Central swimmer continues team's winning tradition

May 07, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

Over the past few years the Central Union High swim team has developed some of the best swimmers the Imperial Valley has seen.

Two years ago Randy Jackson was about as good as there was. And before Jackson was another Randy, Randy Gertenbach, who swam in the Olympics trials for the last Olympics.

Now there's another Central swimmer dominating the scene.

In the four years the Spartans' Fabian Amparano has been swimming in local high school meets, he's only been beaten twice and hasn't lost an Imperial Valley League event since his sophomore year.

Last week in IVL meets against Imperial and Southwest, Amparano added four more individual victories, winning the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard freestyle in each meet.


"It's been a really good year for me. In meets that I'm swimming in, I'm placing higher and finishing with faster times than I ever have," said the 17-year-old senior. "I really don't look at how many times I've won or my record. I just don't think about that.

"When I'm out there I really don't focus on who I'm swimming against. I'm just going against myself and my own times," said Amparano.

Come Thursday, Amparano's focus will be back on his own times as he competes in the IVL finals and prepares for the CIF San Diego Section postseason.

Last year Amparano qualified for CIF in the 100 breaststroke and didn't do as well as he would've liked, finishing 17th.

With another year under his belt and far better than he was last season, Amparano is intent on finishing higher this year.

"IVLs is big and it's important, but I've been really looking forward to CIF, ever since last year," said Amparano. "I finished 17th last year and I know I could do a lot better this year.

"I've gotten a lot of help from all my coaches and they've really helped me get better and improve," said Amparano. "With the help that I've gotten from them, I know I'll be able to do well at IVLs and CIF."

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