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February 13, 1997

Regional swim meet bittersweet for Monahans

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The Monahans' swim team had rolled along at a swift pace throughout the
year. Both the girls and the boys team have put up outstanding numbers
against incredible teams.

Throughout the good and the bad times of the year the kids have had
Swimming Coach Ben White by their side.

The close of the regional meet also brings the close to Coach White's 34
years as a coach and teacher.

All the swimmers were pleased with the regional results, but were sorry
to see Coach White go.

"We had a great year", said senior Robby Dawson, "Coach White worked us
hard all year, but it really paid off. I am glad he had a great last

"We were in some hard competition, but the team stuck together and got
along pretty good," said senior Kara Teague, "We will all miss Coach
White. I am glad I got be with him my senior year."

White started in Littlefield in the early 60's. While there he coached
football, basketball, track and baseball.

White contributes his success in swimming to working with the best
parents in the world.

"The support they give their children was greater than I have ever seen
in any other sport," commented White. "Swimmers are a breed of their
area. It is nothing for a swimmer to swim 4500 to 6000 yards a day at
workout. The will to improve is very deep in each swimmer."

The final meet of this year was by far the toughest on the schedule. The
regional meet drew 35 teams from El Paso, Amarillo, Abilene and San
Angelo among others.

"I thought it was a great ending to a wonderful year," said senior
Jennifer Robinson, "Our relay times were the best of the year and you
can't ask for anything better than that.'

"It was a good way to end the season," said senior Sandra Meeks, "We did
the best we could. We always improved on our times and I am proud of
what we did on our relay team."

The 5-A schools had an edge on the smaller schools by having so many
more people to pick from.

Monahans was the only 3-A school to make it to the finals.

In the overall standings the girls rounded up 16 points to finish
seventh out of 35 teams.

The medley relay team of Candice Teague, backstroke; Lindsay Fredricks,
breast stroke; Sandra Meeks, butterfly and Kara Teague, free style broke
a school record and made the Saturday finals. In the finals the team
finished fourth and broke the school record again with a time of 1:59.58.

Meeks earned fifth place in the 200 free style with a time of 2:04.21.

K. Teague finished fifth in the 50 free style with a personal best time
of 26.83.

Chad Claburn rounded up a personal best 23.06 in the 50 free style to
win fourth. Meeks nailed a fourth place finish with a time of 57.57 in
the 100 free style. Claburn grabbed a fifth place win in the boys 100
free style with a time of 51.92.

The girls 200 free style relay team of K. Teague, C. Teague, Jennifer
Robinson, and Meeks set a new school record in the finals of 47.66 to
snatch a fourth place finish.

Monahans Ladies face Colorado City

in Bi-District match up Friday night

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Monahans has already seen football, volleyball and swimming head into
the post season. Friday night the girls basketball team joins that elite

The Lady Green are set to play the Colorado City Lady Wolves for the
bi-district championship.

The game will take place in Stanton at Stanton High School at 7:30 P.M.

The winner of the game will earn the right to move on the regional
basketball tournament.

"It is our first time in a long time to be in the playoffs." said senior
Tonya Hix, "We are practicing really hard. It is not enough for us to
make the playoff, we want to go on in the playoffs."
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