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Thurday, November 14, 2002

Eagles to face bigger schools at Monahans

The Pecos Eagles swim team will have a few more big schools to compete against on Saturday, when they enter the Monahans Invitational, their final meet before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Eagles have won the boys and girls division at their last two meets, the Big Spring Invitational and last weekend's Pecos Invitational, but will face several Class 5A schools this week, in San Angelo Central, El Paso Andress and schools from Abilene and Midland.

"They'll probably have more JV people than varsity, but the others will have theirs," Eagles' coach Terri Morse said of the Midland schools, which usually dominate the Class 5A regional meet.

The Eagles have won three straight regional boys titles and two straight regional titles on the girls' side, and appear ready to do the same come January. They won the boys division of their own meet by over 100 points last Saturday, setting three new meet records, in the 200 medley relay, and by Will Oglesby in the 100 yard butterfly and Max Key in the 100-yard breaststroke. The girls didn't set any meet record, but won their division by nearly 200 points.

Last month in Odessa, Pecos' girls place second to Midland High and just ahead of San Angelo Central in the Ector County ISD Invitational, while the boys were third to both Midland schools. The boys were short of swimmers for their season-opening meet, but have gotten more since then and will have more than usual swimming on Saturday.

"I put all my divers into (two) individual races, because they canceled diving," Morse said. "They said their board was slick or something and they couldn't do it."

Other than the added races for the divers, Morse said the other main change from a week ago would be moving junior K.W. Winkles from the 200 medley relay to the 500 freestyle for Saturday's meet. "He asked if he could swim it this meet," Morse said. Winkles won the 200 medley a week ago, and placed just behind Key in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Winkles and Key will again swim in that race this week, while Oglesby will move from the 100 yard backstroke to the 200 medley for Saturday race, and continue to swim in the 100 yard fly. He's seeded first in that race at Monahans and in the 200 medley, as is Key in the breaststroke and the boys' 200 medley relay team.

Pecos' girls are seeded first in the 400 freestyle relay and in two individual events, the 100-yard butterfly with Catherine Minjarez and the 500-yard freestyle with Teddie Salcido.

Morse said the meet will begin at the same time as last week's Pecos Invitational, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, though it figures to end a lot later due to the larger field. The timed finals will have 18 heats of the 50-yard freestyle and 12 of the 100 free, while other longer races will also have more heats than a week ago in Pecos.

"The 50 free isn't bad, they go fairly quickly. It's the longer races that take a lot of time," Morse said.

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