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Ghiglieri comes up short at nationals

Superior Stingray Swimming's Aaron Ghiglieri competed in two preliminary races at the USA National Championships in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday.

The 17-year-old Ghiglieri, who won the 100-yard butterfly and who was second in the 50 freestyle for Cascade Christian at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state championships in February, placed 88th in the 100 fly (56.19) and 129th in the 50 free (24.22) at Stanford University's Avery Aquatic Center.

Neither of Ghiglieri's times eclipsed his qualifying efforts. At the senior sectionals at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, he was second in the 100 fly in 55.57 seconds and was third in the 50 free, clocking a time of 23.91.

"We expected a better performance, but it is a little unnerving here at this level with all the biggest names the biggest coaches," Stingrays coach Robin Brickenden said.

Ghiglieri will compete in a 100 fly time trial today.

Elsewhere, Superior Stingray Swimming's Breanna Sapienza won two events at the OSI 11 & Over Long Course Championships, which was held at Amazon Pool in Eugene July 28-31.

The 15-year-old Sapienza also placed second in another event and was third in two others.

She captured victories in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 1:03.20, and in the 200 freestyle with a personal-record time of 2:09.04. Sapienza came in second in the 100 free (59.55) and third in the 50 free (28.07) and 200 fly (2:30.80).

Olivia Dow, 12, swam to respective fourth and fifth-place finishes in the finals of the 100 breaststroke (1:24.45) and 50 breaststroke (38.91). She was 12th in the 200 breaststroke and 14th in the 50 fly. For her efforts, Dow was chosen to compete on Oregon's Western Zone Team, which will travel to an upcoming all-star competition in Clovis, Calif., that begins next Tuesday.

"It's a great honor for her and her team," Brickenden said.

Garrison Simms, 15, went 12th and 14th respectively in the 200 and100 fly and was also selected to the Oregon Western Zone squad.

Kaylee Cooper, 14, raced to a seventh-place finish in the 200 fly (2:41.17). She was 12th in the 200 back and 19th in the 100 fly.

Ben Briesmeister, 13, finished the 100 fly and 50 free in 1:20.07 and 31.22 respectively.

Sarah Fay Reierson and Sapienza will next join Ghiglieri at the Speedo Junior National Championships, which begin Monday at Stanford University.

"I am through-the-roof excited," Brickenden said. "This is a small club and we had three people qualify. It is terrific."