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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 via swimming, each in and out of the pool.

These lessons have translated into good results in the type 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 largest items have been undoubtedly grit and balance,” Ginoza stated. “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 mastering how to balance the college aspect with the swimming aspect. … Locating that balance and just staying on prime of every little thing else has undoubtedly been a challenge, but I’ve grown and it will enable me as a college student and even when I enter the actual planet in the workforce.”

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

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 superior at something you want to be superior at, you just have to attempt seriously tough,” he stated. “It undoubtedly tends to make me additional competitive with, like, every little 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 location.

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 effectively as top her group to victories in the 200 medley relay and 400 no cost relay.

“I undoubtedly couldn’t have asked for a superior way to have ended my season,” she stated. “It was undoubtedly really bittersweet due to the fact it was a terrific finish, you know, I lastly got that Futures time I’ve been functioning for the previous 3 years, Maui Higher College did remarkable, like, each and every swimmer dropped time and our relays did seriously effectively, but also it type of created me appear back at from a distinctive point of view and recognize what I’m leaving behind given that 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 created me a small sad on the inside.”

Williams was the MIL champion in the boys one hundred no cost 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 no cost and fourth-location finisher in the one hundred back.

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

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

“I want to get initially in states in as considerably 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 stated. “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 exciting. Your classmates, your peers — everyone is there obtaining exciting swimming. Immediately after swim meets we all go to the beach and it is super exciting.”

Williams is joined on the MIL boys initially-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 initially 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 initially-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 considerably, 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 stated.

In college, the Sabers senior stated 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 enable coach.

“As grueling as the sport was, it was often the men and women that created it so enjoyable,” she stated. “Some of my finest memories have been from instruction trips or just swim meets exactly where we just traveled to Oahu. … I know that when we’re all going via the very same grueling set, you have the very same mindset and connection that I believe I’ll miss when I move on.”

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