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Brawley sinks Southwest

March 29, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — With spring break next week, the Brawley Union and Southwest high swim teams got in an Imperial Valley League meet here Thursday, with the Brawley boys and girls both wining.

The Wildcat girls (6-0 overall, 2-0 IVL) cruised past the Eagles (2-4, 0-2) 134-36 while the Brawley boys (4-1-1, 2-0) downed Southwest (2-4, 0-2) 96-35.

With two squads made up mostly of underclassmen, Southwest coach Scott Fullerton knew his teams would be in an uphill battle.

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"Right now we're pretty young. Knowing that Brawley has two really good teams, I just wanted our teams to come in and give a good effort," said Fullerton. "And I was real pleased with the effort our kids gave. We still have a lot to learn, so I think today was more about just trying to find out where we're at right now."

The Eagles' lone victory came in the boys 500-yard freestyle as John Moffatt won in 6:08.09.

Leading the Brawley girls was Brooke Pace, who took four firsts, including individual wins in the 100-yard freestyle in 59.21 seconds and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 14.79 seconds. She teamed with Stephanie Luckey, Jennifer Cardenas and Lauren Roberts to win the 200-yard medley in 2:07.21 and hooked up with Tracy King, Denae Smith and Roberts to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.

"I was real happy with today. This was our last meet before spring break and I think as a team, we're doing pretty good right now," said Pace. "But for me, I always want to keep improving. I still want to take off about two seconds on the breaststroke and just keep getting better and improving all my times."

Also picking up individual wins for the Brawley girls were Natalia Cardenas in the 100-yard butterfly (1:07.17) and the 500-yard freestyle (6:06.87) her sister Jennifer Cardenas in the 200-yard individual medley (2:31.26), Tracy King in the 200-yard freestyle (2:16.06), Lauren Roberts in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.62 seconds and Stephanie Luckey in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.33.

Smith, King and the Cardenas sisters teamed to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:11.38.

"I feel like I could've done a lot better than what I did, but I tried hard out there," said Smith, who took second in the 100 butterfly in 1:10.40 and placed third in the 50 freestyle in 28.62. "I probably could've done a little better in the butterfly, but I thought we had some really good times in the relays."

On the boys side, Robbie Overstreet, Ethan Schoch and Trevor Smith all finished with two individual victories for Brawley and were members of two winning relay teams.

Overstreet won the 50 freestyle in 25.19 and the 100 freestyle in 59.20 and teamed with Mike Sims, Schoch and Trevor Smith to win the 200 medley relay. Overstreet and Smith combined with Jared Stodelle and Troy Hutchinson to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:57.46.

Individually, Smith was victorious in the 100 butterfly in 1:20.28 and 100 backstroke in 1:30.11. Schoch won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke and hooked up with Henry Graham, Stodelle and Sims to take the 400 freestyle relay in 4:45.33.

Hutchinson picked up the team's other individual victory, winning the 200 freestyle in 2:35.05.

Said Brawley coach D'Ann Luckey: "Things are really progressing. Times are improving and everyone's getting better. We have a lot of strength and a lot of depth, which makes my job easier, but also a little tough trying to decide who to put where. But I'd say that right now, we're in a pretty good spot as a team."

The Wildcats will swim at Grossmont in La Mesa at 3 p.m. Thursday while the Eagles will next swim at Central Union High in El Centro at 4 p.m. April 11.

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