The summer swim season for the Bison Aquatic Club is wrapping up as over 30 racers beat the clock with several setting new record times in the attempt to qualify for the AAU Junior Olympics.
Club teams from Lawton, Edmond and Duncan came to The Simmons Center and nine swimmers from the Stephens County Bison team competed to be a part of the 33 that qualified for Junior Olympics.
The nine swimmers representing Stephens County had several top finishes in Mora Bivens, Karsten Terrell, Braylen Sullivan, Alexander Cornejo and Gage Davoult who had first place finishes in their heats.
Mayson Thiebaud, Linsay Cox, Ethan Smith and Caleb Warren also had top finishes to qualify in several events for the Bison Aquatic Club.
As the Simmons Center filled with spectators for the 6 p.m. event out of the 26 events, 12 of them were occupied by the Stephens County representation of the Bison Aquatic Club.
Bison Aquatic Club Duncan coach Andrew Bowers said that despite the fast pace of the event, several racers enjoyed success and he was happy with the turnout.
“We had some really great swims from the Duncan area kids. Some of them haven’t competed in about a month. This meet goes really fast, so there is not as much rest time between events,” Bowers said. “However, several of them still set season best times. Overall, the Bison qualified 33 swimmers for the Junior Olympics, plus several who were already qualified prior to the district meet.”
With the Junior Olympics coming up in the next couple of weeks, Bowers said the night went off really well and is happy that swimming is growing in popularity and will represent their community.
“It was a great night for swimming in southern Oklahoma. Our team, which comprises of kids from the Duncan, Lawton and Edmond areas, will go to North Carolina in a couple of weeks and put on a show,” Bowers said. “Swimming is a fast growing sport, and there are some amazing young swimmers in this part of the country. We are excited to go to the Junior Olympics and represent our local communities and our state.”
Bison Aquatic Club and the 33 swimmers qualified will head to Greensboro, North Carolina for the weekend event which takes place July 25-27.