SWIMMING and DIVING: Permian's Rex wins lone ECISD title in 3-5A meet
MIDLAND, Jan 27, 2013 (Odessa American - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Permian senior Doc Rex knows that he can swim quicker.
He'll get that chance.
Pacing himself to conserve energy for swims later in the meet, Rex still had enough to hold off Odessa High's David Etier to win the boys 100-yard butterfly at the District 3-5A Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Aquatic Center.
Rex finished the four-length race in 58.l4 seconds, with Etier stopping the clock at 59.40. San Angelo Central's George Zamarron was third at 1:00.78.
"I knew that I had to save something because I was swimming in the 100 free final right after the fly," Rex said. "I wasn't trying to go out too fast.
"I know that I can swim faster and I'm looking forward to doing that at regionals when we have a little more time for recovering between the events. Today was tough that way."
Rex was the only individual champion from Permian or Odessa High, though many of the ECISD swimmers finished in the top six of their event to qualify for the Region I-5A Championships on Feb. 8-9 in Lubbock.
San Angelo Central dominated the meet, winning both the boys and girls team titles.
On the boys side, the Bobcats earned 185 points, good for an 82-point victory over runner-up Odessa High, with Permian finishing third with 77 points.
The Lady Cats were equally hard to catch, scoring 184.5 points to easily outdistance Midland High (131.5) and Midland Lee (89). Odessa High was fourth with 50 points and Permian finished fifth with 45 in the five-team meet.
The strong showing by the Bronchos had first-year coach Ralph Kryder smiling and expecting more from his swimmers in two weeks.
"I thought we did a great job today," Kryder said while waiting for the team scores to be tallied.
"We had a lot of swimmers drop quite a bit of time in their events, which is always good. This was a good meet for us."
Permian boys coach Chris Eikenbary, pleased with Rex's individual title, is looking forward to seeing what the Panthers' qualifiers can improve on over the next two weeks.
"From the beginning of the season to now is night and day," he said of how his team is swimming.
"There was a lot of good competition and I thought we swam well. We just need to continue to work hard."
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