Calexico High School senior Jenny Ortiz competes in the butterfly during the Bulldogs’ Imperial Valley League dual meet against Brawley Union High at Brawley’s Lions Center Pool on Thursday, March 11. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO
BRAWLEY — The Imperial Valley League swim season opened up for both Brawley and Calexico on a cold, windy day with the Wildcats coming out on top at Brawley’s Lions Center Pool on Thursday, March 11.
The Wildcats’ girls’ team toppled Calexico, 107-56, and the Brawley boys won their dual meet with the Bulldogs, 89-51.
“We might not have been the victors this week, but we will not be discouraged and we will continue doing our best,” said Adan Diaz, Calexico’s swim coach. “There is a lot to still learn and there’s plenty of room for improvement. But this week’s experience has taught us a lot and left us hungry for more.”
With a second-place finish and two third-place finishes, Calexico’s Maria Licona said she was just happy to be back in the pool competing after so many months without a chance to swim.
“This year has been tough, so I’m very glad to be able to be swimming again. Being able to practice and compete with my teammates has been an amazing feeling that I have missed a lot,” Licona said. “This first meet was a great learning experience and we will grow stronger and faster each day.”