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AOW: Brawley swimmer pulls off one of biggest league upsets

May 14, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

Heading into the Imperial Valley League swimming finals Thursday, Brawley Union High's Robbie Overstreet was working about as hard as he could in preparation for the 50-yard freestyle.

Throughout the season he was the top 50 freestyler in the Valley. But he wanted to shave off some more time to qualify for the CIF San Diego Section postseason.

After working day and night to improve his time in the 50, it paid off as he won the event at IVLs, qualifying for CIF.

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But that's not where the intrigue and attention was. No, it was on another event, an event in which he was supposed to take second

All season, and really the last three seasons, Central Union High's Fabian Amparano has dominated the 100 freestyle in the Imperial Valley, with only one defeat in that span. So Amparano was the favorite to take the event at IVLs.

That's where Overstreet stepped in.

In one of the biggest upsets in the history of the IVL meet, the 18-year-old Brawley senior knocked off Amparano, winning in 53.84 seconds.

"I was very surprised with my 100 time. I really hadn't swam it much throughout the year, not like the 50 where that was a constant," said Overstreet, also a member of two winning relay teams at the league meet. "I think Fabian really pushed me a lot in the 100. When we were at it, he'd pull up some and I'd catch up and then that last 25 (yards) I just booked it."

Overstreet booked it so much that he not only won the 100 and 50 and qualified for CIF in the 50 but he set school records in both.

"I was just so pumped for IVLs because I really wanted to get some school records and qualify for CIF and I was able to do both," said Overstreet.

Overstreet now is focusing his on the CIF preliminaries Thursday at Mount Carmel High School in San Diego.

"These next few days I'm just going to be training really hard for CIF so I can be ready for it," said Overstreet. "Looking back at these past four years, I'd say I did pretty well.

"I got to swim against some of the best swimmers we've ever had in the Valley and because of them pushing me and because of my coaches I've been able to get where I am."

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