Michelle Griglione, 13, of Northern Virginia Fun and Fitness won three events at the Region II short course swimming championships yesterday at the White Oaks Swim Center in Silver Spring.
Griglione qualified for the senior short course nationals in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:51.92 and the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.72). She also swam a leg on the victorious NVFF girls' 800-yard freestyle relay team.
Ricardo Aldabe of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club easily took the men's 200-yard freestyle (1:40.80) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:53.18), also qualifying for senior nationals in both events.
The Solotar Swim Club leads the team competition with 825 1/2 points, followed by the Arlington Aquatic Club and the Allentown Road Aquatic Club with 112 and 41 points, respectively.
Not wanting to upset his team's harmony, NVFF Coach John Flanagan protects Griglione from distractions by the press.
"She's happier that way and I'm sure her parents are happier that way," Flanagan said. "She's a real purist. She really doesn't need it (publicity) at her age. She's just a kid."
For most of the athletes, the meet, which runs through Sunday, likely represents the last chance to qualify for the senior nationals April 6-9 in Indianapolis and the junior nationals April 13-16 in Gainesville, Fla.