Ghiglieri is tops at Long Course Championships

EUGENE — It was no surprise to see Aaron Ghiglieri and Breanna Sapienza atop their respective divisions at the conclusion of the 11-and-over Long Course Championships on Sunday.

Although Sapienza wound up runner-up in the high point category, Ghiglieri captured the crown for the boys age 14 division to help the Triton Swim Team earn 17th place out of 40 teams at Amazon Pool.

This all came while Ghiglieri, Sapienza and a couple other Triton team members qualified for two upcoming events.

Along with Ghiglieri and Sapienza, Clark Snyder will represent the Triton Swim Team as a member of Oregon's squad in the Western Zones meet.

The event, which features swimmers representing surrounding states, will take place at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham Aug. 6-10.

In the 100 free, Ghiglieri posted a winning time of 55.30. He also took home a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.24), which ultimately earned him high-point honors.

Ghiglieri also made the junior national cut in the 50 free and qualified for the Short Course Yards Speedo Junior National Championships held in Austin, Texas, this December. His time of 24.79 in the 50 free earned the Central Point native the spot.

Sapienza, while very successful over the weekend, ran into a patch of bad luck Sunday.

She was touched out twice by the winners in the 100 free (1:04.05) and 50 fly (31.33), costing her high point for the 12-year-old girls division.

She finished second in the 50 fly to Michelle Cefal of the Tualatin Thunderbolts. Cefal's time of 31.30 slightly edged Sapienza in a photo-finish in the 50 fly. Cefal was the eventual high point winner for 12-year-olds.

Also for the Triton squad, Shan Lansing, in the girls age 13 category, placed third in the 100 free (1:03.35), Kelsey Hoeper took seventh in the 100 free for girls ages 15-and-over and Melissa Ghiglieri was second in the 17-year-old age group with a 1:23.26 time in the 100 breaststroke.

After securing a spot as a second alternate for the Oregon team with her 10th-place finish in the 200 fly, Olivia Sanchez caught her breath and went 30 laps in the 1,500 free, finishing sixth with a mark of 22:04.35.

In the 15-and-over boys consolation finals, Dash King nabbed third place in the 100 free with a time of 57.90, while Snyder was fourth at 58.80.

The Triton Swim Team will be back in action again this weekend in Grants Pass at the YMCA.

Junior Baseball

AGE 15-16 STATE TOURNAMENT — At Canby, the Eagle Point Rebels took eighth place in the Junior Division 2 State Tournament last weekend.

The Rebels were dealt a 9-4 loss by Central Catholic in the consolation championship.

Eagle Point opened the tournament with a loss to Roseburg, but battled back with an 11-5 triumph over South Salem.

In that contest, Eagle Point's Ben Zomerdyk pitched a three-hitter to go with eight strikeouts. Arron Foster contributed with a two-run home run.

The Rebels followed with a victory over West Albany where pitcher Tyler Atlyer tossed a four-hitter. He also fanned eight in the contest.

Share This Story