Valley League swim competition for Ramona High School opened with a home meet against Escondido High School Friday, when the Cougar boys prevailed by a 99-87 score and the girls won by a 100-63 margin.
Escondido is new to the Valley League, which also includes defending boys champion Fallbrook and 2016 first-place girls finisher Classical Academy.
“It’s a heavy-hitting league this year, so that’s good,” said Ramona coach Jolyn Yanez.
If only one school in a dual meet has a diver, the diving is not included in the team points, although individual divers may be scored for CIF purposes. That included Ramona’s girls in the March 17 home meet against Army-Navy Academy, an all-boys school.
Shannon Reiling achieved a CIF meet qualifying score of 191.20 points on six dives, Jessica Gallegos had a consideration score of 150.55 points, and Kelsey Sherman achieved a consideration score of 149.65 points.
Escondido also does not have a female diver. Gallegos led Ramona’s girls with 144.50 points March 24 and Reiling scored 134.15 points.
Ramona’s boys took first, second, and fifth against Escondido, with Cooper Smith accumulating a consideration score of 166.00 points, Dylan Webb totaling 137.00 points, and Matt Wallace scoring 98.15 on his second-ever varsity dive.
“The boys did a nice job on the diving. They pulled in 11 points,” Yanez said.
Although Ramona outscored Escondido, 11-6, in diving, the Cougars took first and second place in the 200-yard freestyle relay to outscore Ramona 12-2 in that event.
“The 200 freestyle relay was a killer,” Yanez said.
Including the diving, Ramona’s boys took first place in eight of the 12 events against Escondido. Dawson Webster posted an automatic qualifying time of 50.19 seconds in winning the 100-yard freestyle and also won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.55.
Trevor White won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.53 and the 500-yard freestyle with a consideration…