(Hawaii Athletics) - The summer of 2018 has been an eventful one for a hand full of student-athletes from the University of Hawai'i swimming squad. In total, seven swimmers have competed in recent weeks as the program looks to continue its climb into national status in the 2018-19 campaign under head coach Dan Schemmel.
On the women's side, junior Phoebe Hines competed in the 12th Oceania Swimming Championships for Team Australia. She took a first-place finish in the 5K Open Water swim, placed 2nd in the 400-meter freestyle with a lifetime best time of 4:19.50, won the 800-meter freestyle with another lifetime best finishing at 8:46.69, and won the 10K Open Water Swim.
"This was her first big international competition," said Schemmel. "Coming away with three wins and one second place finish is incredible."
Sophomore Anna Kotonen was a part of three National Championship relays with the Finnish national team. Including the mixed 200-Meter free relay, women's 400-meter free relay, and women's 800-meter free relay. She also placed sixth in the 100-meter free, fourth in the 200-meter individual medley, and sixth again in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Rounding out the women's side was senior Jane Ip with a sixth-place finish in the New Zealand Opens national competition. She finished with a lifetime best in the 200-meter breaststroke, touching the wall at 2:38.67.
The men's side provided another set of accomplishments for the swimming Bows. Junior Olli Kokko was the Finnish National Champion in the 100-meter breaststroke for the first time in his career, while placing third in the 50-meter breaststroke and fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke. All three-finishes provided Kokko with three new career best finishing times.
The three-person tandem of junior Kane Follows, senior AJ Kealiher, and incoming freshman John Clark made their marks in the New Zealand Opens national competition. Follows captured his first New Zealand national title by winning the 200-meter backstroke with a new lifetime mark of 2:01.17 and finished second in the 100-meter backstroke at 56.14.
Kealiher placed eighth in the 200-meter breaststroke, claiming a new career-best mark of 2:26.32 while placing sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke at 1:04.51. Clark finished ninth in the 400-meter freestyle at 4:06.47, notching a career-best for him in the process.