With the high school spring sports season just starting, it's hard to imagine any team is thinking about the postseason.
But for the Brawley Union High girls swim team, the CIF San Diego Section postseason has already become a reality.
With their 89-81 win over Cathedral City on Wednesday, the Wildcats qualified for three events in the postseason.
Leading Brawley was 16-year-old junior Brooke Pace, who last year was arguably the best high school swimmer in the Imperial Valley.
Pace qualified for the postseason in the latter stages of the regular season last year. But this year, fresh off a successful basketball campaign — and not in full swimming shape — Pace kicked off the season with postseason qualifying times in the 100-yard breaststroke, 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.
"It was kind of exciting and kind of strange," Pace said. "I didn't think I'd qualify for CIF in the first meet. I just went out there and all of a sudden I qualified. I wasn't expecting to qualify this soon."