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Friday, August 9, 2002

Swimmers start preparing early for new season

The season won't start for the Pecos Eagles swimming team for over another month, but Eagles' coach Terri Morse already has two dozen boys and girls working out for the start of the 2002-2003 season.

"I've got all of those out who I'm going to have out right now," said Morse, whose team began practice the same day as Pecos' football, volleyball and tennis teams, all of which will either open their seasons or hold their first scrimmages in August. "I've got 24 out right now, and I'll probably have about 30 out when all is said and done.

"I've got a few guys who are playing football right now, and I've got one girl in volleyball," said Morse, whose team will either open their season on Oct. 5 in Odessa or in late September, with a dual meet against El Paso Montwood, whom the Eagles opened their season against a year ago.

"I'm not sure if we're going to continue that, because everybody got moved out of that area (El Paso) in the other sports, so I'm looking to get out of that, too," she said.

The Eagles never had to compete in the El Paso area in district swimming, since none of Pecos' five other 2-4A rivals had teams the past four seasons. And even with the move down to Class 3A this year, the Eagles will remain in Class 4A for swimming, though of the seven teams in their district, only two, Andrews and Big Spring, are still at the Class 4A level.

"We've had some good workouts this week. Everybody seems real positive and have a good attitude. I hope that carries over when school starts," Morse said.

Pecos is scheduled to host this year's District 3-4A swim meet, though Morse said the date of the meet may change, and the Eagles may also have to make some adjustments to the Pecos High School pool before it is held.

"The NCAAs are at UT the same weekend the state meet was scheduled, so they had to move it back (to Feb. 14-15), which moved the regional meet back (to Jan. 31/Feb. 1). I just got a ruling from the UIL which said we can have the district meet one of two weekends, either the 17-18 (of January) or the 24-25," she said.

"It looks like everybody else in our region is going on the 17-18," Morse said, but added 3-4A will probably keep their meet on the following weekend. "I kind of have mixed emotions about that. Having everybody do the same thing could be good, because we would have another week to train, but at the regionals it could come back on you, because there would be such a long break (prior to district)."

As for the pool, the a new rule may force the Eagles to lower the height of their diving platforms because of the depth of the PHS pool. "The UIL is not making us go to federation standards right now, but we'll just have to see," Morse said. "We will keep the district meet. If we have to lower the blocks, we'll lower them."

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