Ghiglieri sets state record

EUGENE — Aaron Ghiglieri broke a 19-year-old state record in the 50-meter freestyle to highlight the local efforts of the Triton Swim Team on Thursday at the Oregon Swimming 11-and-over Long Course Championships at Amazon Pool.

Ghiglieri, 14, barely missed out on a Junior National long course qualifying time by two-tenths of a second when he touched the wall in a winning time of 24.79 seconds. His effort eclipsed the state mark of 24.88 established by Brian Adelman of Tualatin Hills Swim Club in 1989.

"That was just incredible," said Triton coach Robin Brickenden of the record performance. "He's only like a shade off of being able to swim at the top level in the United States."

Brickenden said the Senior National qualifying time is 23.59, and the Olympic qualifying time is 23.39 in the event.

Ghiglieri also was a top finisher among 14-year-old boys in the 100 backstroke with his time of 1:03.03.

This past February, Ghiglieri set the short course state mark in the 100 freestyle by clocking 47.66.

Breanna Sapienza also pulled out a win for the Triton team in the 50 free for 12-year-old girls, cruising to victory in a time of 29.30.

Another strong effort was put in by Shan Lansing, who qualified for the age 13 finals in seventh but turned on the jets to finish second in the 50 free at 29.52.

Dash King also placed seventh in the 15-and-over boys 50 free with his time of 25.91, while Clark Snyder was fifth in the consolation finals in the same level and event at 26.12 and sixth in the 100 back consolation finals.

Kelsey Hoeper rounded out the Triton showing with a fourth-place finish of 29.15 in the 15-and-over girls 50 free consolation finals.

The four-day swim meet continues today and runs through Sunday.

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