July 23, 2009
Marcus Ramirez competed during three of the four days of the Pacific Swimming Junior Olympic meet at the long-course swim center in Concord. Swimming primarily to increase the number of events in which he is qualified in a few upcoming meets, he improved his time in every swim. Marcus has had little opportunity to compete in a long course, 50 meter, pool, so this was a meet he couldn’t afford to miss.
On Friday, he began with the 200 freestyle. He improved his time to do a 2:09.63. Then he swam the 100 butterfly race. He improved his time to 1:03.25, which is a 1.5 second improvement. He already was qualified for the senior sectional meet and far westerns, but this put him in a better position to make the Pacific Swimming all-star team headed for the North American Challenge Cup or the one going to the Western Zone meet in Hawaii.
On Saturday he swam the 50 free in 26.07, which gives him another event to swim at the senior sectional meet in Fresno. He then swam the 800 free in an outstanding Far Western and of 9:38.61. He swam a very smart race in which his times for the first and second 400 were almost identical. He placed sixth, among the many of the best distance swimmers in Pacific Swimming.
On Sunday, he swam three events beginning with the 400 free. He improved his time by about nine seconds in the morning, qualifying him to swim again in finals in the evening. In the finals he swam the first half of the race at a pace almost identical to what he did in the morning. He swam the third 100 two seconds faster than in the morning and the final 100 three seconds faster than in the earlier swim. This came out as a perfectly even race placing him sixth over all and qualifying for another event in the Sectional meet by swimming a 4:31.68. Next came the 100 back where he improved his time to 1:10.09 and the 200 IM where he improved to a 2:28.65.
Marcus will swim this week in Fresno at the Pacific Swimming Senior Sectional meet, then will skip Far Westerns. He hopes that he will make one of the Pacific Swimming All-Star teams that will swim for six days during the following week. He will probably not make it home in time to compete in the REAL: (Redwood Empire Aquatic League) Championship meet to be held August 7-9 in Ukiah.