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MID-PACIFIC STUDENT-ATHLETES WORK tirelessly all year to keep their level of play competitive. Throughout the summer and fall, many Owls showcase their athletic prowess on local, national, and international levels, often with big wins. We celebrate all your efforts and successes! Way to go, Owls!

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TWO OWLS ROW THEIR WAY INTO HISTORY

Kate Bartholomees ’24 and Sophia Smith ’25 are part of the first rowing crew from Hawai‘i in over 50 years to represent Hawai‘i on the mainland this fall as they compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA. They will travel with eight other girls from high schools across the island to the world’s largest rowing competition in October.

Kate Bartholomees ’24 and Sophia Smith ’25

13U NA KEIKI MAULOA GIRL’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM CAPTURED THE 2022 AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Gisele Hunt ’27, Genevieve Iida ’27, Maia Hu ’27, Mia Furoyama ’27 and Taylor Iwasaki ’27 competed as part of 13U Na Keiki Mauloa girl’s volleyball team in the 2022 AAU National Championship held in Orlando Florida. The team was ranked 33rd out of 38 teams and entered the final with an 11-1 record. They swept OTVA of Florida 25-15, 25-21.

GIRLS REPRESENT AT WATER POLO JUNIOR OLYMPICS

Three Mid-Pacific athletes – Kendall Clark ‘24, Maya DeGuzman ’24, and Hoapili Kukea-Shultz ’24, were on the O‘ahu Water Polo Club 16u girls team, placing 3rd in the Gold Division at the Junior Olympics Session 2 in San Jose, CA this past July. They competed among the country’s top 48 teams in their age bracket.

MID-PACIFIC SOPHOMORE WINS BIG AT PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT

Kylena Paredes ’25 won several medals at the Pacific Rim Cup Pickleball Tournament. Paredes, a sophomore, took home gold medals in Women’s Singles 4.0+ (19yrs-35yrs), Overall Singles 4.0+, and Juniors Division 4.5+ (13yrs -18yrs). She was runner-up in the Women’s Doubles (19yrs-35yrs), and placed 3rd in the Mixed Doubles 4.5+ (19yrs.-35yrs). Congratulations Kylena!

WORLD CHAMPION LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS HONORED

Mid-Pacific middle school students Pakela Wheeler ‘27, La’akea Inglis ‘27, Max Taniguchi ‘27 and Jaron Lancaster ‘28 joined their teammates from Honolulu Little League and Kado Baseball Hawai’i to receive special recognition certificates from Governor David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige at Washington Place. Kado Baseball’s 13U team, coached by Donny Kadokawa ‘91, prevailed in the finals against the New England region with a 5-1 win over Pittsfield, Mass. in the Babe Ruth World Series championship game. The Honolulu Little League 12U team took home the crown with a 13-3 win over Curaçao’s Pabao Little League in Williamsport, PA. Governor Ige also proclaimed September 8 to be Honolulu Little League Day and Kado Hawai’i Baseball Day!

From Left to Right: Pakela Wheeler ‘27, La’akea Inglis ‘27, Max Taniguchi ‘27 and Jaron Lancaster ’28 with Governor David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige

Dylan Morris ’24 and Knut Robinson ’23

Micayla Carroll ‘23

MID-PACIFIC SWIMMERS FINISH STRONG IN ROUGHWATER SWIM

 

Three Mid-Pacific high school students had top finishes at this year’s 2.384-mile Waikiki Roughwater swim from San Souci Beach to the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Dylan Morris ‘24 and Micayla Carroll ‘23 placed 1st in the 15-16 and 17-18 age divisions, and Knut Robinson ‘23 was runner-up in the 17-18 age division. Way to go, Dylan, Micayla and Knut!

MID-PACIFIC VOLLEYBALL PLAYER TAKES ON THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Charis Kai ’24 had a globetrotting summer, facing down teams in tournaments in Kansas City, Indianapolis, and finally Croatia as part of the ProspectHI 18’s team. At the Global Challenge in Croatia, teams from Florida, California, and Hawai‘i competed with teams from Europe at an elite level. Charis and her team placed 3rd in the Global Challenge and she was named to the 18U All-Tournament Team.

MID-PACIFIC KAYAKERS COMPETE INTERNATIONALLY

After spending time during the pandemic focused on training, Cole Schwake ‘26 was selected as a member of the USA team at the Olympic Hopefuls event held in September in Slovakia. The competition is held for 15-17 year olds from 30 countries around the world. While not reaching the podium, Cole walked away from “one of the best weeks of my life as an athlete… with great friendships,” planning to train hard with the Mid-Pacific team.

Kayaker Knytly Sybounmy ’24 was selected for the National Junior team competing at the World Championships in Hungary in August before heading to Slovakia for the Olympic Hopefuls. She placed in the top 20 kayakers in the world for her age in the 200m and is back at home, racing for Mid-Pacific in the 250m event.

Cole Schwake ‘26