Young swim team doesn’t worry Yanez
By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s girls swim team has only one senior on its 2012 roster— and she is returning to the program after taking her junior year off—but Varsity Coach Jolyn Yanez thinks of that as building a strong program rather than of being handicapped by minimal high school meet experience.
“Team’s looking good,” Yanez said. “They’re all really highly motivated.”
The two freshmen on the 12-girl varsity roster have club experience. Several of the girls came out late for practice due to Ramona’s girls water polo team reaching the semifinals of the CIF playoffs.
“I appreciate that,” Yanez said of the water polo players joining the swim team immediately after the Bulldogs’ playoff loss. “They didn’t get any rest for the weary.”
Meredith O’Gwynn is the senior who was on the varsity previously but did not swim competitively in 2011. O’Gwynn and junior Gina Lucas are this year’s captains.
Three other juniors are returning from last year’s varsity: Jessie Gilbert, Rachel Hogervorst, and Lisse Litka-Baughman. Sophomores Paulina Bernd, Ashlee Holabird, and Jocelyn Schwegler made last year’s varsity as freshmen. Brianna Campbell and Amanda Huber were on last year’s junior varsity squad.
Danielle LaRosa and Alicia Podoris are the two freshmen who earned positions on the varsity.
“They both have a lot of competition experience,” Yanez said.
Yanez doubts that her two varsity freshmen will have trouble adjusting to the team-focused aspect.
The swim team also includes a junior varsity roster of 16 girls.
The Bulldogs open their season Friday afternoon with a double dual meet at Grossmont High School.
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