The Big Spring swimming team may have something to prove at todayâs 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.
âFor a lot of them, this is their first year,â BSHS swimming coach Mackenzie Miles said. âThey want to make a name for themselves. Whatâs most important to me is that the one who donât get to move on to regionals, that theyâre able to be most successful at this meet and get their best times.â
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.
Itâs 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.
âI think theyâre going to do really well,â Miles said. âEvery meet that weâve had, Iâve noticed little things have improved, whether itâs their turns, their technique, stroke or motivation when they get on the block. Just wanting to do so well and improve.â
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 theyâre familiar with. He knows how to approach this meet because of his experience.
âIt depends on where weâre at because sometimes we can stay real focused and calm or really nervous,â he said. âItâs kind of a big meet for me because theyâre pool, I feel like it swims slower.â
There are other factors to consider, too. Loya said the little things count when sheâs in a pool sheâs never been in before.
âIt helps a lot because being in a pool youâve never swam in, itâs hard to see where the wall is. When you flips turns, sometimes, youâll miss it. It just depends how many times youâve been there.â
McMahon said the way he and his teammates approach races today is going to be key. They have to realize who theyâre up against and know the times of their competitors.
âMost of it is just the people weâre up against, too,â he said. âSay Iâm 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
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