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Sometimes, the best way to get better is to go against the best head-to-head.
That was the case Friday afternoon at the Simmons Center, as the Duncan swim team faced off with district rival Altus in a two-team dual.
While AHS might have claimed victory in the boys’ and girls’ divisions, there was still plenty of reason for Duncan to celebrate in the individual events.
“Altus is a team that we kind of look up to,” Duncan coach Andrew Bowers said. “They bring a lot of kids and parents with them when they travel. We’re trying to build our program into a quality program like theirs. Our athletes can learn a lot from competiting with them.”
In the girls 50 meter freestyle event, Jill Baker and Brittany Boles of Marlow both turned in solid times as the two finished third and fourth with times of 34.46 and 34.63 respectively.
Baker turned in another solid performance in the 100 meter freestyle event, where she took second place with a time of 1:19.49. While Boles took second in the 100 meter backstroke, finishing with a time of 1:31.55
Leah Kafer and RoseMarie Wagonseller took third and fourth in the 100 meter breaststroke event with times of 2:08.73 and 2:13.33.
“I thought overall we swam well,” Bowers said. “Our times keep improving everyday and that’s our goal leading up to the state meet is getting our times qualified.”
Meanwhile, on the boys side, Charles Espinola continued to showcase his talents with a first place finish in the 200 meter individual medley, with a time of 2:28.01 which was seven seconds faster than second place.
Duncan’s relay teams also turned in sold performances as they collected a first place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Brennan DeHart, Mason Lang, Damon Demar and Espinola won the event by 7 1/2 seconds.
Lang also collected a second place finish in the boys 100 meter backstroke event, where he clocked in at 1:12.35.
Duncan will be back at home for a triangular meet with Harrah and Kingfisher on Tuesday afternoon with events starting at 4 p.m. from the Simmons Center.