By Joe Naiman
Valley League swim coaches unanimously selected Ramona High School junior Garrett Glaudini as the league’s boys swimmer of the year.
“It was really exciting,” said Ramona coach Jolyn Yanez.
Glaudini won two individual events at the league meet May 10 at Del Norte High School and was also on one winning relay team and a second-place relay team.
“He was the only dual winner, so that kind of led to the unanimous vote,” Yanez said.
Glaudini won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:54.98, which broke both his own 2012 school record of 1:58.48 and the Valley League meet record of 1:59.50 set in 2010 by Westview’s Anton Razanav. Glaudini’s winning time of 53.79 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke broke Alan Williams’ 2011 school record of 54.69 seconds while narrowly missing the meet record of 53.44 seconds.
“He really had the records, the league records, in mind, and he accomplished half his goal,” Yanez said.
Valley Center’s Makayla Markey was the Valley League girls swimmer of the year, although Ramona senior Gina Lucas received votes.
“It would have been nice to have gotten her that recognition,” Yanez said of Lucas.
Lucas won two individual races at the league meet with times of 2:10.91 in the 200-yard individual medley and 1:08.97 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Lucas was on Ramona relay teams that placed second and third.
“It was a partial victory,” Yanez said of Glaudini but not Lucas earning league swimmer of the year honors.
The first-team and second-team all-league honors are automatic, based on finishes at the league meet. Glaudini was first-team Valley League in the individual medley and the backstroke, while Lucas was first-team in the individual medley and breaststroke. Ramona junior Carlo Silva, whose 100-yard breaststroke time of 59.09 seconds also set both a school and a league meet record, was also part of the Valley League’s first team. Glaudini, Silva, freshman Brandon Powell, and sophomore Cory Davison won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:41.68 to earn first-team honors in that event. Junior Ashlee Holabird won the girls 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.54 and was also rewarded with Valley League first-team recognition.
Ramona’s girls took both first place and second place in the breaststroke, giving junior Paulina Bernd second-team honors.
Powell received second-team Valley League honors in the boys 100-yard butterfly. Powell, Silva, Matteo Franchello, and Glaudini comprised the boys 400-yard freestyle relay team whose time of 3:27.25 gave the quartet second-team honors in that event.
Ramona’s girls 400-yard freestyle squad of Bernd, sophomore Kaylin vanTol, junior Jocelyn Schwegler, and Lucas earned second-team distinction in that event for their 3:54.11 performance. Schwegler, Bernd, Holabird, and junior Logan Johnson swam the 200-yard medley relay in 2:03.43 which was worth second-team accolades. Schwegler was also the second-team selection in the 100-yard backstroke, which took her 1:08.96 at the league meet.
“All in all it was a successful season,” Yanez said.