Wildcats open with win

March 01, 2001|By JON HINSHAW, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — It was as if the Brawley Union High School swim team never came out of the pool after last year's big season.

Both Wildcat swimming squads picked up where they left off by downing Cathedral City here Wednesday in the season opener. Brawley's boys won 98-64 while the Wildcat girls edged out an 89-81 victory.

"We did very well. A lot of our swimmers are swimming here at the beginning like they did at the end of last year," Brawley coach D'Ann Luckey said. "Now that we're in the San Diego Section we have a lot of anticipation of filling a full CIF squad and we swam like it today."

Brawley also qualified two relay teams and one individual for the post-season. Brooke Pace garnered one slot with a time of 1 minute, 14.49 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke and nabbed another when she teamed with Jennifer Cardenas, Marianne Wenzel and Tracy King in the 400 freestyle relay in a qualifying time 4:10.89.


Wenzel and King were part of the 200 freestyle relay squad with Denae Smith and Lauren Roberts that qualified for postseason with a 1:54.58.

The girls meet was close throughout. King led the Wildcats with three wins. In addition the two winning relay teams, King won the 200 freestyle in 2:20.38 and took third in the 100 butterfly in 1:11.93.

Other than Pace and King, Stephanie Luckey was the only other Brawley swimmer to take a first with a 6:25.33 in the 500 freestyle.

The Lions took the top slots in six of 11 events, but the Wildcats hauled in 13 of the 22 second and third places. Ashley Hunhoff took part in three of Cathedral's City's wins. Hunhoff teamed for a win in the 200 medley and captured both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle individually, beating her opponents by 3 and 5 seconds, respectively.

"I don't think we were very optimistic about this meet coming in," said Pace, referring to Cathedral City's perennially tough squads. "After this win, however, we realize we are a lot better than we thought. Now we have to improve on that and we're going to have a hard week of practice."

In boys action, Robert Overstreet led the Wildcats to victory with firsts in two individual events, the 200 individual medley (2:37.52) and the 100 breaststroke (1:18.28), and teamed with Mark McConnell, Danny Sims and Spencer Kellogg to take the 200 medley relay in 2:01.06.

Kellogg captured a victory in the 50 freestyle (24.83) and Brawley's Jeremy Schmidt won 100 butterfly (1:23.73).

The Wildcat boys also finished one back in overall victories but used depth for the overall win. The Brawley boys dominated the second and third slots, capturing 16 of the combined 22 places.

"We have more boys on the team this year than we ever had," said Luckey. "We have a good core of swimmers, but with this many out we have a lot of depth. That depth will help us collect some more wins."

Brawley travels to Palm Desert for a meet at 3:15 p.m. March 12.

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