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November 12, 2013

Swimmers excited for first meet at home Thursday

DUNCAN — The Demons have had a couple of weeks of pool practice. Now they’ll see how they fare in a meet.

Duncan will host Carl Albert, Midwest City and Del City in a meet Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Simmons Center.

The Simmons Center pool had a new liner installed but issues with the liner meant the Demons were unable to use the pool at first. Junior swimmer Leak Kafer admitted that it was tough not getting to practice in the pool.

Now that they may use the pool, Kafer said it has made a difference, and the swimmers look forward to their first meet.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I really like our meet schedule. I feel we have a really good team. We’ll see how the new people fit in.”

Demon swim coach Andrew Bowers said he has seen much improvement since the swimmers have been able to use the pool. He said the swimmers are ready to go.

“They are definitely ready for a meet against other people and themselves,” he said. “We are in good shape swimming wise, and mentally, we are more than ready.”

Bowers said the meet will serve as a good indicator regarding which events the swimmers will be strongest.

“We have a pretty good idea about where everybody stands, but it’s not as accurate in practice as it is at full speed, when you are swimming against other competition.”

Kafer agreed. She added that the girls team should especially benefit, given that the swimmers’ added dedication and experience means the girls will be able to field relays this season.

“Not as many people could do relays last year, she said. “ But some of the girls last year have become more committed and gotten better than last year, and a couple of girls who were new last year have gotten better.”

Most of all, Kafer said, the swimmers want to do their best as they open the season.

“We want everyone to put forth as much effort as they can and get the feel for where we are at,” she said.

Carl Albert, Midwest City and Del City should make for a good field of competitors, Bowers said, thus helping the Duncan swimmers to improve.

DEMON NOTES: The Demons have made a slight adjustment to their schedule. A home meet scheduled for Dec. 12 against Harrah will now be held at Harrah. The meet’s location was moved because the Simmons Center pool will be closed at that time. Bowers said, because the closure will mostly occur during the holiday break, that the Demons shouldn’t have their practices affected that much.

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