By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School boys swim coach Frank Yturralde has had to provide some extra coaching to this year’s swim team.
“I lost a lot of seniors last year. I’ve got a very young team,” Yturralde said. “They’re still trying to make that transition.”
Yturralde lost five seniors from his 2011 team, and a sixth 2011 swimmer opted not to swim as a senior this year.
“We’re rebuilding,” Yturralde said.
Since each swimmer is limited to two individual races and two relay races for one meet, at least 12 swimmers are needed for a team to have full scoring opportunities. Ramona has nine varsity swimmers.
“I don’t have a full complement,” Yturralde said.
That was evident in Ramona’s 116-45 loss to El Camino in the Bulldogs’ home opener March 20.
“El Camino’s not a bad team. They had a lot of good swimmers,” Yturralde said.
Ramona — specifically sophomore Garrett Glaudini — won two of the 11 events in the meet against the Wildcats. Glaudini’s times of 1:47.3 in the 200-yard freestyle and 57.27 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke are automatic qualifying times for the CIF meet.
The Bulldogs will follow spring break with an April 10 Palomar League meet at Rancho Bernardo.