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Brogdon relishes being role model
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Gordon Brogdon joined the Ceres Dolphins recreational swimming club during the summer of 2001.

The 2004 Ceres High graduate has had a lot of success the past four seasons.

He's shattered records and won a host of trophies.

"This year, I'm also coaching," said Brogdon, 18.

Approximately 130 boys and girls, aged 6-18, signed up for the 2005 Dolphins.

Ceres doesn't have enough athletes to compete for the Mid-Valley Swimming League Championship.

"We don't have a very big team. And we don't win," Brogdon said. "But it's a lot of fun. That's why we come back."

On May 28, Brogdon claimed High-point trophy honors for the fourth year in a row at the Tracy Invitational. He placed first in the 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 100 individual medley.

Brogdon refused to pat his own back.

"If I win, I win," he said. "If I lose, I lose."

Brogdon enjoys being a role model.

"It's not all about winning and losing," said Brogdon, who practices three to four times per week in the afternoons at Ceres High School. "It's about working hard and doing your best."

Gordon's five siblings, Amanda, 16, Michael, 14, Terry, 10, Lacey, 9, and Hailey, 7, are following in his footsteps.

Brogdon will tryout for the Modesto Junior College men's swim squad in 2005-06.

Asked where he wanted to transfer to after completing his general education requirements, Brogdon said: "Right now, I'm not sure. I just need to get all of my classes done."

And continue leading the Dolphins. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier