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May 6, 2009 > Swim sensation satisfied at Ohlone

Swim sensation satisfied at Ohlone

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Swimming ace Nick Ramandi has been brilliant for the Ohlone men's swim team this season. The lean freshman led his team to a Coast Conference Championship this April and a top 10 individual placing at the California Community College State Swimming Championships.

"I actually wanted to win conference more than making state," said Ramandi. "I like doing that more because I was part of the team. I really enjoyed the team aspect."

The record-setting Ramandi has participated in swimming long before he slipped into an Ohlone Renegades swim cap. He began swimming at the tender age of 6. But, it was not until the sleek swimmer met Ohlone Coach Gene Kendall when he began to flourish.

"Gene really helped me. He was like the perfect coach," explained Ramandi. "He taught me about how to raise my level of commitment and how to compete in swimming."

Ramandi's hard work and Kendall's tutelage allowed the Fremont native and Mission San Jose grad to attain some of his accomplishments.

"My swim coach in high school also helped me a lot," commented Ramandi. "He said if I put in the effort I was going to reach my goals."

Reaching goals is something Ramandi and his fellow Renegades have done this season. Particularly, Ramandi has made the transition from competitive high school and club competition to the state championships, where he placed 10th in the 200IM.

"I attribute the way I performed at state to the chocolate milkshake I had at lunch during the state championships," said Ramandi.

Ramandi cut an amazing 13 seconds off his state trials time to finals after he had a milkshake for lunch. The milkshake is not part of Ramandi's pre-meet routine. But he felt that it helped him and he will factor it in.

Generally, Ramandi's pre-meet regimen consists of visualization, music and patience. The focused freshman has his eyes set on his academics and helping his team with another Coast Conference Championship next year.

"Next year is going to be fun," said Ramandi. "I'm real excited for our 800 relay team."

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