Post season for the Duncan swim teams started this past Friday and for the first time in school history they had their best finish in the first of thee post season action at the conference meet in Lawton.
The Duncan Lady Demons swim team placed second with 143 points, their best in school history, and was very close to taking top honors had a couple more races went their way.
The Altus Lady Bulldogs finished first with 154 points while the Duncan Demons boys team placed third behind Altus and MacArthur as the girls side had several school and conference records broken.
The Duncan Lady Demons swim team in the 200 medley relay placed second with a time of 2:07.26 and was .4 behind first place Altus in the race.
With the time, the new school record is currently held by the team of Hope Swor, Madelyn Harper, Linsay Cox and Gaby Glover.
In the 50 freestyle, the Lady Demons senior Harper got the first victory of the night as she also set a new school and conference record with a time of 25.62 seconds in the race.
The record was held by Duncan All-Stater Mora Bivens who broke the record last year making Harper the second Duncan swimmer to break the record in a row.
Glover had a big evening with a bronze medal in the 50 and 100 freestyle races while the 100 butterfly race had Lady Demons swimmers finish second, third and fourth.
Cox finished second, Cambry May finished third and Tori Bates got the fourth place finish to help Duncan take home some awards in that race.
Swor brought home a bronze in the 500 freestyle race while the last two relay girls teams got silver medals before a second gold was coming home with Harper.
Harper got the win in the 100 backstroke race with a time of 1:05.65 which was almost three seconds better than the Altus swimmer to win the final race on the girls side.
Ethan Smith had a big day at the conference meet for the Demons as he got the only gold for the boys side winning the 100 freestyle race with a time of 53.40 seconds.
The relay teams on the boys side got three bronze medals, Smith got a silver medal in the 50 freestyle and Dax Alston got a silver medal in the 100 backstroke race.
Duncan High School swim coach Andrew Bowers said he was proud of both teams and how they competed in the Southwest Conference Championships.
“The girls were so close to winning this meet. They swam so well all night. They stepped up and swam well in every event,” Bowers said. “Altus is perhaps the #1 team in our regional, so for us to be just seconds away from winning the meet, I hope that is a big confidence boost for our girls. The boys are a bit shorthanded right now, we are still trying to figure out our relays. They swam very well. Altus, again, is probably the #1 team in our regional and the Mac boys are vastly improved.”
Regionals will take place starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7 with all of the preliminaries starting that day and then back at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 for the chance to get into the Class 5A State Swim meet.
The Regional meet will take place at Mitch Park in Edmond with the state meeting taking place in Jenks, Oklahoma starting on Feb. 21st and ending on Feb. 22 if the Demons and Lady Demons qualify.