West's Draper top seed at regional diving meet
By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 7, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:07 p.m.
Victoria West's Mallory Draper is the top seed in the girls one-meter diving competition heading into the Region VII-4A swimming and diving meet.
The meet will get under way with swimming preliminaries and diving finals Friday at The Aquatic Center at Palo Alto College in San Antonio.
Swimming finals will be held Saturday.
Draper, a junior, will be going for her third straight trip to the state meet. She finished second in last year's regional meet.
Draper scored 444.15 points at last week's district meet at the Victoria Aquatics Center. Richmond George Ranch's Sharon Buesking is seeded second after scoring 316.80 at her district meet.
Draper trains at Palo Alto and is excited about returning to regional at the facility.
"I know the boards and I know exactly where to put the mats," she said. "I love the pool it's an amazing facility."
El Campo junior Kari Wilkins returns to the regional meet as the top seed in the girls 100-yard breaststroke and shares the top seed in the 100 freestyle.
Wilkins won both events at last week's district meet. Her time of 55.47 seconds in the 100 freestyle was matched by Houston Stratford's Erika Stephenson at her district meet.
Wilkins had a time of 1:09.15 in the 100 breaststroke at the district meet, which is well off her best.
"I definitely learned not to give prelims everything you have to kind of save it for the next day," she said. "Also to really swim your own race. There's girls from all over in our area and you never know what time they're going to go and you can't base your swim off of the next person. Get on the blocks and have your mind set ready and just go in all the way."
Victoria East's Jay Mowdy is seeded second in the boys 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle.
Mowdy had a time of 22.19 in the 50 freestyle at the district meet. Alec Willrodt of Stratford is the top seed in the 50 with a time of 22.00
"You have definitely go in really hard," Mowdy said. "I really want to get my reaction time off the block to be faster and maybe get a little farther out off of the start and then my flip turn needs to be a little faster."
Willrodt is also the top seed in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.92. Logan Sheffield of Angleton is the second seed with a time of 48.51, and Mowdy has a seed time of 49.48.
The top two divers and the first-place finisher in each swimming event qualify for the state meet.
The next eight fastest times in each swimming event from around the state also qualify for the state meet, which is scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at the Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin.