By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School senior Madi Lanz was named as the Most Valuable Player of the Bulldogs’ girls swim team during the team’s post-season banquet at the Lucas home on June 4.
“She was really an all-around captain for us this year,” said Ramona varsity coach Jolyn Yanez.
Lanz also took home the senior high point award, and Yanez cited her inspirational achievements during a season with more dual meet losses than wins as a reason for the selection of Lanz as the Most Valuable Player.
“She really helped to bring like a great mental edge,” Yanez said. “She kept morale high. They did a lot of mental preparation.”
The high point award is given to the varsity swimmer in each grade who accumulated the most finishing position points over the season. Meredith O’Gwynn earned the junior high point award, Gina Lucas was the sophomore high point award winner, and Paulina Bernd received freshman high point honors.
Briana Campbell received both the junior varsity high point award and the junior varsity Most Valuable Player award. Campbell, a sophomore, also received a varsity letter after earning enough points during the varsity-level Ironman Relays and Palomar League meet to qualify.
Lucas also received the varsity’s Most Committed award.
“She never missed a practice this season,” Yanez said.
“She’s one of the first people on the deck; she’s always ready to go,” Yanez said. “Every action that she makes on the team she makes in the best interests of the team.”
Sophomore Maria Branco was the recipient of the junior varsity’s Most Committed award.
Senior Sydney Davison received the varsity Coaches’ Choice award.
“She took charge making sure that all of our young freshman athletes knew where they were supposed to be on meet days,” Yanez said. “She really took charge of mentoring the younger athletes on the team.”
Hannah Myers, a sophomore, won the Coaches’ Choice award on the junior varsity level.
The varsity Most Improved recognition was given to freshman Ashlee Holabird, who had 18 personal best times over the course of the season.
“She didn’t have a lot of racing experience,” Yanez said.
During the league meet, her time in the 100-yard butterfly qualified for the CIF meet.
“I think she even surprised herself,” Yanez said.
Freshman Amanda Scherer received the junior varsity’s Most Improved designation.
The banquet also saw the presentation of 13 varsity letters. A potluck lunch preceded the awards.