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Monday, November 17, 2003

Eagles set four records, win Pecos Invitational

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles swim team set four new meet records and swept both the boys and girls division titles over the weekend at the Pecos Invitational, their final home meet of the 2003-04 season.

Pecos' girls beat the former record in the 400-yard freestyle by five seconds in winning that event, while Max Key set new records in his two individual events and Michael Juarez set a new record on Friday, in winning the 1-meter diving competition.

The boys scored 327 points overall to beat out District 3-4A rival Big Spring, which finished with 203 points. Odessa High was next with 143 points and Andrews finished fourth, with 1311/2 points.

The girls' winning margin was even wider, as they took their division with 350 points to 165 for Andrews. Odessa High again placed third, with 144 points, and Monahans was fourth, with 125 points.

In the 400 relay, Catherine Minjarez, Jessica Minjarez, Ashley Horsburgh and Susan Moore won with a 4:05.36 time, five seconds better than the former record and 16 second ahead of runner-up Lubbock Monterrey. However, coach Terri Morse said the relay would have to improve on Saturday's result by the time the district and regional competition arrives.

"They need to go under four minutes. Right now, they're not anywhere near where they need to be, but they're getting there, slowly but surely."

Monterrey just edged out the Pecos 'B' relay team of Teddie Salcido, Ashley Mendoza, Amie Reynolds and Lindsey Shaw for second place, while in the 200 freestyle relay, Horsburgh, Reynolds, Moore and Betsy Lujan just edged out Andrews for first place by .05 second, coming from behind to with a 1:53.49 time. The 'B' relay team of Jessica Minjarez, Mendoza, Amanda Contreras and Cynthia Marmolejo placed eighth.

The Eagles had only one team in the 200 medley relay, which Salcido, Shaw, Catherine Minjarez and Lujan won with a 2:07.23 time.

Key won the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke with new meet records. He took the 50 free with a 22.34 time and later won the breaststroke in 1:03.66.

"I don't think Max is anywhere near where he's going to be at district, and I didn't rest him for this meet, either," said Morse.

Meanwhile, Juarez scored 197.95 points to set the new meet record in 1-meter diving, in his first meet back after suffering a facial cut three weeks ago. Teammate T.J. Hardwick finished second with a 132.60 score.

Overall the girls won eight events of 12 events at the meet, with no Pecos entry in the diving competition.

Catherine Minjarez was first with a 2:27.23 time in the 200 individual medley, with Shaw in second and Mendoza fifth, and she later took the 100 yard butterfly with a 1:07.38 time, with Contreras 10th. Moore won the 50 free with a 26.63 time, with Lujan seventh and Reynolds 10th, and then took the 100 yard freestyle with a 59.59 time, with Horsburgh third and Lujan sixth. The other victory was by Shaw, who took the 100 yard breaststroke with a 1:17.54 time, with Reynolds finishing second.

In the other races, Salcido finished second to Odessa High's Marjorie Gipson in the 200 yard freestyle, with Jessica Minjarez fourth and Marmolejo 19th; and Gipson also beat out Salcido for first in the 500 free, with Minjarez third, Mendoza fifth and Marmolejo 15th. Horsburgh was fourth and Contreras 14th in the 100 backstroke, which was won by Lubbock High's Jamie Tidwell, with Big Spring's Jessica Hughey second and Monahans' Mackenzie Miles third.

That was the only race where the Eagles were beaten out by any of their district rivals. On the boys' side, Pecos was also beaten out by a couple of 3-4A swimmers in the backstroke, where Monahans' Zac Vaughn won, Fort Stockton's Vishal Chopra was second and Eagles' freshman Kyle Winkles placed fourth.

Senior Will Oglesby, who had been swimming the backstroke, was moved to the 500 freestyle for Saturday's meet, where he placed first with a 5:18.74 time. He also won the 100 yard fly with a 55.71 time, with Matt Elliott finishing second and Matthew Oglesby sixth.

Pampa's Joe Johnson, who was second in the 500 free, beat out Pecos' Daniel Quintana in the 200 free by .15 second. In the 200 individual medley, K.W. Winkles edged Midland Christian's Matthew McKinney for first with a 2:11.44 time, with Matthew Oglesby third. Winkles was second to Key in the 100 breaststroke, while Elliott was sixth behind Key in the 50 free. Kyle Winkles was sixth in the 100 free and Alonzo Garcia was 17th in the 100-yard breststroke for the Eagles' other individual finishes.

In the relays, Will Oglesby, K.W. Winkles, Elliott and Quintana won the 200 medley with a 1:48.28 time, while the 'B' relay of Kyle Winkles, Matthew Oglesby, Garcia and Juarez were seventh; in the 200 free relay, Key, Elliott, Juarez and Will Oglesby won with a 1:37.14 time; and in the 400 free relay, Quintana, Key and both Winkles took first place with a 3:34.39 time.

While Saturday's meet was the final one at home for Pecos' swimmers, Morse said the Eagles' divers will be competing at home one more time, this coming Friday as part of the Monahans Invitational.

"Monahans is having problems with their board, so they're going to hold the diving over here," she said. The diving will be at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, while the remainder of the meet will be at the Monahans High School pool on Saturday.

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