Stephanie Elser

Stephanie Elser swam in the season opening meet back in mid-November. Most recently Elser won two events this past Thursday in the first of two meets in a row.

Facing off in a road test that was the first meet of the season without fans in attendance, the Duncan Lady Demons’ swim team took first while the Duncan boys’ swim team took second in Lawton.

Hosted by Lawton Public Schools, the Lady Demons faced of against all of the Lawton Schools, Marlow and Elgin, and had several top finishes to take home the title in the road meet.

It started off with a team win in the 200-yard medley relay race as the team of Hope Swor, Stephanie Elser, Jordan Patterson and Rylee Branch took home first after beating Eisenhower by .11 seconds.

The same 200-relay team for the boys in the second event took home the second spot by finishing behind MacArthur with the team of Caden Stewart, Jacob Riley, Mayson Thiebaud and Aiden Locke coming in with at time of 1:58.44.

Morgan Warren, from Marlow, got the first individual win from the area teams as she won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:32.51 while Gage Davoult got the first individual boys’ win for Marlow High School by winning the 200-yard individual medley race.

Elser, for the first time in her career, raced the 100-butterfly event and won the event by beating Eisenhower’s Cathlien Spangle with a time of 1:37.31 to get Duncan’s first individual victory.

The Duncan Lady Demons had some personal best times in the 100-yard freestyle with Swor finishing second overall with the personal bests coming from Aspen Condit and Catherine Hunter.

Condit dropped 32 seconds in the race for a time of 1:26.06 while Hunter had a 10 second drop to bring her personal best now to 1:27.61 for that race.

Jordan Patterson was the next Lady Demons’ racer to finish with an individual title as she won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 7:38.41.

Karsten Terrell, from Marlow, got the next win from the area teams as Terrell won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:50.17 while Elser got her second win of the night in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:32.93.

Demons swim coach Andrew Bowers said he was proud of the way the girls came in and won the meet. He also said he was also proud of the new swimmers for gaining confidence.

“I thought the girls raced very well. We talked all week about having a workmanlike mentality coming into this meet, and the girls did just that. They were able to place 1st or 2nd in just about every race,” Bowers said. “Our newer swimmers are gaining confidence with every swim and are starting to really believe in their potential. I have no doubt that if we can get healthy and full strength in February, we will finish very well.”

The Lawton meet was the first of two back-to-back meets as Duncan hosted the second one on Dec. 18 at the Simmons Center.

Results from the home swim meet hosted on Dec. 18 will appear in the Tuesday edition of The Duncan Banner.

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