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Brogdon had stellar career
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Gordon Brogdon concluded his swimming career with the Ceres Dolphins at the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships on July 23 in Turlock.

"I'm happy with the way it turned out," Brogdon said.

Brogdon claimed the 15-18 boys division crown. He took first in the 100 IM in 1:01.56, 100 free in 52.75 seconds and 100 back in a meet-record 59.33 seconds.

Brogdon also had a stellar regular season. He earned High-Point Trophy honors at the Tracy, Oakdale and Hughson Invitationals.

Brogdon has one regret.

"I wish I could have practiced a lot more but I had to work," he said.

Brogdon dedicated five summers to the Dolphins squad. He never missed a meet.

"I've always loved swimming," he said.

Brogdon had a dominant run at the MVSL championships. He earned the High-Point Trophy Award in 2005, 2003, 2002 and 2001.

"Out of the five years, I've won it four times," he said.

Brogdon will watch from the pool deck in 2006.

"I'm probably going to coach next year," Brogdon said. "I'll stick with it until I decide not to."

Brogdon will root for his five siblings, including Amanda, Michael, Terry, Lacy and Hailey.

"The look on their faces when they come home with trophies and ribbons is great," Gordon said.

Brogdon will play water polo and swim at Modesto Junior College in 2005-06. The sophomore started practicing with the polo team last week. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier