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Exchange student setting Brawley swimming records

March 12, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN
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Sports Writer

When Brawley Union High School Norwegian exchange student Petter Malvik decided to go out for the school's swim team, he wasn't sure exactly where he'd fit in.

Coming to a country with a strong swimming tradition, Malvik wasn't sure if he would make the varsity.

Well, not only did he make the varsity, but in the team's first two meets of the season, Malvik set three school records and recorded three CIF San Diego Section postseason consideration times.

On Wednesday at Point Loma in San Diego, Malvik swam the 500-meter freestyle in 6 minutes, 9.13 seconds to set a school record and a CIF consideration time.

The previous week at Cathedral City, the 18-year-old senior set school marks in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:21.11 and the 100 backstroke in 1:03.82. Both were CIF consideration times.

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"When I first came out here, I really wasn't even sure if I'd make the varsity, so I really didn't expect to do this well," said Malvik. "Last week when I was swimming, I didn't think I was doing that well. But when I got done they told me that I set a school record and I was just really surprised."

Also against Point Loma, Malvik won the 200 freestyle in 2:18.50 and helped the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams to victories. In the 200 medley relay the team finished in 2:14.43 and in the 200 freestyle relay the team finished in 2:06.96.

"He's really worked out well for us. When I first saw him swim I knew he'd do really well," said Wildcat coach D'Ann Luckey. "He has a really strong work ethic at practice and usually gets out there and does what he needs to get done.

"At the beginning of the season he set goals to break several school records and so far he's on his way."

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