Maui Prep Boasts HHSAA Champion

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on March 12, 2017

Several weeks ago, a student at Maui Prep came home a champion. Junior, Kysha Altura became the HHSAA state champ in both the 100 Fly and the 200 Free during the K. Mark Takai Swimming and Diving Championship at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex on Oahu.

Kysha and the fly Photo credit: The Maui News, Krystle Marcellus

Kysha and the fly
Photo credit: The Maui News, Krystle Marcellus

Altura swam the 1oo butterfly in 56.39, beating Lahainaluna’s Lexie Anderson by 1/100th (click here for video) of a second and swam the 200 freestyle in 1:50.92.

“We’re so proud of Kysha and her accomplishments. The physical and mental stamina she has displayed this season have been a real example to some of our younger athletes. With her latest accomplishments at the State Championships, Kysha becomes the most decorated student-athlete in Maui Prep history,” states Coach Mike Ritter.

Altura also had the honor of being named MIL female swimmer of the year by The Maui News.

“There’s a lot of competition this year, a lot of fast freshmen and I was kind of scared, but I was glad when I heard about it,” Altura said of the MIL honor.

Behind every great swimmer, there is also a great coach and Mike “Tex” Ritter was chosen as the MIL Coach of the Year. An honor that was earned over and over by all the hours and days that Ritter put into each of his athletes.

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Coach Mike Ritter with some of his swimmers.

“Mike is our longest serving coach in Maui Prep history. He has built our swim program from scratch. His continued hard work and dedication was recognized by the other MIL coaches as they voted for him for this award,” comments Maui Prep Principal Ryan Kirkham.

Also congratulations to Coleman Kingwell who was voted Boys First Team All-Star. Jessie Kingwell and Irie Gonah were voted Girls Second Team. And Honorable Mentions to: Sophia Johnston, Danielle Bergson, Rebecca Geng, Nolan Lehman, Jonah Bluh, Zac Giles, and Jerone Samari.

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