Bulldogs beat Titans in boys swim league opener
By Joe Naiman
The 2011 Palomar League swim season started April 1, and Ramona High School’s boys won their league opener against Poway in the Titans’ pool.
The Bulldogs took a 94-76 victory while winning ten of the 11 swimming events.
“It was definitely a great win,” said Ramona coach Frank Yturralde. “We fared very, very well.”
Ramona and Poway had both faced El Camino earlier in the season.
“I knew it was going to be close, because I had seen their times against El Camino,” Yturralde said. “I knew we could win a lot of them.”
The times printed in the daily newspapers, however, were only those of the first-place finishers. First place in an individual race gives a school 6 points, second place is worth 4 points, third place earns 3 points, fourth place provides 2 points, and fifth place salvages 1 point.
A school can enter up to three swimmers in each individual event. The published times didn’t include Poway’s second or third swimmers.
“They have so many bodies, I always worry,” Yturralde said.
In the one event Poway won, the 50-yard freestyle, Ramona took second, third, and fifth to give each school 8 points for that race.
A school can enter up to two teams in each relay race, for which the top three finishers earn 8, 4, and 2 points respectively. Ramona started the meet by winning 10 of the 14 points in the 200-yard medley relay. The winning team of Alan Williams, James Oneto, Levi Landon and Collin Torsak took 1:47.75 to finish.
Ramona freshman Garrett Glaudini, who began the season and his high school career March 3 by setting a school record in the 500-yard freestyle race, lowered his school mark against Poway. Glaudini, who swam the March 3 race against Grossmont in 4:44.37, took 4:43.50 in the April 1 meet. Glaudini also won the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:45.83.
Williams won the 100-yard butterfly in 56.85 seconds, giving him an automatic qualifying time for the CIF meet. The Bulldogs came close to taking the top two positions in that race before Ted Dean was touched out and settled for third place along with a personal best of 1:00.90. Williams also won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.86 seconds, which is a consideration mark for the CIF meet.
Oneto’s winning 100-yard backstroke time of 1:04.99 is an automatic qualifying standard, and the two other Bulldogs in that race had consideration times.
Freshman Carlo Silva was third at 1:08.81 and Landon placed fourth with a time of 1:09.31. Oneto added a win in the 200-yard medley relay, which he completed 2:13.44 after the starter’s gun was fired.
Torsak was the winner of the 100-yard freestyle race, finishing with a time of 51.00 seconds.
Torsak, Landon, Dominick Scottolini and Glaudini took 1:34.16 to win the 200-yard freestyle relay. Williams, Scottolini, Oneto and Glaudini won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:26.01.
“That was a great way to start league,” Yturralde said.
After the meet Friday evening, the Bulldogs traveled to Orange County early Saturday morning for the April 2 Mission Viejo Invitational meet, which began at 9 a.m. and had preliminary races as well as finals and consolations for those who qualified.
“That’s pretty exhausting to try to compete like that,” Yturralde said.
The swimmers with the top 10 times from the preliminary races earned a lane in the finals while those with the 10 next best times competed in the consolation finals.
Glaudini’s time of 1:47.99 in the 200-yard freestyle earned him entry into the consolation finals in that event, and in the 500-yard freestyle he not only qualified for the championship finals but also once again broke his school record with a time of 4:39.67, which placed second among all swimmers.
Glaudini, who was the only freshman in the finals, finished fifth in that race but lowered his school record to 4:39.47.
“He held his own,” Yturralde said.
In the 100-yard butterfly competition, Williams was 11th in the preliminaries with a personal best time of 55.43 seconds, although he swam the consolation race in 56.21 seconds.
“Very proud of them,” Yturralde said of his team’s performance at the Mission Viejo meet. “I’m more than happy with them.”
Yturralde didn’t expect to place as a team in the Mission Viejo meet.
“It’s tough competition. That’s why we do it, though,” he said. “It’s really good for some of my top swimmers.”
The Bulldogs host Torrey Pines in tomorrow’s Palomar League meet.
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