Going full force in practice for over a month now, the Duncan Lady Demons and Demons swim teams are ready to dive into action with the upcoming season opener.
A season ago, the Duncan Lady Demons finished 10th overall in the Class 5A State Tournament and the Demons finished 5th, marking their best finish in school history.
However, the 2021-2022 season will see a new coach in Nolan Price who joins after former Coach Andrew Bowers left the district. Under the direction of Price, the athletes prepare for the first meet of the new year, which will take place at home.
Price, in his first head coaching role at the Oklahoma High School swim ranks, has worked with his team the last month to prepare for the opening and feels excited to get the season going.
“As a team, we are looking pretty good and we have put in a lot of work the last month and a half that we have been able to swim,” Price said. “The season’s looking pretty good and we’re hoping to get to a good start with the meet tomorrow … a good win is what we are hoping for and what we have a good chance of.”
Price said the team has a balance of experience and age as the squad is led by eight seniors, 10 juniors, 12 sophomores and 10 freshman.
“We’ve got a pretty good balance on age and years as well and that will help in the long run,” Price said. “The passion is there, which is really good to do well, and the age difference means we’ve got a solid team going forward and also have a team that will do well this year.”
Price believes this program is in good shape because of what Bowers did to build the program. He hopes to build it even more while having his own goals for the whole team.
“Me and Coach Alston, who is my assistant, are really excited.The base for what I came into is amazing. Coach Bowers did an amazing job of growing this program and building an amazing culture,” Price said. “All we are doing is getting down and dirty with the details of competition swimming and continuing to build what he built
“The culture of the team is amazing,” he said. “So all we are doing is getting down in the details and I feel like we are continuing that pace and continuing to take that next step (to become) a top tier team at state by the end of the year. We have got a lot of work to do to get there but I think we can do it if we continue to keep up the work.”
After talking with his team, Price said immediate goals include to beat Altus in the conference meet and finish in the top 3 of the Class 5A in Regionals and State.
“We are putting in a lot of work in the pool and we are swimming about 4-5,000 yards a day,” Price said. “One of the top goals is to beat Altus this year at conference and I believe as long as we put in that work, we will be able to do that. They also want a top 3 finish at Regionalss and State and to do it, we have to work at it.”
The first meet will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at The Simmons Center. Duncan will host several teams for the first regular season meet of 2021-2022.