Marianas High School is on top of the leaderboard in the women’s division of the 2020-2021 Public School System Interscholastic High School Canoe Series following the first point race last Saturday at Kilili Beach.
The Lady Dolphins bounced back from a slow start to edge Kagman High School in the early battle for the top spot.
MHS, which has Aleena Ada, Tianna Aldan, Xyrene Apostol, Tiara Cepeda, Margarette Dolotina, Haeven Hocog, Angela Maratas, and Mikaela Vergara on its roster, came in last in the 500m preliminary race, but jumped to first in the finals to finish the two events with 6 points, just 2 points behind Kagman.
The Lady Ayuyus, who dominated the opening leg of the series last Feb. 13 (non-point races) timed in at 3:25.18 in the 500m preliminaries to place first and get 5 points, beating Saipan Southern High School (3:30.01/3 points) and MHS (3:31.51 (1 point). Then in the finals, MHS completed the two-lap race in 3:31.55 to top Kagman (3:32.74) and Saipan Southern (3:35.36).
Despite its runner-up finish in the finals of the 500m, Kagman remained ahead with its 8 points. However, the Lady Ayuyus eventually lost the lead when the Lady Dolphins swept the prelims and finals of the 1,000m race.
MHS clocked in at 7:00.35 in the 1,000m prelims against the 7:25.32 of Saipan Southern and 7:27.39 of Kagman. In the finals, the Lady Dolphins posted 7:16.00 for another first place finish, while the Lady Ayuyus (7:17.19) dislodged the Lady Rays (7:26.50) in second place.
With its pair of 5 points from the two 1,000m races, MHS managed to collect 16 points after the second leg of the series. Kagman got 12 for the second spot, while Saipan Southern is at third with its 8 markers.
The series will continue this Saturday, but the third leg will be a long-distance race. The women’s competition will begin at 8:30am at Kilili Beach (start and finish). Kagman, MHS, and Saipan Southern’s female paddlers will navigate a 4.5-mile course that has a turnaround point between the 12 Fisherman monument and Lighthouse Chanel in Beach Road.
Meanwhile, results in the sprints events in the men’s and co-ed divisions will be reported in Saipan Tribune’s Wednesday edition.