By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School sophomore Garrett Glaudini not only repeated his Palomar League championship in the 200-yard individual medley race but also lowered his school record by a full second.
Glaudini, who swam the individual medley in 1:59.48 during last year’s league meet, lowered his time to 1:58.48 during this year’s league finals May 12 at Mount Carmel High School.
“He’s such a competitor, and he’s so good with all four strokes,” said Coach Frank Yturralde.
Glaudini also holds the school records in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle events. Because a swimmer is limited to two individual events at the CIF meet, Glaudini will compete in the two freestyle races rather than in the individual medley.
The CIF meet will be held at Del Norte High School with preliminaries Thursday and finals Saturday.
Glaudini also swam the 500-yard freestyle race at the league meet. His time of 4:39.99 placed third, behind the 4:39.41 of Mt. Carmel sophomore Grant Schenk and the 4:39.87 time posted by Rancho Bernardo’s Liam Semple.
“It was literally touch-touch-touch,” Yturralde said. “That was a very good race.”
Glaudini didn’t have as much room to improve his 50-yard backstroke segment in the 200-yard medley relay, but his three teammates all dropped more than a second off their times as Ramona’s time of 1:42.86 placed fourth at the league finals while decreasing Ramona’s best time of the season by more than four seconds.
Carlo Silva swam the breaststroke, Ted Dean represented Ramona during the butterfly leg, and Nathan Creswell closed the race with the freestyle stroke.
“Very good swims,” Yturralde said. “Not a shame to take fourth in this league in relays.”
Ramona’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Dean, Cory Davison, Creswell, and Glaudini also placed fourth after posting a time of 1:34.97, a drop of nearly six seconds from the team’s previous best this year.
The Bulldogs’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Isaac Gross, Jesse Reiling, Silva, and Davison placed sixth at the league meet with a time of 3:47.12.
Two Ramona boys won their consolation finals race at the league meet to take an official ninth place. Dean, whose previous best time in the 200-yard freestyle was 1:56, lowered his time to 1:52.58, which was lower than one contestant in the championship race.
“That was pretty amazing,” Yturralde said.
Davison was also in that race and finished 14th, sixth in the consolation race, with a time of 2:03.10.
Reiling won the consolation finals in the 100-yard breaststroke, posting a time of 1:06.91. That was a three-second decrease from his previous best.
“That’s pretty impressive,” Yturralde said.
Silva was in the breaststroke championship race and placed fourth with a 1:02.75 performance. Silva was in the consolation finals for the 200-yard individual medley, where his time of 2:14.76 gave him 13th place.
Dean was in the championship race for the 100-yard butterfly,. His season best time of 58.23 seconds placed sixth.
Creswell and Gross both earned CIF meet consideration times in the 100-yard backstroke consolation race. Creswell’s time of 1:02.76 gave him 13th place while Gross had the 16th-place time of 1:04.10.
Creswell also reached the consolation finals in the 50-yard freestyle race and had a 12th-place time of 23.98 seconds. Ramona freshman Garrett Klem also qualified for the 50-yard freestyle consolation finals and finished 16th with a time of 25.85 seconds.
“I think it went really well,” Yturralde said of the league meet. “We got a lot of best times.”