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Improvement no joke for East swimmer

By MIKE FORMAN
Dec. 2, 2012 at 6:02 a.m.

Victoria East senior Jay Mowdy  adjusts his cap and goggles and gets ready to swim the boys 200-yard freestyle relay during Saturday's swimming events.

Jay Mowdy and Debi Mease have a running joke.

Every time the Victoria East senior swims the 100-yard freestyle, the Victoria school district aquatics director asks him what his time was the first time he swam the 50 freestyle.

"Whenever I bring that 50 time up," Mease said, "He always says, 'Coach, don't tell me that.'"

Mowdy reluctantly admits it took him 48 seconds to complete the two lengths of the pool when he joined the team as a freshman.

Considering Mowdy had a winning time of 50.21 in the 100 freestyle (four lengths) on Saturday at the Victoria ISD Invitational at the Victoria Aquatics Center, his improvement is astounding.

"It's been a lot of yardage," Mowdy said. "A lot of hard work and just pushing."

Mowdy also won the 50 freestyle at the meet in a time of 22.82, and swam the anchor leg on the Titans' 200 freestyle relay team that finished second in a time of 1:58.12.

Mease has spent a quite a bit of time with Mowdy, who will sometimes come to the pool before school to work on his stroke.

"There are a number of reasons for his improvement," Mease said. "He's grown, he works hard and he loves it."

Mowdy's time dropped to 28 seconds his freshman year, 26 his sophomore season and 24 his junior year.

"With all that hard work, I'm not really surprised," Mowdy said. "Coach Mease did help a lot. She comes up in the morning and works with me."

Mowdy hasn't made many changes in his stroke, but has gotten stronger and in much better condition.

"I didn't do anything mechanical," Mowdy said. "I've just been practicing a whole lot."

Mowdy's best time in the 50 this season is 22.27 and his goal is to go under 22 seconds.

He was hoping to do so Saturday, but was hindered by a slow start.

"I did get off the block a little late," he said. "But it still went pretty well because I won."

Mowdy will continue to work toward breaking 22 seconds and getting ready for the District 27-4A meet, which will be held at the aquatics center on Feb. 2.

"I'd like to go under 22 as soon as possible," he said. "But doing it at the district meet would be good."



NOTES • Richmond George Ranch won the boys and girls team titles at Saturday's meet.

• El Campo finished third in the girls standings and East was fourth in the boys standings.

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