By Joe Naiman
Glaudini breaks own school record
Ramona High School’s boys swim team lost its final dual meet of the season May 6 at home against Mount Carmel, although Ramona freshman Garrett Glaudini broke his own school record during the meet.
The Sundevils took a 98-64 win over the Bulldogs.
“It was a really good meet. It was very close,” said Coach Frank Yturralde.
The Bulldogs only trailed by a 31-30 margin after Collin Torsak won the 50-yard freestyle race, although a Mount Carmel sweep of the top three positions in the 100-yard butterfly gave the Sundevils a larger lead. Ramona won four of the 11 events.
The loss gave Ramona a final record of 2-3 in Palomar League dual meets along with a final season dual meet record of 3-5, and the Bulldogs used the meet in part to prepare for this week’s league meet at Rancho Bernardo High School which consists of today’s preliminary races and Saturday’s finals.
“Hopefully we’re getting to the peaking point,” Yturralde said.
On April 6 Glaudini swam the 200-yard individual medley against Torrey Pines in 2:01.35, breaking the school record of 2:07.53 set in 2006 by John Higginson. Glaudini’s May 6 time was 2:00.49.
Torsak took 22.69 seconds to win the 50-yard freestyle race. Glaudini, James Oneto, Alan Williams, and Torsak won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:44.51. Torsak, Ted Dean, Williams, and Glaudini comprised the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team, which was in competition for 3:28.89.
“Not everybody swam their normal events,” Yturralde said.
“I can put them in any event and not really lose much.”
The Bulldogs competed without Dominick Scottolini, who was ill. Health issues and an advanced placement test cost the Bulldogs two swimmers from an already-depleted junior varsity roster, so the Bulldogs did not contest the JV races and the three available JV swimmers joined the ten varsity competitors. A school is allowed up to three swimmers in an individual race in dual meets, and four swimmers from each team are allowed to compete in the league preliminary races.
“We’ll represent our school and do our best,” Yturralde said of the league meet.
“We’re going to be very competitive in league.”