By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School girls and boys swim coach Jolyn Yanez sees the Bulldogs’ losses to San Marcos as beneficial to her teams.
“I’m actually thankful to have this meet at this time of the season because it forces the kids to focus on swimming fast,” Yanez said. “I think it’s very worthwhile.”
The March 20 non-league meet was held at Ramona High. Non-league results have no effect on a team’s championship position. The major impacts of a non-league meet are that times can be used for CIF qualifying and seeding purposes and that coaches can assess their swimmers for future improvement.
San Marcos won the girls meet by a score of 101-69 and the boys meet by a 107-63 margin.
“San Marcos made a really strong showing,” Yanez said. “San Marcos definitely brought their ‘A’ game.”
San Marcos also brought two Parmenter siblings.
“There’s one on the boys varsity who gave Carlo (Silva) a run for his money in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley,” said Yanez.
Joshua Parmenter, a sophomore, defeated 2013 Valley League champion and current Ramona senior Carlo Silva in the 100-yard breaststroke. Silva’s time of 1:02.05 placed second but upgraded his automatic qualifying time for the CIF meet. Silva placed third in the 200-yard individual medley, behind Parmenter and San Marcos senior Chase Ladman.
Jessica Parmenter, a San Marcos senior, won the girls 200-yard individual medley and the girls 100-yard breaststroke. The Ramona girls who finished second in those events improved their CIF consideration times. Ashlee Holabird finished the 200-yard individual medley in 2:30.99 while Paulina Bernd completed the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.07.
Holabird had the only individual win for the Ramona girls, and her 100-yard butterfly time of 1:04.87 also improved her consideration mark. Ramona’s other girls win was in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Jocelyn Schwegler, Julia Johnson, Holabird, and Bernd improved Ramona’s consideration time in that event to 4:04.29.
The Bulldog girls also obtained a consideration time in the 200-yard medley relay despite their second-place finish. Katie Szakara, Daniella Talento, Yuliana Olea-Lopez, and Johnson posted a time of 2:12.37.
Ramona’s boys had three first-place finishes against the Knights: two by Garrett Glaudini in individual events and one in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Glaudini’s first 100-yard butterfly competition of the year produced an automatic qualifying time of 54.88 seconds while he improved his automatic qualifying time in the 100-yard backstroke to 57.31 seconds. Silva, Ethan Blackburn, Spencer Schwegler, and Glaudini won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:34.54.
Although the two San Marcos 200-yard freestyle relay teams took first and second in that race, the Ramona team of Jacob Powers, Connor Close, Trevor White, and Blackburn improved the Bulldogs’ consideration time in that event by finishing in 1:44.72.
“They swam hard,” Yanez said of her swimmers.
The Bulldogs’ final meet prior to the start of the Valley League season will take place Friday afternoon against Mission Hills at the Palomar College pool.