Ramona’s Gina Lucas wins CIF breaststroke championship
By Joe Naiman
For the second consecutive year, Ramona High School’s Gina Lucas won a championship at the CIF swim meet.
Lucas, who won last year’s 200-yard individual medley CIF championship, overcame a fifth-place finish in this year’s individual medley race to win the 100-yard breaststroke.
“Couldn’t be more pleased with how hard she worked for that, so it was good to see it come to fruition,” said coach Jolyn Yanez.
The Bulldog girls as a team finished 12th among Division II schools.
“It went really, really well,” Yanez said.
Twelfth place is down from Ramona’s 11th-place showing in 2012.
“I didn’t have quite as many individual swimmers in the top 12, but I had more relay swims so it kind of evened itself out,” Yanez said.
The preliminaries were held May 15 and the finals were May 18, both at Granite Hills High School.
Ramona’s 200-yard medley relay team of Jocelyn Schwegler, Paulina Bernd, Ashlee Holabird, and Logan Johnson were seeded 13th entering the preliminaries but posted a 12th-place time of 2:04.88 in the preliminaries to advance to the consolation race. The quartet’s 2:03.10 in the consolation finals placed 11th.
Lucas’ best 2013 time in the individual medley seeded her fourth entering the preliminaries, where her 2:09.56 placed third. She led the finals prior to an awkward turn after the backstroke and settled for a fifth-place 2:11.23.
The 200-yard freestyle relay took place between the individual medley and the breaststroke. Ramona was seeded 15th entering the preliminaries where Lucas, Holabird, Kaylin vanTol, and Johnson posted a 12th-place time of 1:49.62. They lowered that to 1:49.42 in the finals while still placing 12th.
The freestyle relay allowed Lucas to focus on that instead of her disappointing individual medley performance.
“I think that the 200 freestyle relay really helped to get her mind back in the game,” Yanez said. “I was really pleased that she worked so hard in the 200 freestyle relay for the team.”
Lucas’ time in the breaststroke was 1:06.87, giving her the CIF championship but not the school record which is still Caitie Benson’s 2008 time of 1:06.24.
“That’s been a record she’s been chasing for four years now,” Yanez said. “It definitely was a goal that eluded her.”
Lucas closed out her high school career in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Bernd, vanTol, Schwegler, and Lucas had a time of 3:52.48, matching their eighth-place preliminaries finish but bettering their preliminaries time of 3:57.01.
Holabird’s preliminaries time of 1:04.64 in the 100-yard butterfly placed 14th while vanTol was 16th in that event at 1:07.64. Schwegler swam the 100-yard backstroke preliminaries in 1:06.81 to place 17th. Bernd’s 1:16.97 in the breaststroke preliminaries also placed 17th.
“Just really proud of those girls for how hard they worked all season,” Yanez said. “That whole group of girls is just a hard-working group.”
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