By Camaron Abundes
PECOS- Every step Pecos High Senior Hector Roman Jr. takes on the diving board is a second chance at life and his sport.
"It taught me God works miracles," Hector Roman Sr, said. "Hector isn't back to 100 percent physically, but to me he is 100 percent just being alive."
Back in January, Roman fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a chain link fence. A 28 foot long pole impaled Roman Jr. chest missing his lungs by an inch and his heart by half that.
"This is a part of the pipe that went through Hector's chest," Coach Joan Capshaw said, "I keep this in my top drawer now to remind myself of how far we've come, sometimes I have to use it to remind Hector."
Roman still holds his high school's all time high score for the one meter dive, a record he hopes to beat this year.
"I am still not 100 percent, but almost," Roman Jr., said.
Coach Capshaw says the months out of the water, in rehab and at the doctor's office will mean Hector will need to work that much harder to reach his goals.
"My goal right now is to win regionals again and go to state," he said, "I've got a lot of determination after my wreck."
He's also got his family, coaches and his team behind him.
"I hope it inspires others that just having that human spirit inside of you that you can accomplish anything that you want to accomplish," Roman Sr., said.
Swimming is still too painful for Roman, who hasn't fully regained his strength. This year he'll devote his attention solely on diving.
You can catch Roman and the rest of the Pecos Eagles, 2007-2008 Regional Champions, Saturday at the Pecos High Natatorium as they take on Abilene Wylie.