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Swimmer Kysha Altura makes history for Maui Prep

By Staff | Apr 6, 2017

Kysha Altura celebrates with her coach, Mike “Tex” Ritter.

NAPILI – It will stand as one of the outstanding accomplishments in the history of Maui Preparatory Academy athletics.

Kysha Altura, a Maui Prep junior, at the recent Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s K. Mark Takai Swimming and Diving State Championships held at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex on Oahu, won two gold medals at the prestigious event.

Sixteen-year-old Altura won the 100-meter butterfly event with a time of 56.39, touching just 1/100th-of-a-second ahead of fellow Maui Interscholastic League competitor Lexi Anderson representing Lahainaluna High School.

A short time later, Altura swam one of her best times of the year to win the gold medal in the 200 freestyle race. She clocked a time of 1:50.92 for the impressive victory.

“We are so proud of Kysha and her accomplishments,” said Maui Prep Principal Ryan Kirkham.

“The mental and physical stamina she displayed this season have been a real example to some of our younger athletes. With her accomplishments at the state championships, she becomes the most decorated student-athlete in Maui Prep history.”

Named The Maui News’ Female Swimmer of the Year, Altura commented, “There was 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,” she said of the MIL honor.

Also named to the 2016 Maui News All-Star team were Coleman Kingwell to the boys’ first team; Jessica Kingwell and Irie Gonah to the girls’ second team; Sophia Johnston, Danielle Bergson and Rebecca Geng for girls’ honorable mention; and Nolan Lehman to the boys’ honorable mention list.