By Joe Naiman
An April 13 dual meet at Ramona High School between the Ramona High School and Rancho Bernardo High School boys swim teams saw the Broncos win by an 85-84 margin.
“What a great meet,” said Ramona coach Frank Yturralde. “It was a very fun meet, very competitive. Came down to the wire.”
The final event of a high school swim meet is the 400-yard freestyle relay. Each school is allowed to enter up to two groups of four swimmers in each relay race. The first-place team receives 8 points, second place is worth 4 points, and 2 points are awarded for third place.
Each swimmer on a team is limited to two individual events and two relay races each meet, so a minimum of 12 swimmers on the team are needed for a school to have two squads in each relay race. Rancho Bernardo, which had 11 swimmers, placed two quartets in the 400-yard freestyle relay while Ramona only had one group.
The Bulldogs led by a point entering that final race.
“I knew they were going to get the 2 points,” Yturralde said of the third-place result. “We had to get the 8. We had to win.”
Rancho Bernardo’s swimmers include Trent Williams, who won the CIF Division I championship last year in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle events. Williams was on the Broncos’ 400-yard freestyle relay quartet that defeated the Bulldogs by approximately four seconds to earn the first-place points and give Rancho Bernardo the meet victory.
Williams swam the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races for his individual events, depriving Ramona’s Garrett Glaudini of the first-place points for those races but enabling Ramona’s Collin Torsak to win the 100-yard freestyle race with a time of 50.68 seconds. Torsak also won the 50-yard freestyle after posting a time of 22.88 seconds.
Alan Williams also won two races for Ramona, taking 55.72 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly and 1:00.89 for the 100-yard backstroke.
Ramona took first place in one of the three relay races. The 200-yard medley relay saw Williams, James Oneto, Ted Dean and Torsak post a time of 1:48.72. The Bulldogs fell to 1-2 in Palomar League competition and 2-4 overall in dual meets for the season. Ramona’s next meet will be April 29 at home against Westview.