Ramona’s Gina Lucas reaches finals in Mission Viejo Invitational events

By Joe Naiman

Gina Lucas reached the championship finals in two events at the Mission Viejo Invitational swim meet March 23 while Ramona High School’s girls placed 16th among the 32 teams that competed.

“There were schools who were coming from all over Central and Southern California to be there, so it’s a pretty big deal,” coach Jolyn Yanez said of the Bulldogs placing in the top half. “A lot of the kids had a great meet, which is really exciting.”

The Mission Viejo Invitational includes preliminary heats and finals on the same day. The top 10 times in each preliminary event earn each of those swimmers a lane in the championship finals while the 10 next best marks earn berths in the consolation finals.

Lucas had a time of 2:12.61 in the 200-yard individual medley preliminaries, which ranked fifth among the preliminaries swimmers. Her time of 2:15.92 in the finals placed 10th.

Meets held outside the CIF San Diego Section count for section meet qualifying times, and Lucas’ 1:00.79 in the 100-yard backstroke preliminaries gave her an automatic qualifying time for the section meet. It also seeded her ninth for the finals, where her 1:01.63 placed eighth.

The relay races did not have preliminaries. Ashlee Holabird, Paulina Bernd, Jocelyn Schwegler, and Lucas had a time of 3:59.78 to place 15th.

Although Schwegler placed 31st in the 500-yard freestyle preliminaries and did not advance to either finals race, her time of 5:56.11 was her first ever under six minutes in that event.

The Bulldogs’ next meet will be Friday’s Valley League opener against Escondido Charter at the Escondido YMCA.

Related posts:

  1. Lucas wins 200 free at Sundevil Invitational
  2. Lucas first at two league swim prelim events
  3. Lucas wins IM at CIF meet, sets backstroke school record
  4. Bulldog girls swim ninth at Mission Viejo Invite
  5. Ramona High swimmer Glaudini wins individual medley race at league finals

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