Hope Swor

Hope Swor had two victories in the final meet for the Lady Demons’ swim team this past Friday at The Simmons Center. 

In the second of two meets happening on back-to-back nights, the Duncan swim teams finished their final meet in the 2020 year against tough 6A opponents.

The Duncan boys’ team finished in the third position behind Mustang and Yukon Public Schools while the girls’ team finished in fourth behind Mustang, Yukon and Elgin.

Both Duncan relay teams finished their first events with the Lady Demons placing sixth in the 200-meter medley relay and the boys’ team finishing third in the same 200-meter medley race.

Hope Swor earned the first top individual finish of the night after finishing second in the 200-meter freestyle while Marlow’s Gage Davoult got the first victory of the area schools in any event.

Davoult finished first in the boys’ 200-meter freestyle event and Duncan’s top finisher was Lucas Cantero, who finished third in the race.

In the boys’ 50-meter freestyle, the Outlaws brought in the top three finishes with Davoult taking his second win, following a second place finish from Karsten Terrell and Luke Banks in third place.

Aiden Locke got the best finish at the time from Duncan in the 50-meter freestyle as he finished sixth in the race.

The next event saw the first win from the Lady Demons in an individual race.

Swor, who finished second earlier in the meet, beat Yukon’s Lynlee Cummings to place first in the Girls, 100-meter freestyle.

Then, the very next event saw the Duncan boys’ first individual win.

Jacob Riley placed first in the 100-meter freestyle. Two other Duncan racers finished right behind him as Caden Stewart finished second and Locke finished third in the event.

Then, Marlow’s boys’ 200-meter freestyle relay team, featuring Banks, Terrell, Braxton Ramsey and 

Davoult, finished first and beat the individual from Yukon by .57 seconds in the race.

The Outlaws’ boys’ swimming team also took a big win in the 400-meter freestyle relay race as the team of Davoult, Banks, Terrell and Ramsey beat Mustang with a time of 4:39.32.

Demons’ head coach Andrew Bowers said he was pleased with the results of the tough meet.

“This was a very tough meet,” Bowers said. “All of the teams were pretty equal in size and speed. Yukon and Mustang are two really good 6A teams. The boys were able to stay within striking distance all night. Being the second half of a back-to-back, we were happy with the results.”

Bowers said they have dealt with some injuries and tough competition to start the year but was happy with the progress despite the limitations, especially as the swimmers test themselves in uncomfortable situations.

“As with just about everyone, we are dealing with quarantines and injuries right now, so we're not at full strength,” Bowers said. “However, I was very proud of our team for competing to the best of their abilities. Several swimmers are being put into tough situations where we need them to swim events that they are not necessarily comfortable with and are new to them, but they have fantastic attitudes and are willing to step up to fill those spots. The adversity that we have faced in the last week or two will only help build our depth, which ultimately will benefit us when we do have everyone available.”

The first meet for the 2021 calendar year will take place on the road as they will swim at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at Edmond’s Mitch Park.

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