Three locals land spot on Western Zone team

Three Rogue Valley swimmers, Grace Jovanovic, Sarah Reierson, and Breanna Sapienza, have been selected to represent Oregon at the 2009 Western Zone Swimming Championships in Hawaii on August 4—8, 2009.

Oregon Swimming, Inc., recently announced that Jovanovic (age 12), Reierson (age 15), and Sapienza (age 13) are part of the 60-member Oregon team that will compete at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Waipahu, Oahu. The local swimmers will join the rest of the Oregon team in competing against other qualifying swimmers from several Western states, including those from Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Utah, and Washington.

Each swimmer had to achieve at least one zone-qualifying time and submit an application to Oregon Swimming, Inc., who then had a panel of statewide swim coaches select the 2009 team members.

Jovanovic, a future seventh grader at Hedrick Middle School, had two zone-qualifying long-course meter times in the 50 butterfly (32.08) and the 100 butterfly (1:10.22). In addition, she currently is ranked in the top five of her 11—12 age group for the state of Oregon in both the butterfly events, the 50 freestyle, the 200 individual medley, the 50 breaststroke, and the 100 breaststroke.

Reierson, who will be a sophomore at South Medford High School, had four zone-qualifying long-course meter times in the 100 backstroke (1:09.34), the 200 backstroke (2:33.85), the 100 butterfly (1:09.61), and the 200 IM (2:34.38). She will compete in the 15—16 age group for Oregon.

Sapienza, who will be an eighth grader at Grace Christian School, had three zone-qualifying long-course meter times in the 50 freestyle (28.16), the 100 butterfly (1:06.37), and the 100 freestyle (1:00.04). She also had two zone-qualifying short-course yard times in the 200 butterfly (2:11.74) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.10). This will be Sapienza's second time as a Western Zone Team swimmer; she is also an Oregon top five swimmer in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 and 200 butterfly.

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