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November 26, 2012

Sanchez records 2 state qualifying times

ENID, Okla. — Practice doesn’t always make perfect.

Enid’s Gabe Sanchez worked out only twice during the Thanksgiving holiday, but he still picked up two new state qualifying times in a swim dual with Putnam City Monday at Denny Price Family YMCA.

Sanchez took five seconds of his previous best time with a 2:12 in the 200-yard IM and qualified for the 500-yard free with a time of 5:30.21.

“It felt great,’’ Sanchez said. “When I saw my time in the 200 IM, I was really surprised. I was thinking ‘Whose time is that?’”

He said he was worried about the meet, because he only worked out on Wednesday and Sunday.

“Maybe the rest helped,’’ he said. “I feel like I have improved a lot over last year.’’

Enid was second in the boys triangular. Putnam City had 394 points to 256 for the Plainsmen and 37 for Bethany.

The Pacers won the girls meet 443-203 over the Lady Pirates.

The EHS girls did not have any new state qualifying times.

“I thought we swam real well,’’ said Enid coach Ginny Shipley. “We had a few kids out, so I put some kids in some events they normally don’t swim, and they did well. It’s tough having a meet right after a break.’’

The Pacers could say “girls rule’’ in the 400-yard free relay where the boys and girls were in the same heat. The quartet of Whitney Livesay, Christie McMeans, Ashley Valdez and Hunter McEachern beat the Putnam City boys more than 53 seconds (4:20.92 to 5:14.21)

The Pacers and Plains-men will be off until Dec. 13, when they go to Ponca City.

“That will give us a chance to fix some technical things,’’ Shipley said. “Our kids are pushing hard.’’

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