LAHAINA – Youth athletic programs across the state continue to persevere despite pandemic restrictions, and here on Maui, the Lahaina Swim Club represents that true championship effort.
At the Maui Age Group Swimming Association (MAGSA) Short Course Championships held on December 18 at the Kihei Aquatic Center, the LSC qualified swimmers in 23 events.
The state meeting will be held February 24-27 in Hilo on the Big Island.
According to LSC head coach Tom Popdan, the club are going into high performance mode after being banned from public facilities, but are maintaining limited training at several private pools here on the West Side.
“We are still adhering to COVID protocols, with less pool time and in small groups, and right now we are getting closer to getting back to normal,” he said last week.
“We are really happy because the team has made significant progress in a short period of time with their training habits. This effort is manifested in the results of the hard work they put into their training in these COVID times ”, said Popdan, who is assisted by Jen Wiseman, Erica Gaastra and Gabby Lindblad to mentor the team.
Lahaina Swim Club State Championship qualifiers include Emily Gorokhovsky in the girls 11-12 100-yard freestyle, Kaina Yamada (boys 11-12 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley), Noah Caiserman (boys 13-14 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 1000 freestyle) and Halia Caiserman (girls 11-12 100 breaststroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, 200 IM).
Sacha Salem (girls 13-14,100 chest, 200 IM), Tristan Rickard (boys 11-12 50 back), Cruz Storer (boys 11-12,200 back, 200 chest, 200 IM) and Levi Stoddart (boys 11-12,200 chest).
Coach Popdan concluded by commending the efforts of the entire club, including the student-athletes, assistant coaches and the LSC board of directors which includes Dave Wintermeyer, Kari Alexander, Amy McGill, Bob DeZotell and Jane Gorokhovsky.
“The whole club is reaping the rewards of all the hard work that is being put into getting back to normal in these times of COVID,” he said.