ODKF grantee, Kamehameha Swim Club, competed at the ISCA International Senior Cup in St. Petersberg, Florida, from March 23rd to 27th. Seventeen swimmers from the club attended with help from the foundation.
Last month, Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation grantee, Kamehameha Swim Club, attended the ISCA International Senior Cup in St. Petersberg, Florida. With funds provided by Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation to help with travel and lodging costs, KSC was able to attend their first meet in over a year. The Florida swim meet boasted some of the biggest names in international swimming and took place from March 23rd to the 27th. Seventeen KSC swimmers attended and got the chance to compete against giants of the sport, such as Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte, who were looking to secure their Olympic qualifications. An overall great competition and learning experience for both youngsters and seasoned veterans alike, the swimmers reveled in the opportunity to get their feet wet for the first time in a long time.
With multiple top 10 and several top 5 finishes, KSC swimmers not only gained valuable experience but showed their worth and pedigree at a high level. The club's strong performance represented the state of Hawaii well and helped continue the legacy of competitive swimming in Hawaii that Duke Kahanamoku started at the 1912 Olympics. Quality swims from Grace Monahan, Kanoa Kaleoaloha, Briscoe Beatons, and Andrea Zeebe led the team, but every team swimmer experienced a great atmosphere in Florida, which culminated in a day trip to Universal Studios Orlando.
Throughout this troubled period, ODKF aims to remain true to our commitment to providing financial support to organizations that exhibit exceptional qualities that perpetuate Duke Kahanamoku's legacy and spirit of aloha. Recipients of our grant program, like Kamehameha Swim Club, are prime examples of this attitude and commitment. In the present and future, we hope to continue supporting these organizations to help them reach their goals.