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Local swimmer to compete in All-Star Meet

Waage the only Canyons Aquatic Club athlete to compete

Posted: January 8, 2009 9:50 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2009 4:31 a.m.

Canyons Aquatic Club swimmer Bryana Waage will travel to Federal Way, Wash. this weekend to compete in the Pacific Coast All-Star Meet.

Waage is the only Canyons swimmer that will be competing in the competition, consisting of 32 Southern California swimming athletes for boys and girls ages 11-14.

The Placerita Junior High seventh-grader said she is thrilled about the opportunity.

"It's an honor and it's very exciting to be able to go," Waage said.

Waage will be competing in numerous events including her signature 50-freestyle and 500-freestyle. She is one of eight girls competing in the 11-12-year-old category.

In only her third year of competitive swimming, Waage has already established herself among some of Canyons' best.

Last summer, Waage was one of six Canyons swimmers to travel to Canada and compete in the North American Challenge Cup. She competed alongside Valencia High's Riley Mita and Canyon High swimmers Nui Harris and Sarah Pino.

Waage's most recent meet was the Winter Age Group Championship Meet in Las Vegas on Dec. 12-14.

She earned a medal in every event she swam. It was her performance at the Las Vegas meet that earned her a place on the All-Star Team for this weekend's All-Star Meet.

Mary Waage, Bryana's mother, said the countless hours her daughter spends in the pool is a tribute to her success.

"I can not tell you how hard she works," Mary said. "Two-and-a-half hours a day, six days a week. The coach works them very hard."

The top three swimmers in each event will return home with medals.

Seemingly, Waage hopes she will be among the winners.

The 12-year old swimmer has a lot of talented athletes around her to serve as inspiration, including Hart senior and USC-bound, Jordan Danny.

Danny is the preeminent girls swimmers for the Indians team who competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. last July.

Waage said not only does she look up to Danny, but she would also like to follow in her footsteps in hopes of representing the United States on the world's largest athletic stage.

"My dream is to make it to the Olympics in the future,"


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