The meet ended in darkness. However, the first Maui Interscholastic League swim meet in 714 Days had everyone smiling at the Kihei Aquatic Center on Friday night.
Vincent McNabb, a Baldwin High School senior, swam impressive times in both his individual events. Both were wins.
McNabb started the meet with a big bang. He recorded a time of 2:01.32 seconds in 200-yard individual Medley. This was his personal best and an impressive time for the start of the season. Later in the meet, in the 100 breaststroke, McNabb recorded a time of 1:04.79.
In the first MIL league meet of 2022, the main theme was that he and all other MIL swimmers were back in water to compete for their high schools.
McNabb was also an anchor for the Baldwin 200 Medley and 200 Free Relay, helping to overcome a large deficit to help the Bears win the 200 free relay.
Senior Patrick Garduque, of the Maui High team, won the 100 butterfly recording a time of 53.98. He was also third in the 100 breast with a time of 1:106.93 and fifth in 50 freestyle in 23.62.
Garduque was a key swimmer in the Sabers’ 2020 MIL boys championship. It was their first since 1994.
Molokai was a star with a 1-2 finish at the boys 50-free, led by Kama Ward’s blistering early-season time. She won the event in 21.36, which is already a state qualifying time. Mauli Pupuhi was second in at 22.85. This is also a state qualifying time.
Family members observe Friday’s meet from outside the Kihei Aquatic Center.