By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s boys swim team competes against larger schools in the Palomar League, and the Bulldogs don’t have enough swimmers to obtain position points in all events, but Ramona improved its Palomar League record to 2-2 and its season dual meet mark to 3-4 with a 90-80 victory April 29 at home against Westview.
Ramona, which traveled to Del Norte High School the following day for the Ironman Relays meet and took first place in the Two Man class, won eight of eleven events against Westview. “It went well,” said Ramona coach Frank Yturralde.
The Wolverines won the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, and Ramona didn’t take the lead until after the finish of the 50-yard freestyle race. “It started out a little rough for us,” Yturralde said. “The boys picked it up and definitely came back.”
Each team is allowed up to two quartets in each relay race. Had Westview placed first and second in the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Wolverines would have won the meet. Ramona’s team of Collin Torsak, Dominick Scottolini, Alan Williams and Garrett Glaudini won that race in a time of 3:22.97 while Westview took second and third.
The Bulldogs also won the 200-yard freestyle relay. Scottolini, Ted Dean, James Oneto and Glaudini had a time of 1:35.26 in that race.
Glaudini and Torsak each won two individual freestyle races. Glaudini had a time of 1:51.08 in the 200-yard freestyle and took 4:55.60 to complete the 500-yard race. Torsak spent 22.60 seconds competing in the 50-yard freestyle and 50.23 seconds racing the 100-yard freestyle.
Scottolini had a time of 52.49 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle to give Ramona second place as well as first in that event. “That was real nice,” Yturralde said.
Williams had a winning time of 2:04.87 in the 200-yard individual medley. Oneto finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.68.
A school is allowed to enter up to three swimmers in each individual event. The limit of two individual and two relay events per swimmer requires a team of at least 12 swimmers to have full participation in all of a meet’s events. The Bulldogs had 11 swimmers after bringing up Spenser Jones from the junior varsity team.
Jones became part of Ramona’s team, which won the Two Man class at the April 30 Ironman Relays. The Two Man class consists of four events, and the Bulldogs won two of those. “That was really good,” Yturralde said. “Very impressive.”
Torsak and Glaudini won the 100-yard freestyle relay with a time of 46.03 seconds, Williams and Scottolini had a winning time of 54.98 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke relay, Levi Landon and Jones finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke relay and took 1:04.44, and Dean and Oneto had a fifth-place time of 55.21 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly relay.
The Bulldogs competed in only three events in the Four Man class and thus could not win the class, but they won the 200-yard medley relay when Glaudini, Oneto, Jones, and Torsak posted a time of 1:44.83.
In the Iron Man class in which two swimmers combine for a total of 200 yards, Williams and Glaudini finished first in the backstroke with a time of 1:48.14.
The Ironman Relays meet also includes co-ed races. Gina Lucas and Oneto won the co-ed 200-yard backstroke relay with a time of 2:09.17. Lucas and Torsak matched the previous 200-yard freestyle relay meet record of 1:38.40 but finished second after their San Pasqual counterparts broke the old record.
Ramona will close out its regular season and will honor the Bulldog seniors prior to tomorrow’s home meet against Mount Carmel.