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Triton, Stingray swimmers excel at state

CORVALLIS — After a strong showing at the Oregon State Swimming Championships for ages 11-14 this past weekend, three members of the Triton Swim Team and six Superior Stingray swimmers qualified for the Northwest Section Age Group Championships.

Aaron Ghiglieri, Breanna Sapienza and Sami Case of Triton, as well as Superior's Grace Jovanovic, Sarah Fay Reierson, Lauren Hunter, Kaylee Cooper, Andrea Dow and Taos Cadarette-Stewart advance to the event March 14-16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Seattle, Wash.

Ghiglieri capped the state meet by setting the state record in the 100 freestyle, clocking 47.66. The mark he bettered was set last year, but prior to that, the record stood since 1989.

The 14-year-old nearly swam to another state record in the 50 free with his time of 21.92. He also grabbed second in the 100 butterfly (52.98) and third in the 200 free (1:46.23) and 100 backstroke (54.26) — all personal bests.

Sapienza helped Triton take third place as a team with five personal records. The 12-year-old earned first in the 200 free (2:00.21), trimming five seconds off her previous best time. She also placed second in the 50 free (25.84), third in the 50 fly (27.44) and 100 free (56.27) and fourth in the 100 individual medley (1:05.12).

Case recorded three personal bests, taking third in the 50 breaststroke (33.83) and fourths in the 100 breast (25.84) and 50 free (25.96). The 12-year-old also competed in the 100 fly (1:08.45), 50 fly (30.65) and 100 free (59.67).

Jovanovic, one of the Superior's most improved swimmers, will take part in five events in March, while Reierson and Hunter will each swim in two.

Reierson had the highest individual finish for the Stingray club over the weekend. She earned third place in the 100 butterfly (1:01.91) and grabbed sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:03.67).

Jovanovic took sixth place in the 50- and 100-back events with times of 28.53 and 1:13.28. Cadarette-Stewart took sixth in the 50 freestyle (29.13).

In the 400 medley relay, Hunter, Dow, Kate Mathews and Olivia Sanchez teamed up to secure eighth place, Superior's best finish of seven team events. The time was 4:45.99.