By Joe Naiman
In Ramona High swim competition, the boys team achieved a 4-1 record in duel meets while the girls finished with a 3-2 mark. A combination of dual meet records and team positions at the league meet will determine the final league standings.
The league meet will take place at Del Norte with preliminary heats Thursday and finals on Saturday.
In a high school swim meet a perfect score for a team would be 140 points. The boys opened Valley League swim competition by exceeding 110 points in each of their first three meets but then edged Classical Academy by an 86-84 margin May 1 and lost a May 10 meet at Del Norte by a 113-57 score.
The Bulldog girls, who had at least 105 points in two of their first three league meets and 95 points in the other, were on the short end of the 98-69 result against Classical Academy and lost 120-50 to Del Norte.
Ramona’s boys won first-place points in five of the 11 events against Classical Academy. Garrett Glaudini posted CIF meet automatic qualifying times while winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.40 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:50.10. Carlo Silva won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.30 seconds and the 100-yard backstroke 1:02.30 after the starter’s gun was fired. Cory Davison had a first-place time of 23.30 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle and his time of 59.00 seconds gave him second place in the 100-yard butterfly, which improved his CIF meet consideration time.
The Caimans took first place in all 11 events against Ramona’s girls.
“They definitely are on the move,” Yanez said in reference to the Classical Academy swim program improvements.
Granite Hills High School’s pool will host the CIF meet next week, and the El Cajon facility was also the site of the May 3 Ironman Relays which features events not contested in dual meets.
Ramona finished 11th overall among the 20 participating schools. Because the meet has two co-ed divisions the overall results are for both boys and girls. The Bulldogs placed second in the Two Man division, fifth in the Two Maiden and the Iron Man divisions, seventh in the Four Man competition, eighth in the Co-Ed Ironman class, 11th in the Four Maiden races, 17th in the Iron Maiden class, and 18th in the Co-Ed Four division.
The Two Man success included Davison and Silva winning the 100-yard backstroke in 58.40 seconds, and Davison and Glaudini taking second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.37 seconds. Luca Pasqualini and Glaudini won the Iron Man division’s 200-yard freestyle relay with a 1:36.25 performance. Silva, Vincent Talento, Pasqualini and Glaudini finished first in the Four Man wild card race in 2:14.47. The girls wild card team of Ashlee Holabird, Logan Johnson, Jocelyn Schwegler and Paulina Bernd — who are also Ramona’s only four female seniors — placed third in their race at 2:42.42 for the Bulldogs’ best girls finish.
Del Norte’s girls won all 11 races against the Bulldogs.
“It was definitely a struggle coming in,” Yanez said.
Yanez noted that some personal best times dropped significantly at the meet against the Nighthawks.
“The kids went fast. They worked hard,” she said.
The level of competition on the boys side was illustrated by fourth-place and fifth-place finishers improving CIF consideration times. Glaudini won two individual events, posting automatic qualifying times of 53.80 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly and 55.80 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. The fifth-place finisher in the backstroke race was Ramona’s Spencer Schwegler, whose time of 1:04.84 improved his consideration time. Silva was Ramona’s other individual winner, completing the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.47.
Glaudini, Silva, Talento, and Davison gave Ramona the win in the 200-yard medley relay 1:43.69 after the race began. Although Del Norte had the top three 500-yard freestyle finishes, Pasqualini’s fourth-place time of 5:18.42 improved his consideration status.