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AOW: Change in events no problem for Roberts

April 10, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

At the beginning of the high school swimming season, Brawley Union High School's Lauren Roberts was set to contribute as a sprinter, and early on she did.

Then her skills were needed in the longer-distance events, so she made the change from the 50 and 100 meter freestyle to the 200 and 500 freestyle to go with competing in the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.

For many the change from short to long distances would be difficult, but Roberts made the transition smoothly and has become one of the cornerstones on the undefeated Brawley girls squad.

In the Wildcat girls 121-50 thrashing of Imperial High on Thursday, Roberts picked up four wins: in the 200 in 2 minutes, 14.81 seconds, the 500 in 6:05.58, the 200 freestyle relay in 1:52.86 and the 200 medley relay in 2:07.10.


"I was never really a long-distance swimmer. So at first I didn't know how to do them," said the 16-year-old junior. "So I had to work at it at first and put more time in during practice."

The work Roberts put in has already paid dividends, as recent times were good enough for CIF San Diego Section postseason consideration.

"At first I really didn't think I'd be as successful as I've been. I just did it as a change," said Roberts. "But there's always room for improvement."

Roberts will need to improve some of her times if she wants to qualify for CIF. Her consideration times do not guarantee her a spot in the postseason, which means she will need to continue to work to lower her times.

Wildcat coach D'Ann Luckey thinks Roberts has the tools to qualify for CIF.

"Lauren is a very talented swimmer with good mechanics," said Luckey. "I'm not surprised at all with how she's done."

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