Maui Prep Class of 2015, Danielle Jefferies, is a member of the Long Island University Brooklyn women’s swimming team. She earned accolades from the Northeast Conference recently by being named NEC Women’s Swimming Rookie of the Week.
The Hawaii native’s first victory came in the 100 fly, when she finished the race in 57.27 to set a new pool record. Jefferies then established a personal-best time in the 200 fly, posting a 2:07.18. Jefferies’ 100 and 200 fly times are currently second-best in the NEC this season.
Jefferies came to Maui Prep as a Pueo Pilot recipient in her freshman year. That year marked several firsts in the young school’s history with Jefferies becoming the first MIL Champion and the first State Champion in Swimming. As a sophomore, Jefferies set a Maui Prep record in cross-county. She also received a silver medal in the butterfly and a gold in the breast stroke at the MIL Swimming Championship.
Picture from Maui News
Jefferies was a stand-out during her time at Maui Prep, she studied hard; as was evident in her Honor Roll status, and she swam hard; as was evident in the 8 county titles and 1 state title she achieved during her high school career.
Congratulations on your successes at University and we wish you many more!
Imagine waking up in a room shared by 5 others. Your bunk is damp with rainwater, and your fingers are sore from the cold. You strap on a safety harness and head up to the deck of the Hokule’a, your home for many weeks. It is your turn to work.
During your first four hour shift of the day you’ll help the boat continue on its journey, test the ocean’s water quality, examine the stomach content of the fish you caught for dinner, and biopsy it’s fin. All the while, safety remains your first priority.
Some days are clear and calm, others filled with torrential rains, wind and lightening. Being on the ocean and not being able to swim is a challenge, but the water is cold, the waves are big and you’re not about to jump in with huge jellyfish and great white sharks swimming about.
You think about home, and though your provisions are well stocked, you do miss ice cream, fresh water showers, and toilets. Hooking your harness to a rope and hanging off the stern of the canoe to relieve yourself is still intimidating; as is the unknown in this journey. A journey you’re eager to pursue as you travel the world spreading peace, furthering Hawaiian culture, and promoting the value of Malama Honua.
Mahalo to Archie Kalepa for calling us, answering our questions, and sharing his adventures as he sails toward the Cape of Good Hope.
~Ms. Fleuter and the Maui Prep 4th class