Girls swim closes season with banquet

A week after completing the competitive portion of the season, Ramona High School’s girls swim team ended its season May 30 with the post-season awards banquet.

The banquet, which was held at the Gantzer home, was attended by approximately 60 swimmers, parents, and others.  

“We actually had a pretty good showing,” said Coach Stacey Dusseault.  “It was a nice recap of the season.”

Dusseault handed out high point awards for the varsity swimmers based on the most points accumulated during the season.  Lauren Gantzer was the high point senior, Breann Stevens won the junior high point award, Madi Lanz was the top-scoring sophomore, and Meredith O’Gwynn earned freshman high point honors.

Gantzer was also selected as the team Most Valuable Player by a vote of the swimmers. Dusseault and junior varsity Coach Jolyn Yanez selected two sophomores, Ellie Carrano and Sydney Davison, to share the Most Improved award. Dusseault and Yanez named senior Autie Hillis as the recipient of the Most Committed award and junior Brice Maruna for the Coaches’ Choice honor.

The junior varsity high point awards went to junior Amanda Carasiti while the JV Most Improved honor was given to junior Sierra Strohson.  Although seniors cannot swim junior varsity races in North County Conference meets, Dusseault and Yanez placed some seniors in JV races in the meets against the Grossmont League teams which qualified senior Rachel Dean for the JV’s Most Committed award and senior Jessica Russo for the Coaches’ Choice award.

The banquet also saw Dusseault hand out letters and section academic team recognition.

The swimmers also handed out senior gifts.  Taylor Shinnick, a junior, made blankets with assistance from Stevens which were handed out to the seniors.  

“I was really impressed,” Dusseault said.

Ramona had seven seniors on the 2009 team.  

“We had a huge group of seniors this year,” Dusseault said.

Gantzer and Hillis also received captain’s gifts.

The banquet also recognized parent support.  

“We have wonderful parents,” Dusseault said.  “They always help us so much every year.”

   
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