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Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Lubbock meet starts off 2004 for swimmers

The Pecos Eagles will see several teams they'll be seeing again at the same site a month from now, and several other teams they won't be seeing at all for the rest of the season this weekend, when the Eagles compete in the Lubbock Invitational, the final pre-district meet for the 2003-04 season.

Andrews, Monahans and Fort Stockton from Pecos' District 4-4A will be at the meet, along with several other 4A schools from El Paso and the Panhandle who Pecos could see again next month in Lubbock at regionals. The Eagles will also face the host Class 5A schools from Lubbock, along with 5As from El Paso, Amarillo, Odessa and Abilene, plus Fort Bend Elkins from the Houston area.

Competition will begin with a preliminaries and the 3 meter diving competition on Friday, at 1 p.m. The 1-meter diving event will be held Saturday morning, followed by the finals at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Pecos' boys and girls took first place in each of their last four meets, but with the large field and high number of Class 5A schools entered, none of the Eagle swimmers go into their races seeded first. Coach Terri Morse said the girls will be at an added disadvantage with two swimmers absent from this weekend's competition.

"I'm going to have to scratch Susan (Moore). She still has stitches in her foot and Amanda Contreras hyperextended her knee on Tuesday in the basketball game, so I'll have to scratch her," Morse said.

Moore was seeded fourth in the 50 yard freestyle and seventh in the 100 free, and Morse said the absence of both her and Contreras would force changes in the relay line-ups for the girls.

"I had to change things up a bit. In the 200 medley Teddie Salcido will swim the backstroke and I'll have Amie Reynolds at the breaststroke, Lindsey Shaw at the fly and Jessica Minjarez at the freestyle. In the 200 free I'll have Betsy Lujan, Ashley Horsburgh, Amie Reynolds and Catherine Minjarez. I'm moving Catherine from the 200 medley to the 200 free in order to try and get into the finals."

She said Lujan, Salcido, Horsburgh and Catherine Minjarez would swim the 'A' relay and Jessica Minjarez Shaw, Ashley Mendoza and Cynthia Maramalejo would swim the 'B' relay in the 400 freestyle.

The boys will have all their swimmers, but Morse said she would still make a few changes in the relays.

"I'm going to put Max (Key) on the medley at freestyle to see if we can win that relay, and I'm going to move Daniel (Quintana) to the 200 free," she said. "In the 400 free I'm going to lead off with Max for the first 100, because I want to see what I'm going to put him in at district, the 50 (free) 100 or the 100 breaststroke."

Morse will also have freshman Matt Oglesby in the 100-yard butterfly, while his brother Will swims the 500 free and the 100 backstroke. They're seeded second in their races, as is Key in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay team. The highest seed for the girls is also a No. 2 spot, by Catherine Minjarez in the 100 fly.

After this weekend the Eagles will have two weeks off before district competition in Fort Stockton. Regionals will be the first weekend of February back at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center in Lubbock and the state finals are Feb. 20-21 in Austin.

Eagles have lighter lifting schedule in '04

The Pecos Eagles' powerlifting team may not have as many events this winter as they did a year ago, but at least it's not dead, which was the program's status following the end of the 2003 season.

The 2004 season opens for the Eagles on Jan. 17 at Odessa High, and will be followed by two other meets before regional competition in March. The program was scheduled to be eliminated after only three years of competition due to budget cuts, but was kept alive when new head football coach and athletic director Patrick Willis said he would oversee the program.

Part of the reason was the need for an off-season weight program for Pecos' football players. "Everybody in the off-season program is going to be powerlifting," Willis said, though not all would be making the trips to meet competition, and the team will also have girls competing again this season.

"We'll have about eight girls and probably around 20 boys eventually will be lifting," he said. For the meets, Willis said, "I'll take a full boys team of 11 and I'll take all the girls who are eligible."

After their opening meet at Odessa High, the Eagles will compete on Jan. 31 in Monahans. From there, Pecos will have four weeks off before their next meet, on Feb.. 28 at Kermit.

Any Eagle girls who qualify for regionals will go back to Kermit the following Saturday for regional competition, while the boys who qualify for regionals will go to Lubbock on March 13. State competition for the girls will be March 20 in Killeen and for the boys it will be March 27 in Fort Worth.

While working with the powerlifting team, Willis is also working on the Eagles' 2004 football schedule. He said the Eagles will scrimmage Andrews in August and have five tentative games lined up to start the season, but those will have to await the announcement of the bi-annual realignment by the University Interscholastic League, scheduled for Feb. 2.

Pecos is expected to stay in a Permian Basin-area district, with several Class 3A-sized schools in El Paso petitioning to play in Class 4A for the next two years. However, district rival Kermit is expected to drop to Class 2A, and the UIL could add one or more teams to the district, due to both the loss of the Yellowjackets and the decision last year by Presidio to drop football.

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