Coming off a historic season which saw both the Lady Demons and Demons swim team have their best finishes at state, the Duncan swim team is ready to open season with a young team.
While they got to finish the season last year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there was some worry about how the upcoming season would look for Duncan swim.
Coach Andrew Bowers, who is beginning his 10th season as the head coach for Duncan swim, said the opener is exciting for him and his teams who were just hoping for a season.
“We are really excited to get our season going,” Bowers said. “The swimmers have been a little on edge, worrying about if they will be able to compete or not, so knowing that we will be able to at least start our season is a huge boost to their morale.”
The last two seasons have seen talented groups graduate or move to virtual online school as 28 swimmers have moved past their Duncan swimming careers. Bowers just wants to get his team’s feet wet in the season opener.
“We have a really young team this year, so our main goal right now is to just get in the pool and race,” Bowers said. “Our younger group has a ton of potential, are very coachable and they are extremely hard workers. We are excited to see how much they’ve improved since the offseason started.”
Even though they will rely on some young swimmers, the Duncan swim teams have some returning starters from a team that had the best finish in school history.
Bowers will rely on seniors Mayson Thiebaud, Jacob Riley and Caden Stewart on the boys’ side while also having seniors Hope Swor, Jaycee Santos and juniors Gaby Glover and Stephanie Elser who were on some of the state relay teams a year ago.
Senior night will be a part of the season opener that begins at 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at The Simmons Center as they Demons will honor their seven seniors before the action begins.
The seven seniors are Thiebaud, Riley, Stewart, Swor, Santos, Nicole Pollock and Jameson Payne. The seniors will receive their honors around 4:40 p.m. Nov. 3 as teams like all of the Putnam City schools, Bethany and Marlow competing in the meet.
Bowers said it will be a good measuring stick to see how the teams stack up to begin the 2020-2021 campaign.
“Even though we are a young team, our potential says that we can still compete at a high level,” Bowers said. “We will be tested early with class 6A Putnam City North and a solid Bethan team in our first meet. PC North has been a consistent top 10 6A team for a really long time and Bethany is a program that has seen a huge growth and big improvement in recent years.”