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Friday, August 1, 2003

Swim team members to compete as lifeguards

Staff Writer

Current and just-graduated members of the Pecos Eagles' swim team, who've been earning money this summer working as lifeguards, will be trying to earn awards on Monday, when they compete in an area lifesaving competition at Hero's Water Park, located between Midland and Odessa.

Two teams are being sponsored by the Town of Pecos City, and Eagles' swimming coach Terri Morse said the event begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and should last until 5 p.m. "There are four persons on each team and the only requirement is that it has to be two boys and two girls," she said.

One team, The Mighty Ducks, will have Daniel Quintana as its captain, Morse said, and Matt Elliott, Lindsay Shaw and Ashley Mendoza as its other members. The other team is The Screaming Eagles, and is made up of captain Gary Garcia, Max Key, Amie Reynolds and Susan Moore. Garcia just graduated this past May, while the others will be returning members of the Eagles' swim team this coming school year.

"All of them have been doing lifeguard work over the summer," Morse said. "They all work for the city, except for Gary, who worked for the country club. We just had to pick up one, so it worked out all right."

The competition involves several different events. "They'll do CPR and bleeding (control) first aid on land," Morse said, while the others involve dealing with submerged drowning victims, spinal injury management and bringing a victim into shore. "They'll do that one in the wave pool with the waves going," she said.

Judging will be based on fastest times and procedure, along with the life guards' comfort level and their verbalization skills, which involve both talking to the victims during rescuer and promptly calling 911.

Morse said both she and assistant coach Joan Capshaw will be among the judges, and along with the two Pecos teams, others would be from both Midland and Odessa, along with Fort Stockton and Monahans. "I think Kermit may be sending a team, but that's the only other one they knew about when I talked to them," she said.

Because of Monday's competition, Morse added that preseason workouts for the Eagles' swimming team won't start until Tuesday at the Pecos High School pool. The 2003-04 season itself won't get underway for Pecos until their first meets in October.

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