Caden Stewart

Caden Stewart competed earlier this season in the alumni meet. He won a gold medal in the 200-meter back stroke race this past weekend in Duncan’s first road meet in Altus.

In the first road meet of the 2020-2021 season, the Duncan Demons girls’ and boys’ swim team finished second out of four teams, only falling behind host and state contender Altus High School.
The first wins of the night came from the boys’ relay team in the 200 relay when they beat host Altus by less than a second and as the girls finished second in their first relay race.
The girls’ first individual top finish came from senior Hope Swor, who took second in the girls 50-meter freestyle race while also becoming the only individual win of the evening to bring home the gold in the 100-meter freestyle race.
A team comprised of Stephanie Elser, Swor, Jordan Patterson and Jaycee Santos got the 200-meter freestyle relay victory by beating Chickasha by a second to finish out the girls’ events and the top finishes.
Duncan swim coach Andrew Bowers said he was proud of the girls effort and how they competed even with some of them competing for the first time in an event.
“The girls’ team that has been battling several types of adversity in recent weeks still competed very well,” Bowers said. “We had to have several girls swim new events, which some of them did not feel ready for, but they did exactly what we asked them to do, which is give their best effort and race as hard as they can.”
Finishing second as a team as well, the boys had a little bit more success both as a team and individually as two swimmers brought back gold medals in solo events. The boys’ team in total had three gold medal wins throughout the meet.
Caden Stewart took home his first gold in the 200-meter back stroke race with a time of 1:18.09. 
Senior Mayson Thiebaud took home the second gold medal in an individual event.
Theibaud also took the gold in the 200-meter breast stroke race with a time of 1:13.31.
Bowers also mentioned Logan Morris and Korpez Taylor as two swimmers who set their season best times in their respective races.
Morris came in 20 seconds better than his season best in the 400-freestyle coming in fifth with a time of 7:24.91 while Taylor also beat his season best by 20 seconds in the 200-freestyle race. He brought in a time of 1:37.41 and placed ninth overall in the race.
Bowers said the boys had a really good showing against an Altus team who is always tough in competition.
“Altus is always a tough place to swim and they are a perennial powerhouse in 5A. I thought the scores did not reflect how close the meet was,” Bowers said. “We had several races where a second or two made a big difference. As young as our team is, I am really excited about how we are going to progress through the season. Our freshman group is very coachable and they like to compete, which is a great combination.”
The next meet for Duncan will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 at The Simmons Center at home with the Demons taking on Guymon, Heritage Hall, Chickasha, Piedmont and Marlow.

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