Marcus Ramirez went to Fresno to swim in the Western Zone Summer Championship meet held at Clovis North High School. This is a senior-level meet which includes high school, college and post graduate athletes from throughout California and Nevada. He qualified for three events in the final two days of the meet. He surpassed his best time in the 50 free from a week before by one hundredth of a second in spite of a few flaws in the race. His time was 26.06. This was his first race at this level. He swam very well. In the 400 free he beat his time from trials the week before but wasn’t able to improve on his final time, which had broken the old Ukiah Dolphin team record in the event. He swam a 4:37.04 in that race.

He saved his best race for last in doing a 1:02.44 in the 100 butterfly, which is a new team record. This meet was held in a 50 meter pool in a two-pool complex at Clovis North High School. It is a brand new, beautiful facility. Ramirez does not get to train in a long course pool, but is still able to excel.

Marcus and his teammates are preparing to swim in the Redwood Empire Aquatic League, (REAL) championship meet beginning on August 7 and running through the August 9. This meet is to be held at Ukiah High School.