Debuting at home for the first meet of the 2021-2022 season, the Duncan Demons won the first swim meet under new head coach Nolan Price by beating Putnam City Schools and Marlow.
The Lady Demons started off with the 200-meter relay with a team of Aspen Condit, Stephanie Elser, Gaby Glover and Cat Hunter finishing second with a time of 2:42.97.
The event then turned attention to the boys’ 200-meter relay team which consisted of Aiden Locke, Logan Morris, Lucas Cantero and Asa Pollock.
This brought the first victory for the Demons as they finished ahead of Putnam City North with a time of 2:18.47 to take top honors in the race for Duncan.
Pollock ended up finishing with runner-up status in the boys’ 200-meter freestyle and Caleb Ramsey finished third in that race as well to get some more points on the boys’ side.
The best event in the early stages came in the girls’ 50-meter freestyle race where Duncan racers took the top 5 spots in the race.
Glover won the race with a time of 31.75 seconds followed by Briana Thomas who finished second with a time of 38.31 seconds.
Maria Macias finished third overall with at time of 39.34 seconds while Whitley Brown finished fourth with a time of 42.37 seconds and in fifth came Jill Swor with a time of 42.59 seconds.
The last part of the event saw Duncan catch their stride as personal bests started to roll in throughout several events.
Cantero set a personal best in the boys’ 100-meter butterfly as he finished with a time of 1:15.85 in second overall with Marlow’s Karsten Terrell finishing first.
Macias joined the party in the next event as she set a personal best in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:33.18. The same event saw Marlow’s Morgan Warren win and Condit from Duncan finish second.
In his second individual event, Cantero set another personal best in the 400-meter freestyle as he finished third overall with a time of 5:39.69 to lead the Demons in that race.
The 200 relay teams competed for the next prizes in the event as the girls’ team consisting of Anna Hutto, Sydney Wood, Macias and Thomas finished second with a time of 2:39.54.
The boys’ 200 relay team clinched another victory for the Duncan swim team as the team consisting of Cody Ramsey, Xavier Mikes, Caleb Ramsey and Morris won with a time of 2:09.62.
With the title wrapped up for the boys’ team after two relay team victories, the girls still looked for the top spot and came up big in the 400-meter relay race with a victory.
The team of Elser, Condit, Hutner and Glover finished their meet by beating Puntam City North with a time of 5:36.44 to out swim the second place team by 11 seconds and secure the girls’ title in the opener.
Price, who just finished his first meet as Duncan’s lead coach of the swim team, took pride in the way his team responded and made several set personal bests.
“Overall it was a great meet, with a lot of personal bests in many events,” Price said. “This is just step one in a long season, and we will continue to work hard in and out of the pool for a chance to fight hard for a top 3 finish in state this year.”
The next meet will take place on the road for Duncan Swim as they dive in at 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at Shawnee for the first of two meets on the week. They will wrap up the week with a 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13 start at Wichita Falls, with the next home meet not taking place until 5 p.m. Nov. 18.