Ramona High’s Garrett Glaudini places third in two swim invitational events
By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s boys swim team traveled to Orange County for the March 23 Mission Viejo Invitational meet, and highlights included junior Garrett Glaudini placing third in both the 200-yard freestyle race and the 500-yard freestyle event.
The Mission Viejo Invitational included preliminary heats, as well as the championship and consolation finals for those whose time in the preliminaries was among the top 20 in their event.
“This is probably the most intense meet of the season,” said coach Jolyn Yanez.
The Bulldogs previously had dual meets March 19 and March 22.
“We’re looking at throwing training yardage on them,” Yanez said.
The Bulldogs as a team finished 11th among the 28 schools participating.
During Ramona’s March 19 meet, Glaudini swam the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events, as well as legs in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Ramona’s March 22 meet saw Glaudini compete in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke, along with the medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.
At the Mission Viejo meet, Glaudini posted a time of 1:45.86 in the 200-yard freestyle preliminaries race, which seeded him second for the championship finals. His 1:45.36 in the finals gave him third place.
“He loves swimming distances, so really the 200 freestyle for him is a sprint,” Yanez said.
In his 500-yard freestyle preliminary race, Glaudini’s time of 4:45.19 was five seconds faster than his previous season best and gave him the third seed entering the finals. Glaudini’s 4:43.26 in the finals gave him third for that event.
The March 22 meet included Ramona junior Carlo Silva setting a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke (last week’s Sentinel incorrectly reported that he set the record in the backstroke). Although he did not match that time of 1:01.54 at the Mission Viejo Invitational, his preliminaries time of 1:02.58 and his finals mark of 1:02:59 both placed sixth.
“I thought he swam really solid,” Yanez said.
Silva also swam the 200-yard individual medley preliminaries, placing 16th with a time of 2:09.91, although due to a sore throat he scratched out of the consolation finals to focus on the breaststroke. Silva’s scratch gave Ramona freshman Brandon Powell a lane in the consolation finals after Powell’s preliminaries time of 2:12.04 placed 21st and made him the first alternate. Powell’s time of 2:10.65 in the finals gave him 18th place.
Powell also qualified for the consolation finals in the 100-yard butterfly. His preliminaries time of 57.85 seconds and his finals time of 57.07 seconds were both 14th-place performances.
The relay races did not have preliminaries. Glaudini, Silva, Powell, and Isaac Gross posted a ninth-place time of 1:46.60 in the 200-yard medley relay. Meets held outside the CIF San Diego Section count for section meet qualifying times, and Ramona’s mark is an automatic qualifying time for the CIF meet.
“That was really exceptional,” Yanez said.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Glaudini, Powell, Silva, and Cory Davison placed 10th with a time of 3:32.03.
The Bulldogs’ first Valley League competition of the season will take place Friday against Escondido Charter at the Escondido YMCA.
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- Glaudini sets school records in 200 and 500 freestyle events
- Ramona boys swim team ties two meets, Silva breaks school record
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