Honoring their seven seniors before the first meet of the 2020-2021 season, the Duncan swim teams dived into the new season with two team victories and several top individual finishes.
The seniors had a big night in helping the relay teams take the first two events with the Lady Demons winning by seven seconds and the boys team winning by 15 seconds.
Junior Gaby Glover had a big part of the girls winning the first medley race and also took home the second individual first place finish in the 50-meter freestyle and finished first in the 100 freestyle.
The first individual finish went to junior Stephanie Elser, who won the 200 meter individual medley race and beat her personal best time from a year ago to start the meet off in strong fashion.
One of the senior girls in Hope Swor won the 100 backstroke while placing second in the 100 freestyle.
The Duncan Lady Demons also had two new racers making their career debut for Duncan.
Whitley Brown and Rylee Branch had significant time drops, according to Duncan head coach Andrew Bowers, with Branch finishing seventh in the 50 free to round out the girl swimming events.
On the boys’ side, three seniors dominated their individual swims while also doing well in the relay team events.
Senior Mayson Theibaud won the 100 freestyle race in big fashion as he beat Marlow’s Luke Banks by eight seconds.
Junior Lucas Cantero placed second in the 400 freestyle race.
Caden Stewart won the 100 backstroke race while other seniors in Jacob Riley and Thiebaud placed first and second in the 100 breaststroke race to keep Duncan in the win category to start the year.
The Lady Demons’ swim team had 338 team points and finished above Putnam City North while the boys had 389 points and finished ahead of Putnam City North as well.
Bowers was happy with the result and said the veteran leadership was evident in helping the new swimmers place well in the events, though he has seen improvement in just one week’s time.
“This was an excellent start to the season against some really good teams. Our new swimmers have come such a long way in just the last week, while our veterans showed some great leadership and are starting to walk alongside the new swimmers instead of in front of them,” Bowers said. “This group really came together last night and it was truly a team win. I am excited to see what we can accomplish as we continue to grow and our team chemistry gets closer every day.”
With the season underway, the next meet for the 2020-2021 season will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at Altus High School, where Duncan will look to improve on their perfect start.