By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School juniors Garrett Glaudini and Carlo Silva not only won events at the Valley League swim meet finals May 10 at Del Norte High School but also set school and meet records.
Glaudini set a school and meet record by winning the 200-yard individual medley in 1:54.98. Silva’s 100-yard breaststroke time of 59.09 seconds made him both the first Ramona swimmer and the first Valley League meet racer to complete that event in under a minute. Glaudini added a league meet win in the 100-yard backstroke, in which his time of 53.79 seconds broke the school record. Glaudini and Silva were also part of Ramona’s winning 200-yard medley relay team.
Other than the March 23 Mission Viejo Invitational in which he placed third in both the 200-yard freestyle race and the 500-yard freestyle event, Glaudini had not lost an individual race this year until the May 8 preliminaries. A cold the night of May 6 had not subsided by the time of the preliminary heats.
“Wednesday he was pretty sick. He was just trying to get through the day,” said coach Jolyn Yanez.
In the preliminaries Glaudini posted second-place times of 2:04.68 in the individual medley and 57.06 seconds in the backstroke.
By Friday’s finals Glaudini had recovered from his cold.
“He’s quite competitive,” Yanez said.
In the individual medley Glaudini shattered both his 2012 school record of 1:58.48 and the meet record of 1:59.50 set in 2010 by Westview’s Anton Razanav.
“It was a substantial swim, absolutely,” Yanez said.
Silva was third in the individual medley with a finals time of 2:05.79.
Glaudini’s finals time in the backstroke missed the meet record of 53.44 seconds but was better than the previous school record of 54.69 seconds set by Alan Williams in 2011.
“He was chasing the meet record. He didn’t quite get it,” Yanez said.
At the beginning of the 2013 season the Ramona High School team record for the 100-yard breaststroke was John Higginson’s 2006 time of 1:02.24 and the Valley League meet record of 1:01.16 was set by Mt. Carmel’s Judge Lee in 2010. Silva first broke the school record March 22 with a time of 1:01.54 in a non-league dual meet against San Marcos. He lowered that record to 1:01.52 in Ramona’s May 2 dual meet against Del Norte.
Silva missed the school record in the preliminaries, although his time of 1:02.05 was still the fastest in that event, before lowering the school record for the third time this year in the finals while taking more than a second off the meet record.
“He had been preparing for that one for a long time,” Yanez said.
Glaudini, Silva, Brandon Powell, and Cory Davison won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:41.68. Their preliminaries time of 1:45.22 was also that day’s fastest.
Ramona’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Powell, Silva, Matteo Franchello, and Glaudini finished second at 3:27.25. Powell added a second-place finish in an individual race, completing the 100-yard butterfly in 55.35 seconds, and he also had a fourth-place time of 1:56.96 in the 200-yard freestyle.
Ramona had one relay team and two individual fifth-place finishes at the league finals. Isaac Gross, Franchello, Quintin LaRosa, and Davison swam the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:41.14. Davison swam the 100-yard freestyle race in 53.56 seconds while Spencer Schwegler finished the 500-yard freestyle in 5:30.94.
Franchello posted Ramona’s best finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a ninth-place time of 24.15 seconds.
Those Bulldog who have fast enough times in Wednesday’s CIF Division II preliminaries will conclude their season Saturday morning at the CIF finals at Granite Hills High School.