Molokai High School junior Michael Kikukawa placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke, the highest finish for any Molokai swimmer, at the Maui Interscholastic League Swim Meet No. 2 on Dec. 17 at the Kihei Aquatics Center.
Kikukawa’s time of 1:18.08 gave him third in the race and helped lead the boys team to a fifth place team finish with 22.6 points, ahead of Maui High and Maui Prep. He also finished fifth in the 200 freestyle race and helped on two relays, the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle.
Molokai placed three boys in the 200-m individual medley race. Hunter Pawn-Kalilikane placed fourth in 2:58.01, followed by Kealohanui Helm, fifth, 3:01.64, and Luke Kikukawa, sixth, 3:03.74.
In the 100-m butterfly, Pawn-Kalilikane, was fourth, 1:08.66; Kealohanui Helm, sixth, 1:17.61 and Akona Adolpho, finished seventh in 1:26.54.
In the 100-yard freestyle race, Michael Onofrio of Molokai placed eighth in 1:06.49. Luke Kikukawa finished sixth in the 100 backstroke in 1:31.84. Tanner Mosher also helped Molokai with a sixth place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:34.75.
For the girls team, five different swimmers earned points to lead the Farmers to sixth place as a team with 14.7 points, just ahead of King Kekaulike.
Xrystina Bicoy and Moriah Jenkins both had sixth place finishes, Bicoy in the 200 individual medley, and Jenkins in the 100 backstroke. Also placing for Molokai in the 100 backstroke was Lesley Escobar, seventh, 1:40.05 and Healani Mawae, eighth, 1:58.97.
The best finish for the girls team was in the 200-yard freestyle relay, placing second in 5:01.21. The team finished fourth in the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:31.59.
Also placing for the girls was Chelsea Simon, eighth, 100 freestyle, 1:08.25; Jenkins, seventh, 500 freestyle, 7:34.97; Simon, eighth, 100 breaststroke, 1:30.40.
The two Molokai swim teams will travel back to Maui on Jan. 13 to compete Jan. 14 in Kihei at the Sakamoto Pool.