Mon. Mar 27th, 2023

King Kekaulike Higher College junior Reese Williams and — The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Maui Higher College senior Karissa Ginoza and King Kekaulike junior Reese Williams have discovered a lot by means of swimming, each in and out of the pool.

These lessons have translated into results in the kind of Maui Interscholastic League crowns and the title of Maui Interscholastic League Swimmers of the Year, as determined by the league’s coaches.

As she closes the door on her swim profession and appears forward to college, Ginoza reflected on how her time as a student-athlete has ready her for the future.

“I believe the two greatest points had been undoubtedly grit and balance,” Ginoza mentioned. “The quantity that you train and to drop a hundredth of a second is insane, but I undoubtedly would say that mentally, I’m a lot stronger than most of my peers and just studying how to balance the college aspect with the swimming aspect. … Getting that balance and just staying on major of every thing else has undoubtedly been a challenge, but I’ve grown and it will aid me as a college student and even when I enter the actual globe in the workforce.”

For Williams, who very first began swimming at just five years old for the Maui Dolphins, the sport showed him what it requires to attain his ambitions.

Maui Higher senior Karissa Ginoza (bottom photo) are this year’s MIL Swimmers of the Year. — The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

“You can be excellent at something you want to be excellent at, you just have to attempt genuinely tough,” he mentioned. “It undoubtedly tends to make me far more competitive with, like, every thing I do — not even sports connected. Something I do, I want to be the finest I can be at it. I believe that comes from swimming.”

Ginoza capped her final higher college meet as the state runner-up in the girls one hundred-yard backstroke and completed fourth in the one hundred butterfly at the K. Mark Takai / HHSAA Swimming and Diving State Championships final month. She also anchored the Sabers’ 400 freestyle relay to third spot.

At the MIL championships ten days prior, she left the Kihei Aquatic Center with 4 gold medals, winning the one hundred fly and one hundred back as properly as major her group to victories in the 200 medley relay and 400 absolutely free relay.

“I undoubtedly couldn’t have asked for a far better way to have ended my season,” she mentioned. “It was undoubtedly really bittersweet due to the fact it was a excellent finish, you know, I lastly got that Futures time I’ve been functioning for the previous 3 years, Maui Higher College did astounding, like, each swimmer dropped time and our relays did genuinely properly, but also it sort of produced me appear back at from a distinctive viewpoint and recognize what I’m leaving behind because I’m not swimming in college, so it undoubtedly was amazing just to expertise that with my group — just the smiles on everyone’s faces, but it also produced me a small sad on the inside.”

Williams was the MIL champion in the boys one hundred absolutely free and one hundred back and was component of Na Alii’s winning 200 medley relay group. At states, he was a bronze medalist in the one hundred absolutely free and fourth-spot finisher in the one hundred back.

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“I’m fairly pleased with it, there’s generally space for improvement and I want to get far better subsequent year and increase a lot,” Williams mentioned. “The progress is likely attributed to my coaches providing me excellent workouts, and my teammates and close friends pushing me each day to perform tougher and tougher, and coming to each practice.”

Following the state championship, Williams mentioned he didn’t take any rest days and was appropriate back in the pool preparing for his senior season.

“I want to get very first in states in as a great deal events as I can and I want to break the MIL record in the one hundred freestyle — I’m a couple seconds off of it now,” he mentioned. “It’s the finest time of the year due to the fact it is not just swimming with the club swimmers, but everyone that desires to swim, so it is super entertaining. Your classmates, your peers — everyone is there possessing entertaining swimming. Following swim meets we all go to the beach and it is super entertaining.”

Williams is joined on the MIL boys very first-group All-Stars list by Maui Prep’s Noah Caiserman, Legend Storer, and Carter Bozich Kamehameha Maui’s Ryan Smart Lahainaluna’s Jake McGill and Maison Alexander and Maui High’s Niji Wada.

Ginoza is joined on the MIL girls very first group by Maui Higher teammates Aika Swanson and Charie Salacup Maui Prep’s Sacha Salem and Yuna Lee Seabury’s Kalla Pellettieri, Helena Colletta, and Tulip Hori and King Kekaulike diver Lily Barrett.

Maui Prep’s Michael “Tex” Ritter, who guided Na Pueo to their very first-ever sweep of the league group titles, was chosen the MIL Coach of the Year.

Becoming named MIL girl swimmer of the year “means so a great deal, I’ve been swimming for the previous 12 or 13 years, so to lastly get this paramount moment of MIL, it indicates a lot,” Ginoza mentioned.

In college, the Sabers senior mentioned she will be studying mechanical engineering and medicine on the West Coast. She plans to come back residence throughout college breaks to take a look at her old group and aid coach.

“As grueling as the sport was, it was generally the folks that produced it so enjoyable,” she mentioned. “Some of my finest memories had been from coaching trips or just swim meets exactly where we just traveled to Oahu. … I know that when we’re all going by means of the exact same grueling set, you have the exact same mindset and connection that I believe I’ll miss when I move on.”

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