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Six Hawaii Swimmers Compete In Junior Nationals

Note: Results in this story are from and are unofficial. If anyone has knowledge of incorrect times or omissions, contact @bedrocksportshawaii on Instagram).

Qualifying for the Junior Nationals in swimming is a big deal and six Hawaii swimmers traveled to Irvine, California, for that big show last week.

Many of the best junior swimmers in the country were there.

Though none of the Hawaii swimmers made the finals in individual events, how they fared in the preliminaries and in the relays are listed farther down.

‘Iolani Swim Club coach Ivan Batsanov, left, is pictured with Evan Wong, Connor Seminavage, Finn Arrillaga and Briscoe Beaton. In the last two weeks, they participated in two major junior events. (Image credit: courtesy of Amanda Wilson Wong).

Four of the swimmers (Evan Wong, Finn Arrillaga, Briscoe Beaton and Connor Seminavage) represented the ‘Iolani Swim Club and one swimmer each represented the Kamehameha Swim Club (Sage Miller) and Kona Aquatics (Nathaniel Rose).

Wong, Arrillaga, Beaton and Seminavage had the highest placings of the Hawaii group, winding up in 32nd, 45th and 45th in three relay events.

Wong and Arrillaga will be back this winter on the ‘Iolani School squad, which will be trying to win a third straight boys team high school state championship.

Wong is the defending Hawaii high school state 200- and 500-meter freestyle champion, and he and Arrillaga will also be defending the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay state titles they won with other teammates.

Arrillaga, who finished second to Wong in the state 200 freestyle, was also a part of last season’s state championship 200 freestyle relay.

Seminavage, meanwhile, is returning to Kamehameha Schools to defend his 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke state championships.

All four from the ‘Iolani Swim Club are coming off sterling relay performances at the Futures Championships a week earlier in Sacramento, California. As a group, they placed fifth in the 800 freestyle relay there.

Another from the club, Jon Reiter, a former multiple state champ for ‘Iolani School now swimming at Cal Baptist, swam in two of the Futures relays instead of Arrillaga, and that yielded a bronze medal in the 400 medley relay.

Unofficially, that 400 medley relay time of 3:59.92 is a Hawaii Open record based on information from the ‘Iolani club.


Kamehameha Swim Club


Sage Miller
>> 49th place, 200 women’s butterfly, 2:21.28
>> 75th place, 100 butterfly, 1:02.96
>> 116th place, 100 freestyle, 59.72


Kona Aquatics


Nathaniel Rose
>> 82nd place, 100 breaststroke, 1:05.00
>> 106th place, 50 freestyle, 24.23


‘Iolani Swim Club

RELAY TEAMS (in order of appearance)

Evan Wong, Finn Arrillaga, Briscoe Beaton, Connor Seminavage
>> 32nd place, 4×200 freestyle relay, 7:46.61

Finn Arrillaga, Briscoe Beaton, Evan Wong, Connor Seminavage
>> 45th place, 4×50 freestyle relay, 1:38.17

Finn Arrillaga, Briscoe Beaton, Connor Seminavave, Evan Wong
>> 45th place, 4×100 freestyle relay, 3:34.62


Briscoe Beaton
>> 71st place, 400 freestyle, 4:04.71
>> 118th place, 200 freestyle, 1:56.81

Connor Seminavage
>> 106th place, 200 butterfly, 2:08.46
>> 130th place, 100 butterfly, 57.07
>> 130th place, 100 backstroke, 1:00.21
>> 136th place, 100 freestyle, 53.51




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