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Thursday, May 1, 2003

Eagles receive all state spots in swimming

Seven members of the Pecos Eagles boys swim team received first team all-state honors in swimming for Class 4A, while nine members of the Eagles' girls swimming team earned either second team or honorable mention status as the result of the their finishes at this year's district, regional and state meets.

"I wanted to wait until it was all confirmed," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse about the list, which she said divided first team selections into the Top 8 finishers overall in Class 4A, the second team into the ninth through 16th place finishers and honorable mention for those swimmers who placed 17th through 24th based on their times at the three meets.

"They must of taken the district times, that's why our (girls) 200 free relay made, it, because they were DQed at regional," Morse said.

The 200 free relay team of Kelsey Holt, Betsy Lujan, Catherine Minjarez and Susan Moore had the fastest time going into the Region I-4A meet, but were disqualified in the preliminaries of the regional meet. However, their earned a second team ranking based on their earlier results.

Pecos placed sixth in the state finals of the 200-medley relay on the boys' side, and eighth in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays to earn first team honors. Gary Garcia, Will Oglesby, Daniel Quintana and K.W. Winkles were members of the medley squad, while Garcia, Quintana, Max Key and Matt Elliott were on the 200 free relay team and Key, Oglesby, Quintana and Winkles made up the 400 squad.

Oglesby also earned first team honors in the 100-yard butterfly and 500 yard freestyle, placing third and sixth at state. Key earned a first team selection in the 100-yard breaststroke, where he placed eighth at state, while he was a second team pick in the 100 yard freestyle, despite finishing one spot higher in Austin.

Winkles was a second team selection in both the 200 individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke, while the Eagles had one other first team selection, in junior Michael Juarez, who placed seventh at state in 1-meter diving after winning district and regional titles. Garcia earned honorable mention in his two individual events, the 100-yard backstroke and 200 individual medley.

"We had a few more individuals make it this year than we have in the past," Morse said. Pecos' boys finished fifth as a team at the state meet this year, while the girls were 16th overall in the 4A finals.

On the girls' side, the Eagles' other two relays, the 200 medley and 400 free, both advanced to state, where they ended up in the consolation finals and earned second team all-state honors. Holt, Minjarez, Lauren Wein and Lindsey Shaw were on the medley relay team and Holt, Lujan, Moore and Ashley Horsburgh were on the 400 freestyle team.

Individually, Shaw was a second team selection in the 100-yard breaststroke, where she placed 12th at state, and Minjarez was a second team pick in the 100 fly, where she also finished 12th in Austin. Minjarez also earned honorable mention in the 200 individual medley, while Jessica Minjarez did the same in the 200 and 500-yard freestyles, and Teddie Salcido was an honorable mention selection in those same two events.

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