Venezuelan National Team-er Julianna Penner Verbals to Hawaii for 2021

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California-based Julianna Penner has verbally committed to Hawaii’s class of 2025. She’s a rising senior at View Point High School in Calabasas, Calif., and she’s part of Venezuela’s national team.

I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of Hawaii! It’s a dream to return to the state where I began my life and first learned to swim. I want to thank my family, coaches, teammates, and friends for all their love and support throughout this process. Go Bows!! 🤙🏼


  • 500 free – 5:03.78
  • 1000 free – 10:19.41
  • 1650 free – 17:45.44
  • 100 fly – 58.66
  • 200 fly – 2:05.18

At Penner’s last SCY meet in December, the CA-NV Speedo Sectionals, she raced with Team Santa Monica and hit lifetime bests in the 500 free, 1000 free and 200 fly. At the 2019 CIF Southern – Division 3 Section Championships last May, Penner finished sixth in the 500 free and 13th in the 100 fly.

With Team Venezuela, Penner raced at the 2019 World Junior Championships and the 2019 Central American and Caribbean (CCCAN) Championships. At World Juniors, her highest finish came in the 1500-meter free (17:34.20), while she won silver medals at the CCCAN Champs in the 800 free (9:17.57) and 200 fly (2:20.35).

Hawaii has been led by Phoebe Hines the last four seasons in distance; she was an All-American in the mile in 2019 and also scored at NCAAs in the event in 2018, and she’s a four-time MPSF conference champion in the mile and a three-time champ in the 500.

Penner will overlap with the top returning distance freestyler, Anna Friedrich, while she could come in as the top 200 butterflier as her current best is better than anyone went in the 2019-20 season.

Penner joins Colorado-based breaststroker Kira Hobbs in Hawaii’s class of 2025 on the women’s side.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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