominated the Interscholastic League of Honolulu’s swimming and diving championships yesterday, winning the boys and girls team crowns and capturing 14 of 24 individual and relay titles.
Mau’s record-setting time of 55.73 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly toppled the 57.58 standard set in 1993 by Punahou’s Jodi Jackson, which was also beaten by second-place finisher Summer Harrison, a Mid-Pacific freshman, who was clocked at 57.09.
Mau also won the 100-yard freestyle (52.09), and swam on the victorious girls 200-yard medley relay (1:53.37) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:39.42) during the competition at Kamehameha.
During Friday’s diving championships at ‘Iolani, Punahou junior Spencer Madanay set a new ILH standard for boys in 1-meter diving with 510.75 points, shattering Drew Wallace’s 462.35-point record that was set in 2005. Madanay’s total also surpasses the 484.50 total that Wallace, who is now Madanay’s coach, garnered in 2004 in setting the Hawaii High School Athletic Association championship record. However, state records can only be set at the HHSAA championship meet.
A third ILH record fell when ‘Iolani junior Kacy Johnson broke the 35-year ILH record in the boys 100-yard breaststroke that had been set by Punahou’s Chris Woo, a former Olympian. Johnson finished in 57.35, compared to Woo’s 57.69.
But the most exciting race yesterday by Johnson came in the 400-yard freestyle relay, which he anchored for ‘Iolani. Johnson overcame Kamehameha’s lead by outswimming Warriors anchor Evan Uy, whom he had beaten in the 100-yard breaststroke, by nearly 5 seconds.
The soft-spoken Johnson said he was confident that he could catch Uy, and he stressed he was "not trying to sound cocky or anything."
"My coaches have done a good job of preparing me really well. I feel solid," he added.
"Today weren’t even my primary events," Johnson said, noting that he will likely swim the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle at states in two weeks.
‘Iolani coach Brian Lee said Johnson is such a powerful swimmer and hard worker that if it weren’t for the two individual race limitation for swimmers, Johnson could probably compete in many more and likely win them all.
In both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke yesterday, Johnson led from start to finish. However, his 200-yard freestyle relay team finished third behind Punahou and Kamehameha.
Lee said Johnson was entered in the 100 butterfly and breaststroke in an effort to have Johnson achieve All-American ranking in those events. He did not defend his ILH title in the 200-yard individual medley; he set a league record of 1:54.67 last year.
Punahou coach Jeff Meister demurred when asked if he thought his boys could defend their state title and his girls, who finished second last year, could unseat Kealakehe. "We’ll see in two weeks," he said.
Meister said he expects strong competition at states, especially from Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kealakehe, Mililani, Kamehameha and ‘Iolani.
Mau, said she will do whatever Meister asks of her for states.
"Everything that I do is for the team. My No. 1 goal is to be the best and give my all in everything for the team," Mau said.
The Punahou girls swimmers and divers were No. 1 in the ILH with 94 points. Iolani was second with 49. Kamehameha finished third with 44.
Punahou captured the boys crown with 81 points. Finishing second and third were Kamehameha with 61 and ‘Iolani 45.