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Brawley dominates IVL meet

May 10, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — Through most of his high school swimming career, Brawley Union High's Robbie Overstreet has won on a regular basis.

But no matter how good Overstreet has been, there's been a thorn in his side. As good as Overstreet has been in the 100-yard freestyle, Central Union High's Fabian Amparano has been that much better.

Not since his sophomore season has Amparano been defeated in the 100 freestyle in the Imperial Valley League.

So when Overstreet was preparing for the 100 freestyle at the IVL final meet here Thursday, his expectations weren't too high. In fact, all he was hoping for was to finish in second place. That he and Amparano are friends away from the pool made things easier for Overstreet to shoot for second.


But call it adrenaline or the heat of the moment, Overstreet was feeling it Thursday as for the first time in his high school career he beat Amparano in the 100 freestyle, winning in 53.84 seconds, ahead of Amparano's 54.63.

"It's actually been a goal of mine to beat Fabian … I've been thinking about that for a while," said Overstreet, a senior. "I actually kind of ruled myself out of winning the 100. I just assumed that he'd beat me.

"It's kind of been frustrating the past few years with him beating me. When we'd swim against them, I always just came in second to him," said Overstreet, whose 100 freestyle time was a school record. "So when we were through, I was very surprised that I beat him. For me to beat him … it's what I've been trying for. But a part of that is because of him. He really pushed me to swim that time."

As if Overstreet's win over Amparano wasn't enough, he won the 50 freestyle in 23.59, another school record, and teamed with Petter Malvik, Ethan Schoch and Trevor Smith to take the 200 medley relay in 1:56.96. He then hooked up with Smith, Malvik and Tim Dowden to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.34.

As impressive as Overstreet's day was, it was just a fraction of the dominance displayed by e Brawley swimmers as both the boys and girls teams won in team scoring.

On the boys side, Brawley finished with 408 points, followed by Imperial with 237, Central with 215 and Southwest with 65. The Wildcat girls finished with a combined score of 591, followed by Imperial with 227, Central with 216 and Southwest with 202.

The Brawley girls took 25 of the 33 places awarded in the 11 events, including all 11 firsts and four sweeps.

Playing a big part in the Wildcats' dominance was Lauren Roberts, who won the 50 freestyle (27.09), teamed with Natalia Cardenas, Tracy King and Denae Smith to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:53.78) and partnered with Smith, Brooke Pace and Jennifer Cardenas to take the 200 medley relay in 2:04.81. Roberts also took second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.97.

"In the 50 I kind of expected to get first, because I haven't lost in it all year, but I still pushed myself pretty hard," said Roberts, a senior. "But I think we all had a really good day. We've all been working really hard for this and it paid off."

Echoing Roberts' sentiments was Denae Smith, who took second in the 50 freestyle in 28.82 and was second in the 100 freestyle in 1:02.73.

"Today was a really good day for everyone. We all did really well," said Smith, a senior. "For me I was a little disappointed with my time in the 50, but for the most part it was a great day. It is a little sad because for the seniors, it was our last IVL meet, but now it's time to move on."

Also having a relatively good day at IVLs were the Imperial teams, who after finishing the regular league season in second place took second at the finals.

While in the whole scheme of the event it was an impressive day for the Tigers, head coach Chris Fowlkes wasn't satisfied with his team's performances.

"I was actually quite disappointed with our individual efforts. We worked really hard during the season and it really didn't show today. So I thought we could've done a little better," said Fowlkes. "But both teams took second place, so that shows how good this team actually can be, even when they don't swim their best. But it was a really good season and I'm still proud with everything they did during the year."

For complete meet results see Scoreboard on B3.

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