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Tigers split meet with Eagles

April 13, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

One point kept the Imperial High swim teams from being swept in their Imperial Valley League meet with Southwest High at the Central Union pool in El Centro on Thursday.

Imperial avoided the sweep as the boys squeaked out a 72-71 win despite Southwest winning six of 10 events.

Things weren't even close on the girls side as Southwest (2-2 IVL) ripped the Tigers (0-4 IVL) 100-55.

Leading the Eagles boys (1-3 IVL) in defeat was Robert Boniface with two individual wins and two relay victories.

Boniface won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.73 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 1 minute, 14.77 seconds. He teamed with Ian Snider, Jacques Rodriguez and John Moffat to take the 200 medley relay in 2:25 and hooked up with Snider, Michael Farmer and Chuck Ainza to win the 400 freestyle in 5:04.46.

"I was pretty stoked with how I did, but at the same time I was disappointed that the team lost by one point," said Boniface. "We only had seven guys out here because guys were out on vacation or were sick. I think we definitely could've won this if we had everyone here."


Picking up the other wins for Southwest was Snider in the 200 freestyle in 2:46.12 and the 100 backstroke in 1:25.91.

Earning individual wins for Imperial (3-1 IVL) were Jonathan Dale in the 200 individual medley (3:18.42), John Gordon in the 500 freestyle (7:03.91) and Tony Deen in the 100 breaststroke (1:33.16).

Gordon and Deen teamed with Anthony Flores and Tommy Dale to win the 200 freestyle relay in 2:06.63.

"I think our boys did really well," said Imperial coach Chris Fowlkes. "We were missing a few guys because of spring break, but I was real happy with how they did."

Things weren't as happy on the girls side for the Tigers, who lost by 45 points. Imperial did win six events, but because of spring break about nine girls from the squad were missing. The Eagles capitalized, racking up second and third places.

Shalynn Oliver won the 100 freestyle in 1:15.83 for Southwest, followed by teammate Marissa Pipkin in 1:23.57. Oliver also won the 50 freestyle in 32.85. Breezy Boniface was the other individual winner for the Eagles, taking the 100 butterfly in 1:33.18.

Southwest won the 200 medley relay as Stacy Willis, Lindsay Mostrong, Boniface and Oliver finished in 2:35.99.

Mostrong and Oliver teamed with Monica Arango and Sarah Piper to win the 400 freestyle relay in 5:41.73.

Said Oliver of her four wins: "We swam against them on Tuesday so I already knew what to expect. There wasn't really much competition from Imperial so I was basically trying to improve my own times."

The foursome of Piper, Arango, Pipkin and Lindsay Horn tied for the win in the 200 freestyle relay with Imperial's Heather Jackson, Jessica Lovecchio, Vanessa Morrs and Savannah Armstrong in 2:23.48.

Jackson won the 200 individual medley (3:06.52) and the 100 backstroke in 1:23.68.

Armstrong won the 200 freestyle in 2:52.50 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:33.92. Morrs rounded out the Imperial wins in the 500 freestyle in 8:54.58.

Said Southwest coach Scott Fullerton: "You have to give Imperial a lot of credit. They have some really strong individual swimmers.

"Overall, though, I was pleased with how our teams did. We still have some work to do, but I think today everyone swam hard."

Both teams return to action at 4 p.m. April 26 with Southwest traveling to Brawley and Imperial traveling to El Centro to take on Central Union.

Wildcats win twice

LA MESA — The Brawley Union High School swim team picked up two wins and a tie at a three-way meet at Grossmont High here Thursday.

The Wildcats defeated Helix, with the girls winning 129-32 and the boys winning 109-58. The Brawley girls tied Grossmont 86-86 while the boys lost to Grossmont 113-67.

"This was a really great meet," said Wildcat coach D'Ann Luckey. "The sportsmanship was wonderful and the competition was really great for our kids to have."

Lauren Roberts led the Wildcat girls. She won the 500-meter freestyle (6 minutes 9.49 seconds). Roberts teamed with Stephanie Luckey, Brooke Pace and Jennifer Cardenas to win the 200 medley relay (2:00.97) and with Denae Smith, Tracy King and Maryanne Wenzel to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:52.35).

Spencer Kellogg earned two wins for the Brawley boys, taking the 50 freestyle (24.74) and the 100 freestyle (55.08). Kellogg teamed with Robbie Overstreet, Mark McConnell and Danny Simms to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.08).

The Wildcats (9-0-1 girls, 7-3 boys) return to action at 3:15 p.m. April 26 at home against Southwest.

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