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December 10, 2012

Uncharted Waters

Boles a pioneer for Marlow swimming

Evan Grice
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DUNCAN — If you’re going to branch out and be different, you might as well make a splash while doing so.

That’s exactly what  Marlow freshman Brittany Boles is doing ... literally.

While the Outlaws are known for their proud tradition in football, basketball, softball and baseball, the sport of swimming can now be added to that list.

“I started swimming in second grade with the sharks, and I didn’t want to stop so I kept going,” Boles said. “Swimming is a really big challenge and it’s something that not everyone else does. I’ve always loved being in the water, and we’ve always had a pool in our backyard. My mom taught me the basics when I was tiny and I’ve just learned from there.”

Boles added she had to go through a small process before she could be allowed to fully compete with the DHS swim team.

“The Marlow superintendent and the principal had to sign papers, along with Duncan so I could compete with the swim team,” Boles said. “I also had to get a release to come here during seventh hour to practice.”

In her first season as the lone member of the Outlaws swim team, Boles has wasted little time in making her mark as a competitor, as she has compiled solid times in each of her events, qualifying her for the state meet in the process.

“It’s pretty cool, because this is the first high school sport I’ve ever done,” Boles said about representing Marlow High School. “No one else has ever done it like I have. There’s been people who have swam before, but never competed like this. Everyone around Marlow knows I swim, but I sometimes get stopped in the hallway by teachers and other people. I don’t really feel special, but it’s a cool feeling for me.”

Duncan coach Andrew Bowers admitted he’s very excited to see Brittany set an example as a swimmer for Marlow.

“It’s really awesome, and I hope she can bring some more people out from Marlow to help build the program,” he said. “Brittany is doing a great job and leading by example for our girls team. She brings a sense of community amongst us and is a very talented swimmer. There is a lot of potential for her to be really good.”

Boles added she feels a sense of motivation when her opponents notice her Marlow swim cap before the start of a race.

“I always hear people saying ‘Who’s that girl?’ when they see the Marlow swim cap on my head,” she said. “They don’t think I’ll be very good. But, when we get in the water and the race ends up being very close, then it’s a good feeling they know who I am.”