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Imperial swims to victory

April 19, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

Coming off their first loss of the year, the Imperial High boys and girls swim teams got back on the winning track against Southwest High in Imperial Valley League action at Imperial Valley College on Thursday.

The Imperial boys made quick work of Southwest, winning 80-31. The Tiger girls had a tougher time, winning 96-76. The wins improved the Tigers' IVLmarks to 3-1 overall.

"Everyone did very well today. I was quite happy with everyone's performance," said Imperial coach Chris Fowlkes. "We have a very young team, but with every meet they're getting a little older and getting more experience.

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"They've been practicing really hard and (assistant coach) Heather Jackson has done a great job working with them," said Fowlkes. "Right now I still do think there are some things we need to work on, like our starts and turns. And I'd like to see some CIF times. We're getting better and I think we can still get faster in the water."

Proving that speed was no problem on the boys side were Tommy Dale and Tony Deen, who carried the Tiger boys with four wins each.

Dale won the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:20.06. Deen won the 100-yard butterfly (1:21.12) and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:19.66.

The two teamed with Ricky De Paula and Blake Seeger to win the 200-yard medley relay in 2:05.34. Dale, Deen and Seeger hooked up with Mike Thomas to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:51.53.

"Today I saw everyone trying their hardest and working really hard," said Dale. "We have a lot of new swimmers out here and so far I've been really impressed by them and just everyone on the team."

Also earning individual wins for Imperial were De Paula in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:42.48 and Seeger in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:03.25.

If there was one aspect of the girls meet that could be viewed as the determining factor it would be the relay events, as Imperial outscored Southwest 28-14.

Leading the Tiger girls in the relays were Diana Verdugo, Jessica Lovecchio, Stephanie Brock and Erika Valle, who all had two relay victories. The four teamed to win the 200 medley relay in 2:16.16. Verdugo, Brock and Valle then teamed with Eileen Verdugo to win the 200 freestyle relay in 2:00.78.

Lovecchio hooked up with Erika Fisher, Julie Crothers and Vanessa Marrs to win the 400 freestyle relay in 4:59.29.

"We had some of our best times today. Whenever we go out, improving our times is what we try to do," said Brock.

Marrs won the 200 freestyle medley (2:36.91), Valle was first in the 50 freestyle in 28.66 and Stephanie Bush won the 100 freestyle in 1:33.20.

Despite losing the team competition, the Eagle girls had five firsts.

Leading Southwest was Marissa Horn winning the 200 individual medley in 2:56.22 and the 500 freestyle in 7:06.42. Also winning for the Eagles were Breezy Boniface in the 100 butterfly (1:19.06), Stacey Wills in the 100 backstroke in 1:24.13 and Lindsey Mostrong in the 100 breaststroke in 1:25.41.

Both teams compete at 4 p.m. Thursday, with Imperial hosting Central Union High and Southwest hosting Brawley Union High.

Girls

Brawley 126, Central 44

Boys

Brawley 105, Central 57

The Brawley Union High boys and girls swim teams had little trouble getting past Central Union High in Imperial Valley League action in El Centro on Thursday. Both Brawley teams improved to 4-0 in league.

The Brawley girls dominated Central 126-44 while the Wildcat boys won 105-57.

Leading the Brawley girls were Natalia Cardenas and Brooke Pace, who both won two individual events and were members of two winning relay teams.

Cardenas won the 500-yard freestyle in 6 minutes, 45.38 seconds and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:26.98, while Pace won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:06.21 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.22. The two teamed with Cardenas' sister Jennifer and Tracy King to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:05.29.

Pace, Jennifer Cardenas, Lauren Roberts and Denae Smith won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:26.20 and Natalia Cardenas, Smith, King and Roberts teamed to take the 200-yard freestyle relay in 2:12.29.

Also picking up wins were King in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:34.95, Jennifer Cardenas in the 200-yard individual medley (2:49.50), Roberts in the 50-yard freestyle (30.77) and Smith in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:15.23.

For the Brawley boys, Petter Malvik had four victories, winning the 200 individual medley in 2:32.77, the 100 backstroke in 1:23.38 and teaming with Robbie Overstreet, Ethan Schoch and Trevor Smith to take the 200 medley relay in 2:16.48 and with Overstreet, Smith and Mike Sims to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:52.59.

Earning victories for the Wildcat boys were Overstreet in the 200 freestyle (2:20.73), Smith in the 50 freestyle (28.25) and Henry Graham in the 500 freestyle in 7:32.46.

Sims, Schoch, Tim Dowden and Bradley Huber hooked up to win the 400 freestyle relay in 4:54.89.

Winning for Central was Fabian Amparano in the 100 freestyle in 1:03.24 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.68.

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