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Brawley disposes of Imperial

April 12, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High boys and girls swim teams won every event in their Imperial Valley League showdown with Imperial High on Thursday.

The Wildcat boys thumped Imperial 129-48 while the Brawley girls won 124-46. Both Wildcat teams improved to 3-0 in the IVL while both of Imperial's teams suffered their first loss in three league meets.

"In a situation like this, we're kind of competing against ourselves," Brawley coach Nancy Kellogg said. "When we do that there always is a lot of competition between our swimmers.

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"Today, instead of keeping them in the same events they're normally in, we moved them around from event to event, which keeps them primed and competitive," she continued. "I thought, overall, we did really well. We had a lot of kids get personal bests and improve their times.

"Right now what we're focusing mostly on is CIF," Kellogg added. "So everyone's working to improve their times for that."

Leading the Brawley girls with four total victories were freshman Natalia Cardenas and senior Brooke Pace.

Pace picked up individual wins in the 100-yard freestyle, timing 1 minute, 25 seconds and the 100 breaststroke, clocking 1:15.24. Cardenas won the 100 backstroke, swimming 1:12.62, and the 500 freestyle clocking 6:02.68 as she shaved 10 seconds off her previous best.

The two teamed with Denae Smith and Cardenas' sister Jennifer to win the 400 freestyle relay (4:15.34).

Pace teamed with Stephanie Luckey, Jennifer Cardenas and Lauren Roberts to win the 200 medley relay (2:07.65).

Natalia Cardenas' fourth win came in the 200 freestyle relay (1:56.81) as she teamed with Denae Smith, Tracy King and Roberts.

"Overall I was pretty happy with how I did and how the team did," said Cardenas. "I'm just going to try to get faster times for CIF and hopefully I'll get them."

King won the 200 yard individual medley (2:30.78) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:10.19).

Roberts won the 50 freestyle (27.56) and Jennifer Cardenas won the 200 freestyle (2:11.75).

Leading the Imperial girls were Erika Valle, who took second in the 100 backstroke (1:13.92) and Jessica Lovecchio, who placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:28.97).

Robbie Overstreet, Ethan Schoch and exchange student Petter Malvik all got four wins for Brawley's boys.

Schoch won the 200 individual medley (2:52.96) and the 100 breaststroke (1:14.87), Malvik won the 100 freestyle (58.62) and the 100 backstroke (1:06.56) and Overstreet took the 200 freestyle (2:08.34) and the 50 freestyle (25.46).

The three teamed with Mike Sims to win the 200 medley relay (2:02.56).

"I got four firsts today and I was really excited about that," Overstreet said. "As a team I think we did pretty good overall … we had a lot of firsts. So I was just really pleased with mine and the team's performance today."

Malvik, Overstreet and Sims teamed with Trevor Smith to win the 200 freestyle (1:47.68). Schoch got his final victory in the 400 freestyle relay (4:12.84) as he hooked up with Smith, Tim Dowden and Jeremy Schmidt.

Julian Tamayo won the 100 butterfly (1:19.36) and Henry Graham won the 500 freestyle (6:41.06).

For Imperial Ricardo de Paula took second in the 200 individual medley (2:43.58) and the 100 breaststroke (1:16.34).

Blake Seeger was second in the 50 freestyle (26.46), Frankie Martinez placed second in the 100 butterfly (1:30.18) and Tommy Dale finished second in the 100 backstroke (1:21.62).

Both teams return to action at 4 p.m. Thursday with Brawley swimming at Central Union High in El Centro and Imperial taking on Southwest at Imperial Valley College.

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