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Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Eagles sweep Stockton meet despite relay losses

The Pecos Eagles swimming team got their first look at a few El Paso teams they'll face at regional competition at the Coker Invitational in Fort Stockton this past weekend, and their last look with a full squad at a couple of District 3-4A schools they'll face at the district meet in Pecos at the end of January.

And coach Terri Morse said that while Pecos picked claimed both the boys and girls division titles, there's still some room for improvement, especially in the relay events, before district and regional competition rolls around.

The boys scored 293 points to defeat Odessa High by 100 points in their division, with district rival Big Spring third with 179 points. On the girls side, Pecos had an even bigger margin, winning with 366 points to 195 for OHS and 189 for El Paso Chapin, while Andrews finished fourth in both divisions.

"Most (times) were a little off. There were still some people who cut, but they're still a little off from what I would like to see," said Morse, who added that the relays were a concern following Saturday's finals.

Only the top finisher at regionals is assured of a trip to state, and Pecos was already battling Big Spring in a couple of relays on the boys' side before Saturday, when they ran into problems with El Paso Chapin and Andrews in the girls' division

"Their medley relay beat our girls," Morse said of Chapin. "We've got our work cut out for us at regionals." Anchored by Lara Jackson, the bronze medal winner in Class 5A in the 50 yard freestyle from this past season, the El Paso school finished with a 2:05.58 time to Pecos' 2:07.26.

Jackson also beat out Pecos' Susan Moore for first in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races, while her teammate, Marissa Carl, won the 100-yard backstroke.

The Eagles did win the 400-yard freestyle relay by nearly four seconds over Andrews, finishing with a 4:09.43 time but both the Mustangs and Chapin's girls finished ahead of Pecos in the 200 freestyle event. The Eagles' `B' relays finished fourth in the 400-yard freestyle, fifth in the 200 free and seventh in the 200 medley.

The boys won the 200 medley relay by nearly five seconds over Monahans, with a 1:47.63 time, but lost by .42 second to Big Spring in the 200 freestyle relay and finished about 1 ¾ seconds in back of the Steers in the 400 freestyle relay.

"I changed up the boys' relays a little. Some worked and some didn't work," Morse said. "Big Spring beat us in the 200 and the 400, and I took Daniel (Quintana) off that and put him on the medley, but I'll have to see about the others."

The boys only had one `B' relay team, which placed 12th in the 200 medley.

Individually for the girls, Catherine Minjarez picked up a first place in the 200 yard individual medley, edging Big Spring's Jessica Hughey by .32 second with a 2:31.20 time, with Lindsey Shaw third, Chyloe Martin seventh and Ashley Mendoza eighth. Minjarez also won the 100-yard butterfly with a 1:08.26 time, while Rebecca Reynolds was seventh, Ashley Carrasco 15 th and Ashley Contreras 18th. Shaw had Pecos' other first place finish, winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:19.69, while Amie Reynolds placed fifth, Rebecca Reynolds seventh and Carrasco 14th.

In the other races for the girls, Teddie Salcido was second, Betsy Lujan third and Jessica Minjarez fourth in the 200-yard freestyle; Salcido was second, Minjarez fourth, Mendoza eighth and Amie Reynolds 10th in the 500 yard freestyle; Lujan was fifth and Lauren Wein 14th in the 100 freestyle; Contreras was 22nd in the 50 free; Win was third, Ashley Horsburgh seventh and Martin 11th in the 100 yard backstroke.

The boys picked up their first victory on Friday, when Michael Juarez scored 284.85 points to win the 1-meter diving. Andrew Grant was fourth and Miguel Estrada ninth in that event. On Saturday, Will Oglesby won the 100-yard butterfly with a 55.49 time, while Matt Elliott was sixth in that race, and Oglesby took the 500-yard freestyle in 5:08.55, with Paul Parker placing fourth. Max Key won the 100 yard freestyle in 52.13, with Quintana finishing fourth, Juarez 13th and Roger Quintana 40th, and Key took the 100 yard butterfly in 1:06.56, with K.W. Winkles third and Grant 22nd.

In the other races, Quintana was second and Parker sixth in the 200 free; Gary Garcia was second, Winkles third and Elliott fifth in the 200 medley; Estrada was 36th and Quintana 43rd in the 50 free; and Garcia placed second in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Eagles have one more meet before the Christmas break, this weekend at Seminole, but Morse said a few of her swimmers won't be there due to other activities. Pecos' next meet after that is the opening weekend of January, at the Lubbock Invitational, the last meet before district competition.

Pecos teams hosting Alpine girls, Snyder boys

The Pecos Eagle boys will get a chance to see if they can improve their results against the Snyder Tigers from a week ago tonight, while Pecos' girls will see if they can improve on their results against the Alpine Bucks from a year ago, when both Pecos teams play at home in their first doubleheader match-up of the season.

Pecos' girls will host Alpine at 6 p.m. in the new Pecos High School gym, followed by the second game in five days between the Eagles and Tigers, at about 7:30 p.m. Pecos' JV teams are scheduled to play in the old gym, with the boys at 6 and the girls at 7:30 p.m., while the freshman girls will face Alpine and the ninth grade boys will take on district rival Kermit at 4:30 p.m.

Pecos' boys are 3-4 after going 1-2 this past weekend at the Gym Bice Tournament in Andrews, including an opening round 58-48 loss to Snyder on Thursday. In that game, the Eagles held a 28-20 lead three minutes into the third period, only to see the Tigers come back and outscore Pecos 38-20 the rest of the way.

Four Pecos player, including three of the Eagles' posts, ended up fouling out of the game, while Snyder post Josh Mendoza, who was in foul trouble throughout the first half, came back to score all 17 of his points in the final two periods.

"It was a very physical game, and that's what I'm expecting again on Tuesday," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores, whose team beat Presidio, 53-48, and then loss to Lamesa, 69-50 in their final two games. Snyder closed out the tournament by losing to Andrews, 58-53, and then beating Pecos' former district rival Fabens, 51-49, in the third place game.

Pecos' girls have been off for a week, since defeating Van Horn at home last Tuesday, 52-26. It gave the Eagles a 3-1 season record, which was one more victory than they had all of last season.

Their 2-18 year included an 84-32 loss at home to Alpine, in a game the Eagles trailed by only five points midway through the third period.

The teams were supposed to have faced each other last month, but Alpine canceled the game after their girls advanced to the Class 2A state volleyball tournament. Even with the late start, coach Veronica Valenzuela said, "It's going to be a tough game for us against Alpine."

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