Five Stephens County swimmers are coming home with some new awards after Bison Aquatic Club completed their summer season at the AAU Junior Olympics in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Facing some of the toughest competition to date, the Bison as a team finished eighth and third among non-aggregate teams in the national competition.
Most of the teams they faced were all-star teams or aggregate teams and Bison was one of few teams that have been together the whole season.
Duncan Bison Aquatic Coach Andrew Bowers said that his swimmers all improved their time and he was proud of the way his team trained all summer season.
“Our swimmers had some of the biggest time drops in all of the meet. The way our training is set up gives us a big opportunity to drop time and set personal records,” Bowers said. “Our kids, across the board, probably dropped more time than any other team in the meet.”
In the 13 & 14 year old age group Gage Davoult and Karsten Terrell had strong finishes. Terrell scored 72 points and Davoult scored 44 points in the whole weekend event.
The other three racers from Stephens County were featured in the 15-18 year old age group with Ethan Smith, Braylen Sullivan and Mayson Thiebaud all competing in several events.
Smith had season best times in his respective races, while Thiebaud had the biggest drop with a 20 second drop in the 200 meter individual medley race.
With the summer season finished, Bowers said Bison will be gearing up for the short course season which begins in October and he was very thankful for the city pool being open to train this summer.
“This meet marks the end of the summer season, but we are already training for the short course season, which will start ramping up in October,” Bowers said. “We have had a tremendous summer, being able to train at the city pool, which is set up for long course (50 meters long), I believe will give us a leg up when short course season comes around.”
Bowers believes the momentum for the summer season will help going forward into the winter season.
“The swimmers that went to JO are going to come back with a lot of momentum. I think they are all excited for the winter,” Bowers said.
The full results for the Stephens County Bison Swimmers are as follows:
13 & 14 year old age group
Gage Davoult: Scored 44 points: 200m Free (16th), 100m Fly (7th), 50m Free (14th), 200m IM (13th), 400m Free (7th), 100m Breaststroke (7th), 100m Free (23rd)
Karsten Terrell: Scored 72 points: 200m Free (8th), 100m Fly (11th), 50m Free (6th), 100m Backstroke (4th), 200m Backstroke (5th), 100m Free (6th)
15-18 year old age group
Ethan Smith: 400m Medley Relay (12th), 50m Free (33rd), 100m Back (36th), 400m Free Relay (15th), 200m Free Relay (9th), 100m Breaststroke (53rd), 100m Free (39th). Ethan had season best times in every event.
Braylen Sullivan: 200m Breaststroke (18th), 400m Medley Relay (12th), 50m Free (39th), 200m IM (42nd), 100m Back (51st), 400m Free Relay (13th), 200m Free Relay (9th), 100m Breaststroke (25th), 100m Free (50th).
Mayson Thiebaud: 200m Free (54th), 200m Breaststroke (9th), 400m Medley Relay (9th), 50m Free (63rd), 200m IM (38th - 20 second drop!), 400m Free Relay (15th), 200m Free Relay (15th), 100m Breaststroke (18th), 100m Free (66th), 200m Medley Relay (9th)