It was a record-breaking weekend for Ramona resident Garrett Glaudini at the Far Western Short Course Swim Championships.
The 14-year old swimmer set a new Heartland Swim Association (HSA) record for the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:23.91, eclipsing the previous club record for the male 13-14 division set in 1989 by 12 seconds.
More than 57 meet records were broken in competition among the best swimmers in the western United States at the Morgan Hill Aquatic Center from April 8-11. HSA swimmers, including Glaudini, set six club records and tallied another 18 personal best times in the four-day event that was held from April 7-11.
Michael Salazar, 12, set HSA records in the 50-yard butterfly (26.89), 100-yard butterfly (59.57) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:16.24). Vanessa Brown, 12, added her name to the HSA record book with new marks in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:39.49) and 400-yard individual medley (4:57.08).
Glaudini and Salazar earned finalist medals at the meet. Glaudini took fouth place in the 1650-yard freestyle, fifth place in the 1000-yard freestyle and sixth place in the 500-yard freestyle.
Salazar took third place in the 50-yard butterfly, fifth place in the 100-yard butterfly and sixth place in the 200-yard butterfly.
In the overall points race, Glaudini finished 16th in the male 13-14 division, Salazar finished 20th in the male 11-12 age group.
Recording personal bests were: 10-year-old Taylor Christensen (100 breaststroke), 12-year-old Amanda Sumrow (100 butterfly, 200 IM, 400 IM), 12-year-old Noah Wolfe (200 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 200 IM), 13-year-old Aubrey Bailey (100 freestyle, 100 butterfly) and 14-year-old Griffin Rizzo (200 butterfly).
In addition to their HSA records, personal bests were recorded by Brown (200 freestyle, 200 backstroke), Salazar (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle) and Glaudini (200 freestyle, 1000 freestyle, 400 IM).
The HSA Far Western team also included 12-year-old Danielle LaRosa of Ramona (100 butterfly, 1000 freestyle), 13-year-old Hannah Stevenson (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 backstroke) and 14-year-old Jordan Guenoit (100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 400 IM). Heartland placed 46th of the 91 teams in the competition.
Heartland Swim Association provides a comprehensive swimming program, with programs that cover all aspects of competitive swimming. A full-time staff of professional coaches trains swimmers who range in ability from the beginning competitive swimmer to national qualifiers. A nonprofit organization, Heartland operates year-round.