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Pecos set two individual school records in Fort Stockton on Jan. 25, as
the boys won their seventh district title in eight years while the girls
were edged out for first by Monahans, as they sought their seventh
straight District crown.
The Loboes' faster swimmers were able to overcome the Eagles' depth at
district, and Eagles' coach Terri Morse said this weekend's meet will be
"The girls' side especially is a much faster meet this year," she said.
"I feel like we'll see a lot of records broken and a real fast finals.
It should be faster than it's been in a couple of years."
All classifications from Class A to 5A compete at the Lubbock meet, with
only the winner of each event earning an automatic berth at the state
meet, later this month in Austin. Other state qualifiers are based on
No district swimmer is seeded higher than third going into Friday
afternoon's preliminaries, and the girls' top seedings both are in the
freestyle relays. The Eagles are seeded 10th going into the 200
freestyle relay and eighth entering the 400 free relay.
Individually for the girls, the highest seeded swimmer is sophomore Liz
Parent, who is 13th in the 200 individual medley and 15th in the 100
freestyle. Megan Freeman, Randi Key and Dionnie Munoz, 1-2-3 in the 100
butterfly at district, are seeded 15-16-17 going into Friday's regional
"All three of the boys' relays should do well, and the girls' 200 and
400 free should do well," Morse said. "Those are the ones we'll
concentrate on, because even if I stacked the 200 medley (relay), I
don't know if we could make finals."
All three of the boys' relays have shots at reaching the finals. The 200
medley relay is seeded sixth, the 400 free relay fifth and the 200 free
relay fourth. The smallest time difference is also there, as Pecos comes
in five seconds behind top seeded El Paso Franklin.
"The relays and Seth (Whitworth) should do well. Kevin (Bates) might get
in in the backstroke, and Scott (Pounds) should do good in diving, if he
performs as well as he did at district," Morse said.
Bates and Pounds had the two new school records at district. Bates
enters Friday's prelims seeded sixth, while Big Spring's Slate Broyles
in fourth in the backstroke, while Whitworth is seeded fourth in the 200
medley and sixth in the 100 breaststroke.
There are no seedings in the diving event.
While the relays are seeded highest for Pecos, Morse said the swimmers
who competed in Fort Stockton may change.
"I'm going to look at them today, ad see how they are, and talk to the
kids and see how they feel about it," she said. "I'll tell them what
they need to do to be successful on that relay, and see how it goes from
Fighters from across the Permian Basin and South Plains will be in the
Pecos for the two-day tournament, at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It's
the second time in three weekends the Civic Center will play host to are
fighters, and Juarez said more boxers should be here this time than made
the trip on Jan. 25.
"Lubbock will be sending two teams down, and they didn't make the trip,
and Snyder will be here and Fort Stockton I think will also have a
team," Juarez said.
The same eight fighters who were on the Jan. 25 fight card are the ones
scheduled to compete this weekend "if they don't get sick," Juarez said.
"Ricky (Rubio) was sick yesterday (Tuesday), Gilbert (Plasencia) said
his shoulder is hurting and Jaime Montano said one of his legs hurt,"
said Juarez, in running down his team's ailments.
Montano, Plasencia and Paul Juarez won their bouts two weeks ago, while
Rubio, Isiah Juarez and Jesus Marruffo lost, and matches involving two
other Warbird boxers were scratched.
Juarez said Wednesday night that Fred Martin, who will be overseeing
the tournament again this year, was busy setting up pairings for
Friday's opening bouts, and will continue with that job tonight.
"He was waiting for some phone calls from some of the other teams to
see who they'll be bringing," Juarez said.
Martin said two weeks ago he expected more Open Division fighters to
compete in the Golden Gloves this year. Open Division winners are the
only ones who advance to the State Golden Gloves Tournament, set for
March in Fort Worth.
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