2013-08-01 / Sports

CLU aquatics center plays host to Junior Olympics qualifier

By Gabrielle Moreira

The Conejo Simi Swim Club hosted its fourth annual Southern California Summer Junior Olympics Competition last week.

More than 1,000 swimmers ages 7 to 18 from 30 clubs throughout Southern California attended the meet at Cal Lutheran University’s Samuelson Aquatics Center in an attempt to qualify for Junior Nationals in Irvine.

Head coach Lauren Hancock said the club first chose to host the five-day event in 2010.

“Our team has gotten bigger in the last four years since we’ve hosted the event,” Hancock said. “Our swimmers’ quality improves every time.”

The swim club had 55 participants in all age groups compete.

Allie Fogelman, 16, of Moorpark qualified for Junior Nationals in the 1,500-meter freestyle. Grace Endaya, 10, of Simi Valley broke three meet records and won two gold medals. Two other swimmers from the club previously qualified for Nationals and Junior Nationals during the Los Angeles Swim Invitational, which was held July 14.

The local swim club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and Hancock said she could not be prouder of her team. The club operates year-round, and its 180 active swimmers pepper an area that stretches from Newbury Park to Chatsworth.

Several of the club members have been nationally ranked, including Shannyn Hultin, 20, of Agoura Hills who tried out for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Junior Nationals

Saturday’s 1,500-meter-freestyle qualifier Allie, 16, and Roger Kriegl, 15, are both members of the swim team at Moorpark High. They’re headed to Junior Nationals in Irvine on Aug. 3.

“I love my team,” Allie said. “They’re always there for me, and they make the club seem like a second home. It’s the best feeling in the world to be with them.”

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