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January 23, 2014

Swimmers focused on conference

DUNCAN — The Duncan swim team returned to its usual practice facility Wednesday, as The Simmons Center pool was reopened.

“It’s definitely a good feeling,” said Demon coach Andrew Bowers. “We will be able to get into shape just in time for regionals.”

But despite not having the pool available for practice most of the season, the Demon swimmers have done quite well for themselves.

The Duncan boys won a five-team meet in Lawton Tuesday, bettering the three Lawton schools — Lawton High, Eisenhower and MacArthur — and Enid.

“That’s saying something beating Enid, which is a very good Class 6A team, as well as Lawton High, another solid 6A team,” Bowers said.

The boys took first in the 100 meter freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Damon Demar took first in the 50 meter freestyle and Chad Harp was third, and Charles Espinola won the 100 backstroke.

Duncan’s Brennan DeHart was second in the 100 freestyle and Harp was third and A.J. Stewart was second in the 100 breaststroke.

The Demon girls had good showings as well. Hannah Lonney was fourth in the 200 meter freestyle, Tabatha Butcher was fourth in the 500 freestyle and Alex Turkett was fourth in the 100 freestyle. Leah Kafer placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke.

“We’ve been successful even though we basically haven’t had a pool” for practices, Bowers said.

Stewart and Turkett said team unity has been key to the Duncan swimmers performing well despite the adversity.

“Definitely, the last few weeks, we have gotten really close,” Stewart said.

This season saw the Demons use the pool at Quality Inn-Duncan for practices, when The Simmons Center pool was closed for maintenance issues.

“That small pool definitely made us closer,” Turkett said.

The swimmers will now prepare for the conference meet Jan. 30 in Altus. Bowers said the swimmers have a good idea about what to expect at conference, having swam against conference opponents Altus, MacArthur and Eisenhower in recent meets.

“We know exactly what to expect, and we definitely have a chance to go compete and put on a good show,” he said.

The Demons are focused on getting swimmers qualified for state. Although pool issues made things difficult at times, the swimmers pulled together and are confident.

“We’ll definitely try to do our best,” Turkett said.

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