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Wildcat swimmers continue roll

April 11, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High School boys and girls swim teams pummeled Central Union High to both improve to 4-0 in the Imperial Valley League after a meet at the Lions Center here Tuesday.

The Brawley boys had little trouble with Central, hammering the Spartans 105-58, while the girls shredded Central 129-39.

"Overall I think we did very good. I'm really happy with how the teams have been swimming," said Brawley coach D'Ann Luckey. "We had a couple of bad breaks on the boys side, but those things we need to work on. We just need to keep pushing."

While the Wildcat boys made a few mistakes, the Brawley girls won every event and set school records in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

Leading the Brawley barrage was Jennifer Cardenas, who set a school mark in the 200 freestyle in 2 minutes, 12.09 seconds. She won the 100 butterfly in 1:08.04 and teamed with Stephanie Luckey, Brooke Pace and Lauren Roberts to win the 200 medley relay in 2:05.44. Cardenas teamed to win the 400 freestyle relay in 4:10.96 with Tracy King, Marianne Wenzel and Pace.


"I was pretty happy with what I did overall and that I set the record. I was surprised that I even set it," said Cardenas, who also holds school records in the 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. "I really didn't want to swim the 200 free because I'm not that great at it. But I just went out there and did it."

Setting the other school record was Luckey, taking the 100 backstroke in 1:10.09. Luckey won the 500 freestyle in 6:10.65.

Also picking up multiple victories for Brawley were Pace in the 100 freestyle (58.94) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.59) and Denae Smith in the 200 individual medley (2:33.77) and 200 freestyle relay (1:54.15) with Roberts, King and Wenzel.

Wenzel won the 50 freestyle in 28.15.

While Brawley's boys dominated Central, the Spartans' Fabian Amparano picked up three wins.

Amparano won the 200 individual medley (2:24.48), the 100 breaststroke (1:11.34) and the 400 freestyle relay (4:24.65), teaming with David Torres, Josh Kramer and Cesar Garcia.

Central's other win came in the 200 freestyle relay as Frankie Esquer, Raul Gomez, Marcos Navarro and David Torres took it in 2:06.33.

Leading the Wildcats was Spencer Kellogg, winning in the 50 freestyle (25.03), 100 freestyle (1:00.48) and 200 medley relay (2:03.53) with teammates Mark McConnell, Jeremy Schmidt and Robbie Overstreet.

Also victorious for Brawley were Overstreet in the 200 freestyle (2:11.42), Schmidt in the 100 butterfly (1:18.21), McConnell in the 100 backstroke (1:11.03) and Troy Hutchinson in the 500 freestyle in 7:02.28.

Said Central coach Gaylynn Kramer: "I think both of our teams are improving tremendously. We have a lot of new swimmers and I was happy with how all of them did."

Both teams return to action Thursday with Brawley traveling to La Mesa to take on Grossmont and Central hosting Imperial.

Imperial and Southwest split

IMPERIAL — Southwest and Imperial high schools split their Imperial Valley League meet at Imperial Valley College here Tuesday.

The Southwest girls defeated Imperial 92-71 and the Tiger boys slipped past the Eagles 72-61.

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