The Duncan Banner

February 14, 2013

Duncan swimmers heading to state meet

Evan Grice
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — All season long, the Duncan swim team has been working towards one goal: the state meet.

Today will see just how much their hard work has paid off.

Starting at 5 p.m. the 2013 State Swim meet will begin from the Jenks Aquatic Center in Jenks, Oklahoma.

“We’re expecting big things,” Bowers said. “I expect all four of these guys to place and perform very well. We want to qualify first and get in the fastest heat for Saturday. The atmosphere should amp them up and help them swim their fastest times of the season.”

Senior Mason Lang, juniors Damon Demar and Brennan DeHart, along with freshman Charles Espinola will be the representatives from Duncan High School going for the gold.

“I’m really nervous right now,” Espinola said. “I feel like I’m going to get eaten alive because I’m a freshman that qualified for state. I’m lucky that I qualified for state because most freshmen who swim don’t make it this far. I’ll be going up against some really good seniors and I’m just hoping for the best.”

Espinola’s lone individual event, the 100 meter butterfly, sees the freshman seeded ninth with a time of 1:00.14.

In the 100 meter freestyle event, DeHart is seeded 11th with a time of 54.33. Fort Gibson’s Brandon Walker is the top-overall seed with a time of 51.16.

With the 50 meter freestyle event, Demar will be seeded 19th overall with a time of 24.32. Claremore’s Tyler Nichols holds the top spot with a time of 22.47.

Lang will look to improve on a 16th overall seed as he goes into the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 1:04.38 with Bixby’s Bryan Lee holding top honors with a time of 56.06.

In the 200 medley relay, Duncan is seeded eighth overall with a time of 1:52.83, while the Demons claimed ninth in the 200 meter freestyle relay, and sixth overall in the 400 meter freestyle relay competition.