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Wildcat lowers personal best marks in pool

April 09, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

Heading into Thursday's tri-meet at Grossmont High, Brawley Union High's swim team knew it would be tough to pull out victory.

Because the meet was during spring break, Brawley did not field a full team.

"We had only 13 girls swim," coach D'Ann Luckey said, whereas more than 20 compete normally.

Instead of going into the meet looking to win as a team, the Wildcats eyed individual successes.

"We didn't win even one event," Luckey said.

The Wildcats still did well, particularly Brooke Pace.

"Brooke had an exceptional meet," Luckey said.

"I was hoping to lower my times in both (the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard freestyle)," Pace said. "I did that."

She also swam on two relay teams, including the 200-yard free relay, which set a school record, clocking 1 minute, 51.16 seconds. Pace swam the leadoff leg.


"I like swimming first," she said. "There's less pressure than if I'm swimming last."

While she continues to lower her times, Pace said she still has a bit to go to reach the goals she set for herself this season.

"I want to swim 1:11 in the 100 breast," she said.

Last year she swam 1:12 and this season she recorded a 1:13 at the Grossmont meet.

Pace also wants to swim the 100 free in 57 seconds. She went 58 last year and recorded 59.23 last week at Grossmont.

Her best time in the 100 breast is a CIF qualifying time, meaning it is fast enough to qualify her for the CIF San Diego Section meet. Her best 100 free time is a CIF consideration time.

Pace, 17, and the daughter of Patrick and Kathryn Pace, is a senior at Brawley High and active in both sports and student government. She is the Associated Student Body president and competes in volleyball, basketball and swimming.

Pace hinted she likes basketball better than swimming.

"There is less pressure in basketball because it's not an individual sport," she said, although she added she enjoys swimming because it challenges her.

After graduating from Brawley High, Pace plans to attend Brigham Young University.

"My major keeps changing every day," she said, noting she has thoughts of being a teacher or a doctor as well as other professions.

Pace added she has no plans to play sports in college.

"But that could change, too."

She really isn't thinking about college, though. Rather, she is eyeing an Imperial Valley League title and a solid showing at CIF.

"I think we have an excellent shot," she said of the league championship.

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