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Originally from Santa Monica, California, Joey Agena recently made the move to Ohio where he attends Spire Institute and swims with the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins. In California, he trained with Alpha Aquatics. Agena has announced that he will be returning to California to spend his collegiate career, committing to swim at California State University, Bakersfield. Bakersfield is just over an hour and a half from Santa Monica.
“I’m extremely blessed to announce my commitment to the California State University, Bakersfield. I thank God every day for this opportunity to pursue swimming at the next level. I would also like to thank my parents, family, coaches, and teammates for their endless support throughout the years.”
Agena is primarily a breaststroker, with the ability to compete in the IM as well. At the Lake Erie Senior Championships in March, he was a finalist in both the 100 and 200 breast. His best finish was in the 100, where he touched 5th while notching a personal best time of 59.32. He also picked up an 8th place finish and best time of 2:09.90 in the 200 breast.
In the long course pool at the end of March, Agena notched a trio of lifetime bests in the 50 free (26.52), 100 breast (1:10.17), and 200 IM (2:21.12). Competing at the Sectionals meet in Elkhart, his top finish came in the 100 breast, where he touched in 27th.
Best SCY Times
- 100 breast – 59.32
- 200 breast – 2:09.90
- 200 IM – 2:01.78
After opting out of competition for the 2020-21 season, CSUB’s last conference championship meet was in 2020 when the Roadrunner men took 6th out of 7 men’s teams at the 2020 Western Athletic Conference Championships. When the team returns to the pool this fall it will be a part of a new conference, as the program joined the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MSPF) last year.
While the program has since graduated it’s top breaststroker, Agena will have one year of overlap with Antonio Milin, who scored in the finals of both breaststroke races.
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