By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s girls swim team placed 10th among Division II schools at the CIF meet May 21 at Del Norte High School.
The Bulldogs’ highlights included a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley by sophomore Gina Lucas, who broke her own school record for that event in the finals as well as at the May 18 preliminaries at Del Norte.
Lucas finished third in the 100-yard backstroke, and Ramona won two consolation finals races.
“It was a great experience. It was a great cap to the end of the year,” said Coach Jolyn Yanez. “It was really exciting.”
During the Palomar League meet, Lucas swam the 200-yard individual medley — which consists of 50 yards apiece in the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle — in 2:10.87 during the preliminaries and 2:10.60 at the finals.
Katherine Abbott had previously held the school record with a time of 2:11.05 in 2008.
Lucas lowered the record to 2:09.33 in the CIF preliminaries, which seeded her second in the finals. She swam the finals race in 2:08.00 to finish second behind Heren Alanis of La Jolla High School.
“It was definitely an exciting race,” Yanez said.
Lucas had a time of 1:08.90 in the 100-yard breaststroke during the preliminaries to earn the third seed in the championship finals, and she placed third in the championship race with a personal best time of 1:07.86.
Senior Ellie Carrano, freshman Paulina Bernd, senior Madi Lanz and Lucas comprised the 200-yard freestyle relay team whose time of 1:43.65 earned fourth place in the preliminaries and a lane in the championship race. Their time of 1:45.15 in the finals placed sixth.
The swimmers or relay teams with the top six times in the preliminary heats advance to the championship finals while the next six times earn lanes in the consolation finals.
Lanz had a preliminaries time of 1:00.94, her best of the season, in the 100-yard butterfly to earn the seventh seed. She then won the consolation finals with a time of 1:00.01. The win in the consolation finals equates to a seventh-place finish.
Carrano qualified for the consolation finals with a time of 57.08 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle race before posting a 12th-place time of 57.16 seconds in the finals.
Carrano and Lanz closed out their high school careers with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay consolation race. Carrano, freshman Ashlee Holabird, Lanz and Lucas had a seventh-place time of 3:52.13 in the preliminaries and a season-best time of 3:46.72 in the consolation finals.
“The girls did a good job,” Yanez said.