PREP SWIMMING

Ghiglieri, Sapienza blaze to state titles

Each wins two events and narrowly misses an all-time record

By By CLIFF PFENNING

for the Mail Tribune
February 19, 2012

GRESHAM — Senior Aaron Ghiglieri and sophomore Breanna Sapienza of Cascade Christian each won a pair of titles at the OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state swim meet Saturday and continued their progression to bigger events this summer.

Ghiglieri won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly, while Sapienza won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly with each narrowly missing all-time meet records.

"We had a pretty good meet overall," Challengers coach Leslie Ghiglieri said. "We met or were close to meeting our goals. We have some pretty high standards for some of the goals, but we were close to them. I think we're all happy."

In other Class 4A highlights, defending champion Phoenix finished sixth in the girls meet. Cottage Grove won the boys title, while Henley won the girls crown, the school's first after eight second-place finishes.

Cascade Christian, which missed qualifying its boys 200 medley relay team for the finals by less than two seconds Friday, featured two of the top swimmers of the day regardless of classification.

Aaron Ghiglieri won the 100 butterfly in 49.52 seconds, just off the all-class record of 48.72, established by Neil O'Halloran of Aloha in the Class 6A meet last year. Ghiglieri's time set a 4A/3A/2A/1A meet record.

Sapienza won the 100 butterfly in 54.63, just .11 off the all-time record set by Roseburg's Kaylin Bing in 2008. Her time also established a Class 4A/3A/2A/1A record.

Both near-record times met the All-American standard.

Aaron Ghiglieri met the All-America time in the 200 IM at 1:51.15, which was well off the all-time OSAA meet mark of 1:49.50, set by Ben Brink of Sheldon in 1999.

"I've been near the butterfly record and really wanted to get that," he said. "The next step for me is to get the Olympic Trials time. I still need to get that."

With the Olympic events measured in meters, Ghiglieri needs to cut .28 from his current top time in 100 fly to meet the Olympic Trials standard of 55.29. The next major meet is in Federal Way, Wash., March 8.

Sapienza's performance in the butterfly was not only impressive because of its time, but also its spot in the meet line-up: directly after her win in the 50 freestyle.

"I might have had a little more energy if the events weren't back-to-back, but that's how I've been swimming all season so it's not a big deal," she said. "I'm just (.11) off the record. I'll aim for that next year."

Sapienza already has her 100 butterfly Olympic Trials time, 1:01.90, which is .09 under the standard.

Phoenix sophomore Alyse Darnall finished second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:18.05. Sweet Home's Naomi Gunselman triumphed in 2:17.02. Darnall was also fifth in the 200 freestyle to lead the Pirates' youth movement.

Sophomore Olivia Sanchez finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke, and the 400 freestyle relay team, which featured four sophomores, finished third.

Jeoff Underwood placed second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.34. The race was won by Matthew Cook of La Grande in 51.68. Underwood also was fourth in the 100 butterfly and helped the 200 freestyle relay team finish sixth to highlight the boys' results for Phoenix, which finished 11th overall.

Class 4A/3A/2A/1A

BOYS

TEAM SCORES — Cottage Grove 60, Sweet Home 41, La Grande 39, North Bend 34, Corbett 26, Madras 25, Philomath 20, Newport 16, Cascade Christian 14, Central 12, Phoenix 10, Scappoose 5, Riverdale 3, North Marion 2.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Cottage Grove (Sam Garrison, Caleb Leczel, Gavin Nash, Nat Taie), 1:40.62. 200 FREE — 1, Matthew Cook, La Grande, 1:42.13. 200 IM — 1, Aaron Ghiglieri, Cascade Christian, 1:51.15. 50 FREE — 1, Colin Eaton, Corbett, 20.48.

100 FLY — 1, Aaron Ghiglieri, Cascade Christian, 49.52; 4, Jeoff Underwood, Phoenix, 54.21. 100 FREE — 1, Colin Eaton, Corbett, 45.35. 500 FREE — 1, Kevin Waller, North Bend, 4:40.16. 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Cottage Grove (Nat Taie, John Pham, Gavin Nash, Kyle Fringer), 1:30.06; 6, Phoenix (Jeoff Underwood, Jarred Richards, Killian Omotoy, Angel Barajas), 1:35.13.

100 BACK — 1, Matthew Cook, La Grande, 51.68; 2, Jeoff Underwood, Phoenix, 55.34. 100 BREAST — 1, Zachary Pearce, Sweet Home, 1:00.12. 400 FREE RELAY — 1, North Bend (Camden Reeves, Max Stuntzner-Gibson, Sean Esperance, Kevin Waller), 3:23.75.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES — Henley 58, La Grande 44, Madras 32, North Bend 31, Valley Catholic 28, Phoenix 24, Scappoose 22, Cascade Christian 14, Gladstone 12, Sweet Home 14, Gladstone 12, Sweet Home 12, Sisters 11, Riverdale 8, La Salle 4, Blanchet Catholic 3, Taft 2, Mazama 1.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Henley (Angela Kirschner, Sierra Myers, Aunika Torres, Jenny Kirschner), 1:57.27. 200 FREE — 1, Alyssa Bennett, North Bend, 1:58.41. 200 IM — 1, Naomi Gunselman, Sweet Home, 2:17.02; 2, Alyse Darnall, Phoenix, 2:18.05.

50 FREE — 1, Breanna Sapienza, Cascade Christian, 24.28. 100 FLY — 1, Breanna Sapienza, Cascade Christian, 54.63. 100 FREE — 1, Angela Kirschner, Henley, 55.26. 500 FREE — 1, Sarah Clyde, Gladstone, 5:14.03; 5, Alyse Darnall, Phoenix, 5:28.22. 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Henley (Sierra Myers, Jenny Kirschner, Leta Spradley, Angela Kirschner), 1:45.93; 3, Phoenix (Kylee Burks, Arin Fitch, Olivia Sanchez, Alyse Darnall), 1:46.98.

100 BACK — 1, Logan Gomez, La Grande, 1:00.67. 100 BREAST — 1, Kelsey Morgan, North Bend, 1:11.66; 6, Olivia Sanchez, Phoenix, 1:15.99. 400 FREE RELAY — 1, La Grande (Becca Haynes, Allie Godfrey, Logan Gomez, Shelby Baker), 3:49.30; 3, Phoenix (Alyse Darnall, Olivia Sanchez, Kylee Burks, Arin Fitch), 3:52.62.