Swimmer’s workouts pay off
By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona High School athlete and Mountain Valley Academy student Garrett Glaudini had a busy and productive summer.
Glaudini upped his workout schedule from five sessions a week to eight, and the increased workload paid big dividends.
Glaudini attended the sectional swim meet in Fresno and qualified to compete in the Junior National Meet at Stanford University. The Glaudini family had to cover the costs of travel and lodging to junior nationals at Stanford but it turned out to be money well spent. Glaudini’s time in the mile (1500 meters LC freestyle) dropped from 16:15.08 (the 47th best time going into the meet) to 15:49.68 (the 14th best time at the meet).
He attended the meet with his mom Shannon. His dad Tim, a Ramona High graduate, and sister, Rhiann remained in Ramona.
His time in the 400 meter freestyle dropped from 4:06.59 (91st) to 4:04.38 (51st). His 800 meter time dropped from 8:29.58 (59th) to 8:20.67 (26th).
Glaudini, 15, competed against 14-, 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds. His mile time qualified him for a berth at the Olympic tryouts. His 800- meter time was good enough for a trip to the senior nationals.
Glaudini started swimming competitively at the age of 7 while he lived in Pittsburgh. “My friend was swimming and I knew that I was faster than him, so I joined.”
When the family moved from the Steel City to Ramona, he joined the Heartland Swim Club in El Cajon.
As a freshman at RHS, he was the Palomar League 200 meter champion and won the CIF in the 200-meter freestyle.
His favorite event is the 1500 meter. “I love the race. In a race like the 50 meter, you just get in and out of the water too quickly. I don’t see the point. In the mile you have to show what you can do.”
They don’t swim the mile in high school meets, so his favorite scholastic event is the 500M.
Glaudini gives credit to his coaches Pat Pope and Jolyn Yanez at Heartland and Frank Yturralde at RHS. Yanez is a RHS graduate and coach. “They all love the sport.”
An A student, Glaudini hopes to attend college. When asked about competing in the Olympic Games, Glaudini replied, “The 2012 games are not a realistic goal, but I think that I have a chance for the 2016 Olympics if I can continue to improve.”
He doesn’t plan on burning out. “I would only burn out if I didn’t get enough work. I love to swim and can’t get enough work. The more work the better for me.”
With school starting, he hopes to be able to get in enough work to continue to improve.
Glaudini’s career goal is to be an Air Force fighter pilot. He likes to go fast in all of his endeavors.
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