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District meet up next for swimmers, divers

By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
Jan. 24, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 23, 2013 at 7:24 p.m.

Victoria East's Ryan Mayes competes in the boy's 100-yard butterfly during the tri-meet on Thursday. The event was a preview for district next Saturday, which will include the three participating teams plus El Campo and Wharton.

District 27-4A Meet

• Where: Victoria Aquatics Center

• When: Diving, Feb. 1, 3:30 p.m.; Swimming, Feb. 2, 11 a.m.

• Teams: Victoria West, Victoria East, El Campo, Bay City, Wharton.

Mallory Draper drew a few audible gasps on her sixth and final dive.

The Victoria West junior appeared to come perilously close to the board, but she didn't seem concerned.

"All divers do it to be honest," Draper said. "It's just a technique of throwing. It's actually kind of bad. It's what divers kind of get into a habit of. It's not necessarily a good habit. I just go off to the side. You've got to look at the perspective."

Draper easily won the one-meter diving competition at a tri-meet between West, Victoria East and Bay City at the Victoria Aquatics Center on Thursday night.

Most of the participants were tuning up for the District 27-4A swimming and diving meet, which will be held Feb. 1-2 at the Aquatics Center.

"I did a few dives to see what my scores would be like," Draper said. "I threw in a couple of different dives that I usually wouldn't do at a six-dive meet. It was just to see what kind of scores from the judges to see what I need to improve on."

Bay City's Meagan Attaway got ready for the district meet by winning the 200-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly and swam a leg on the Ladycats' 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays that finished first.

"I'm just trying to get all my times where they need to be and see how far I need to push myself in order to get faster for the next meet," said Attaway, a senior. "This is my last year so I want to make it to state. We were close my freshman year, but then we didn't have a pool to swim in for a while and that really hurt us."

Attaway was thankful for the chance to swim at the Aquatics Center in preparation for the district meet.

"On the flip turns on the bulkhead, it feels like it shifts whenever you push off of it compared to a solid wall," she said. "It's different for us swimming outside. Our pool's way colder."

Victoria East's Jay Mowdy will be swimming the 50 and 100 freestyle events at the district meet, but swam neither Thursday.

He won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, but was disappointed because he failed to break the pool record in the butterfly.

The record is held by Mowdy's former teammate Sean Morin.

"I wanted to get my name up on the wall," Mowdy said. "But I missed by a whole five seconds."

Draper is shooting for her third straight trip to the state meet and is looking forward to the district meet.

"I have so much confidence because I've been working out a lot," she said. "I can see the improvement in my diving. I've gotten a lot stronger on the board. I can see things I haven't seen before in my diving, which is a good thing. It's helped a lot. I'm going to go into district with a great attitude."



NOTES• Victoria East won thee boys meet with 42 points, and Bay City won the girls meet with 40 points.

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