By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s boys swim team took seventh place among Division II teams at the CIF meet May 21 at Del Norte High School while setting six school records.
“I was very, very happy,” said Coach Frank Yturralde. “They swam really well.”
Senior Alan Williams closed out his high school career by setting two records in individual races and being part of two record-setting relay teams, and freshman Garrett Glaudini also set two individual race records and contributed to the two relay records.
“Alan and Garrett had a very successful meet today,” Yturralde said.
A high school swim meet begins with the 200-yard medley relay. Glaudini, Levi Landon, Williams and Collin Torsak provided Ramona with a third-place finish and set a new school record with a time of 1:41.46. The previous record of 1:42.27 was set in 2010.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team consisted of Torsak, Ted Dean, Williams and Glaudini. Prior to the CIF meet preliminary races May 18, the school record in that event was 3:21.01 and was last broken in 2008.
“We kind of shattered that,” Yturralde said.
Ramona’s time of 3:20.62 in the preliminaries erased the three-year-old record while seeding the Bulldogs sixth in the championship finals. During the finals the Ramona swimmers had a time of 3:17.29 and took fourth place.
In 2004, Ryan Tucker swam the 100-yard butterfly in 52.87 seconds, which stood as the school record until Williams swam that event in the 2011 CIF finals. Williams’ time of 52.87 seconds placed fifth.
Williams previously held the school record in the 100-yard backstroke after having completed that event in 55.25 seconds during a 2010 race.His final high school individual race was in the consolation finals of this year’s CIF meet.
Williams won the consolation finals with a time of 54.69 seconds to lower his school record.
The swimmers with top six times in the preliminary heats advance to the championship finals with the next six swimmers qualifying for the consolation finals, so Williams officially received seventh place.
Glaudini also broke a school record while winning the consolation finals. His time in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle seeded him ninth, but he won the consolation finals with a time of 1:44.69. The previous school record in that event was 1:45.56, set in 2008 by Riley Bylund. Bylund’s school records set in 2008 also included a time of 4:50.19 in the 500-yard freestyle, which lasted until Ramona’s first meet of the 2011 season March 3 when Glaudini posted a time of 4:44.37 in his first high school meet.
Although Glaudini did not break that record until the season’s final meet, he swam his 20 laps May 21 in 4:37.84 and finished fifth.
Torsak qualified for the consolation finals in the 100-yard freestyle, where the senior had a time of 49.74 seconds to obtain a twelfth-place finish in his final individual race.
“We want to be able to peak at the right time,” Yturralde said. “When you do this at the final meet of the season, it feels good.”