12 Feb Grace Stokes – Kauai Girl
At the KIF Swimming Championships last Saturday we kept hearing the name Grace Stokes
from the announcer: Grace Stokes is leading at the turn, Grace Stokes is leading at the finish,
and the crowd was going wild.
Grace Stokes, or ‘Gracie’ as she is affectionately called is one of the fastest
swimmers on the island, and a member of the Kapaa High School swim team.
In a recent Kauai Interscholastic Federation meet she posted a 59.78 swim in
the 100-yard freestyle during the qualifying swim meet at the Kauai High School pool,
bettering her previous swim of 1:00.70 for a first-place finish, one of three she picked up at the meet.
“She broke a minute in the 100-yard freestyle event,” said her proud mother, Michelle Stokes.
“But she felt it wasn’t done in her best, so she’s going to keep trying.”
But instead of focusing on improving her times even more at state championships Feb. 20-21,
the 15-year-old will be focused on a whole different battle. She will be undergoing brain surgery Feb. 19
at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu.
Grace, the third of five children of Michelle and Cory Stokes of Kapaa, was diagnosed Nov. 13
with a brain malformation called Chiari type 1.
On an island this small and tight knit the community rallies around each other when someone is
in trouble. It’s no small miracle that Gracie is tough, and whole community’s thoughts and prayers will be
with her and her family next week, and we look forward to seeing her in the water again soon.
Click onto the link below for the article on Gracie in the Garden Island Newspaper: