Preliminary meet Friday, finals Saturday

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

With only a fraction of the practice swim time compared to other school districts with their own pools, some Alice swim team members are seeded on top and will be competing in a preliminary meet Friday and finals on Saturday.

The swim group will travel to Corpus Christi to compete and are hoping to send some of their members to state.

History could be made if the first female competitor from Alice makes state, swim coach Trisha Terrell said.

"I'm just hoping that all the hard work will pay off and we can go to state," said sophomore Adriana Moreno, one of the coach's top athletes who swims in the 500 and 200 meter free-style. "We give a lot of free time."

Sophomore Christine Keliehor said it would be an honor to represent Alice at the top.

"Mostly juniors and seniors make it, and it's awesome and an honor as a sophomore going (to compete)," she said.

Dedication and discipline is prevelant within the team as some members drive on their own to perfect their swim style at the Corpus Christi natatorium.

Moreno, along with 17 other regional winners on the swim team, will go head-to-head with other qualifiers vying for the final spots on their way to state. First place individuals in the final round will go on to compete at state.

MiReina Villarreal, a swim captain, and Jeremy Navarro are currently seeded in the state's top eight and said they are competing against individuals who practice three hours a day versus their practice time of an hour and a half, twice a week.

"And we are just as good," MiReina said.

Other team members agreed.

"No telling what we can do with a pool," Jeremy said.

Holden Haggerton, a senior and captain, said they will be giving their best at the finals competition.

"We worked hard all year and this will be the last time to make it," he said.

David Towler, a captain and senior in the 500 meter, knows the importance of improving his time to make finals.

"If I can improve my time a whole second, that will put me in the finals," David said. "I will be happy."