Ghiglieri, Sapienza qualify for nationals

Swimmers Aaron Ghiglieri and Breanna Sapienza have qualified for the 2011 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Palo Alto, Calif., next week.

Each of the members of Superior Stingray Swimming did so by posting times close to the 2012 Olympic trials standards at the senior sectionals last weekend at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

Ghiglieri was second in the 100-meter butterfly in 55.57 seconds. He also was third in the 50 freestyle, eclipsing 24 seconds for the first time with a clocking of 23.91.

Sapienza was first in the consolation final in the 100 fly in 1:02.20.

Their butterfly times are about three-10ths of a second off the trials standards. For the men, the qualifying time is 55.29, and for the women, it's 1:01.99.

The two are the first from the area to make senior national qualifying times, said coach Robin Brickenden.

"Both of these swimmers are highly motivated to get the Olympic cuts now in this season," he said, "so as to relieve the pressure. It is so remarkable that they are swimming this fast with hopes of going faster still."

The senior national championships are Aug. 2-6 at Stanford University. Among the competitors will be nine U.S. Olympians — including gold medalists Jason Lezak, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay — according to the USA Swimming website.

Sarah Fay Reierson, who, like Sapienza, missed the junior national qualifying time last summer by eight-10ths of a second, advanced to her first long course junior national in the 100 backstroke, coming in second in the bonus final with a time of 1:05.65.

The junior nationals are Aug. 8-12, also at Stanford.

Sapienza won the 100 free bonus final in 58.43, and Ghiglieri's time of 53.70 in the 100 free was good for fifth place.

"We expect him to be under 52.5 by nationals," said Brickenden.

Reierson was second in the bonus final of the 200 back in 2:22.42.

"I'm so proud of them", says Brickenden. "We are going to nationals and we are going to be competitive."

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