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Stiff competition no problem for Kellogg

May 15, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

All season Brawley Union High School swimmer Spencer Kellogg has played second fiddle to just about everyone.

Throughout the year the Wildcat boys swim team was overshadowed by the girls squad and Kellogg took a back seat in the 50-meter freestyle to Southwest High's Robert Boniface, who defeated Kellogg earlier this year by 1/100th of a second. Boniface was narrowly victorious but victorious nonetheless.

So with everything on the line in one of the biggest meets of the year, the Imperial Valley League finals Thursday, Kellogg put together one of his best performances of his career and took home four gold medals, including a victory over Boniface in the 50.

Kellogg won in 24.10 seconds, edging Boniface, who finished in 24.21. Kellogg's time in the 50 was not only a personal record but was a school mark.

"Robert's probably the best competition I've faced all year. He's definitely the fastest in the Valley," said the 18-year-old senior. "So going into that meet I knew I had to go all out if I wanted to do well, especially in the 50. My adrenaline was pumping and I just gave it my all."


Kellogg also was victorious in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 57.20. He teamed with Mark McConnell, Robbie Overstreet and Danny Sims to win the 200 medley relay in 1:59.72. The foursome also was victorious in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:54.24.

"I was really happy with my performances. I think I did really well considering I've only competed in two meets since spring break," said Kellogg, who was sidelined for three and a half weeks after neck surgery to relieve a swollen lymph gland.

Said Wildcat coach D'Ann Luckey: "We knew that race against Robert would be a tough race. But I think more than anything it came down to being a mental race … and he was just more mentally prepared for it.

"He's been very determined to do well. And I think what he did at IVLs was one of his better performances. That was probably his peak performance of the year."

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