By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s girls swim team completed its non-league dual meets for 2013 with a March 19 home win over Mission Hills and a March 22 home loss to San Marcos.
The Bulldogs prevailed over Mission Hills by a 97-70 score while losing to the Knights by a 90-79 margin.
Ramona took first-place points in eight of the 11 events against Mission Hills.
“It was a successful day for the girls,” said coach Jolyn Yanez.
Each school is allowed to enter up to three swimmers in each of the eight individual events, and scoring points are given to the top five finishers. Ramona swept the top three positions in the 500-yard freestyle race with Gina Lucas taking 5:30.48, Josie Ward swimming 20 laps in 6:33.43, and Brianna Campbell completing the race in 6:44.88. Lucas’ time is an automatic qualifying time for the CIF meet.
All three relay races were won by Ramona quartets. The 200-yard medley relay team of Jocelyn Schwegler, Cassie Bernas, Kaylin Van Tol, and Jessie Gilbert posted a consideration time of 2:10.57. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Ashlee Holabird, Logan Johnson, Paulina Bernd, and Lucas lowered Ramona’s consideration time in that event to 1:51.85. Ramona previously posted an automatic qualifying time in the 400-yard freestyle race; the 4:06.13 against Mission Hills was in the consideration range and was obtained by Bernd, Johnson, Schwegler, and Lucas.
Lucas also won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.30, which is a consideration time. Schwegler’s winning time of 1:10.15 in the 100-yard backstroke is also a consideration mark. Bernas won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.91. Bernd’s time of 1:18.03 won the 100-yard breaststroke.
The Bulldogs won five races against San Marcos.
“They swam really tight races. It just was a matter of being touched out here and there,” Yanez said.
Ramona was successful in one of the three relay races against the Knights. Holabird, Johnson, Bernas, and Lucas had a time of 1:59.16 in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
A swimmer may compete in up to two individual events and up to two relay events in each meet. A swimmer who qualifies for the CIF meet in more than two events is limited to two events, and Lucas gave Yanez additional options against San Marcos. Lucas won the 200-yard individual medley with an automatic qualifying time of 2:13.40 while winning the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.35, which is an automatic time.
Bernd won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.87 seconds. Schwegler won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:11.16.
The results gave Ramona a 2-3 overall season record. Because the Valley League schools have different Spring Break schedules, the Bulldogs’ next meet will be on April 19 against Escondido Charter.