Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • May 14, 2021
The ILH Swimming Championship Meet Through Elijah Abramo’s Camera Lens

The kid is a 21-year-old senior business major at Chaminade University. He takes photos for fun. But, dear old dad asked him to take some photographs of the ILH swimming championship meet Saturday and he pulled through.

His name is Elijah Abramo, or as some friends and family call him, E.J.

He played youth hockey, soccer and baseball and ran cross country for Mililani High School. He hopes to go to Dayton University to join the Pulse program as a volunteer (with room and board included) starting this summer. That program may help place him into a job and a career. He’s not concentrating on photography, but he did get some good shots on Saturday at the Punahou pool.

Below is  a sampling of some of his photos, and he got dinner at Genki Sushi AND a couple of dollars to boot.

Thanks E.J.

Oh wait, it should be noted that he had certain challenges to overcome, including a lack of a super professional (and expensive) zoom lens, a dark afternoon and early evening that is not ideal for lighting, and a picky editor/dad.

Here we go:

Le Jardin’s Alana Barthel takes the lead on the way to a victory in the 100 backstroke.


Alana Barthel, all smiles, after winning the 100 backstroke.


Alana Barthel, talking to a reporter about her bid at making the Olympic Trials this summer.


‘Iolani senior Jon Reiter after winning the 200 individual medley.


Pac-Five’s Zoe Spencer was well on her way to winning the 100 breaststroke.


Punahou senior James Lyon finishes off his victory in the 500 freestyle.


James Lyon talks to a reporter about heading off to the Naval Academy swim team in the fall after his victorious night.


Le Jardin coach Joe Glenn congratulates Alana Barthel after the girls portion of the ILH championships on Saturday.


A Sacred Hearts girls relay team prepares for its race.


A crowd shot at the Punahou pool. Everybody is masked up for safety.


‘Iolani coach Ivan Batsanov and freshman L.T. Stancil share a congratulatory moment during what turned out to be the Raiders’ team victory.


‘Iolani’s Jon Reiter and L.T. Stancil are on the way to the finish of the 200 individual medley. Reiter won and Stancil placed third.


A changeover from teammate to teammate in the 200 individual medley.


Punahou’s James Lyon on the way to winning the 500 freestyle.


Coach Joe Glenn with Le Jardin swimmers Thomas Caps, Paul Spary, Ethan Ravelo and Grant Tseu  The swimmers earned the first ILH relay championship in school history.


Punahou’a Andrea Zeebe is framed by a coach who is cheering. Zeebe swam the anchor leg of the Buffanblu’s winning 400 medley relay team.


>> Le Jardin’s Alana Barthel Sets ILH Backstroke Record; Punahou Swims To League Title

>> A Pile Of Underclassmen Push ‘Iolani To ILH Swimming Championship


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