In the first meet of 2021, the Duncan Demons’ swim teams got their first taste of where regionals will take place as the Lady Demons swim team and the Demons swim team finished fifth as a team.
Duncan had two top five finishes on the individual level with Mayson Thiebaud placing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle and as runner up in the 100-yard breaststroke race.
While there were big finishes on the swim team side in the meet at Edmond this past Tuesday, Duncan swim coach Andrew Bowers said some of the young swimmers continued to meet personal records at the meet.
“The competition was extremely tough as we swam against all 6A schools, all 3 Edmond schools, Bixby and Shawnee. These are all teams that will finish in the Top 10. Edmond North, Shawnee and Bixby will all make a run at the 6A state title this year,” Bowers said. “Regardless, it was a great night because we had to step it up quite a bit, plus we got to be in the Edmond pool, which is where Regionals will be. All of our other meets scheduled at Edmond were canceled this year, so we really needed this one to get acclimated to those surroundings, because it is a completely different environment.”
Bowers said some of the girls who stood out in the meet included freshman Catherine Hunter, who dropped 10 seconds in the 200 individual medley, and sophomore Whitley Brown, who also had a great meet.
Brown set a personal record in the 50 and 100 freestyle races while freshman Ixchel Sepulveda had a 10 second drop in the 100 freestyle race.
Jill Swor and Aspen Condit, both freshman, saw huge time drops in the 100 backstroke race and also saw several on the boys’ side swim well and meet personal gains also.
Aiden Locke took a personal best in the 50 freestyle while setting personal records in his relay splits for the team while two freshman also saw personal records in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle race.
Jaret Santos got his personal best in the 50 freestyle alongside Garrett Sneed, who also got his personal best while senior Jesus Castillo set a personal record by 10 seconds in the 100 freestyle race.
Bowers also credited Cody Ramsey and Korpez Taylor, both freshman, who swam in the 100 backstroke event for the first time and looked very good.
Duncan had several top 10 finishes in the meet at Edmond and for Bowers, he believes that will be a good indication on how they will finish the season.
“We treated this meet like a regional meet, so if they placed in the top 10 in this meet, there is a high probability that they will finish that way at State as well, and we had several swimmers accomplish that,” Bowers said. “More than half of our swims went for season best or personal record times, which at this point of the season, especially coming off of Christmas break so soon, is fantastic. We were very happy with the level that we competed at and this gives us a really good idea of where we will be by the end of the season.”
The Duncan swim teams were scheduled for the PC Invitational as their next meet but that has been canceled, according to Bowers, though they found a replacement at home for that event.
The Demons and Lady Demons will now host at 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Simmons Center and schools coming to the event will include Deer Creek, Putnam City and Marlow.