The Big Spring swimming team may have something to prove at todayâ€™s District 4-4A meet.
In a district with powerhouses such as Monahans and Pecos, the Steers are looking to make a name for themselves today at the Jerry Larned Sports Complex in Monahans.
â€śFor a lot of them, this is their first year,â€ť BSHS swimming coach Mackenzie Miles said. â€śThey want to make a name for themselves. Whatâ€™s most important to me is that the one who donâ€™t get to move on to regionals, that theyâ€™re able to be most successful at this meet and get their best times.â€ť
In hopes of getting more swimmers to qualify for regionals, the Steers will be battling Andrews, Fort Stockton and Greenwood alongside Pecos and Andrews today.
Swimmers with the six fastest times in each event will advance to regionals. Preliminaries at district begin at noon today and finals are at noon Saturday.
Miles said Pecos and Monahans are the most established teams in the district and their swimmers have many years invested in the sport.
Big Spring, on the other hand, has a handful of first-time swimmers. So Miles is hoping this meet is a big step in building the program.
Itâ€™s been an up-and-down season for the BSHS swim team. A few key swimmers have emerged in Milesâ€™ first season at the helm.
On the boysâ€™ side, the Steersâ€™ will look for seniors Caleb McMahon and Ricky Garza to lead the way. For the girlsâ€™, who are not heavy in numbers this season, Milesâ€™ hopes junior Rebecca Loya can continue to rise.
â€śI think theyâ€™re going to do really well,â€ť Miles said. â€śEvery meet that weâ€™ve had, Iâ€™ve noticed little things have improved, whether itâ€™s their turns, their technique, stroke or motivation when they get on the block. Just wanting to do so well and improve.â€ť
The Steers do have an advantage, though. No matter what happens, Big Spring will be represented at regionals by its relay teams because there are only five at district.
So the key today and Saturday is getting as many individuals to qualify for regionals to add on to the relay teams that will already be there.
The Steers have been to Jerry Larned Sports Complex before, too.
Garza said it helps swimmers when they have the chance to swim in a pool theyâ€™re familiar with. He knows how to approach this meet because of his experience.
â€śIt depends on where weâ€™re at because sometimes we can stay real focused and calm or really nervous,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s kind of a big meet for me because theyâ€™re pool, I feel like it swims slower.â€ť
There are other factors to consider, too. Loya said the little things count when sheâ€™s in a pool sheâ€™s never been in before.
â€śIt helps a lot because being in a pool youâ€™ve never swam in, itâ€™s hard to see where the wall is. When you flips turns, sometimes, youâ€™ll miss it. It just depends how many times youâ€™ve been there.â€ť
McMahon said the way he and his teammates approach races today is going to be key. They have to realize who theyâ€™re up against and know the times of their competitors.
â€śMost of it is just the people weâ€™re up against, too,â€ť he said. â€śSay Iâ€™m up against some guy who swims faster than me, you really want to beat him. But if the guy next to you swims slower than you, you just want to relax a little bit.â€ť
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