Chickasha swim took one last chance to compete in front of a home crowd in their final home meet of the season on Thursday.
The homecoming brings to a head a marathon of meets, which has seen the swimmers vastly improve their times in the run-in to regionals. The mood in the Fightin' Chicks swim camp is full of joy, and the continued to show their progress in the USAO Field House pool.
"It's better than what I thought," head coach Terri Campo said. "We have a lot of seniors, and I think they realize this is it. They went to state last year, and they have their eyes on it again."
With three seniors in the team, the girls' 200 meter medley relay improved their seed time by 12 seconds to finish in 2:54.33 for fifth place. The boys' team, with two seniors, won their competition with a time of 2:15.76.
In that relay team is Andrew Ross, who went on to shed nine seconds off his 200 meter freestyle time to place second in 2:36.69. Madison Rivas, also a senior, placed fourth in the girls event in 2:57. Erin Chambers placed third in a time of 34.53 seconds, slightly better than her seed time, in the girls 50 meter freestyle.
Chickasha was competing with schools that they have grown all too familiar with. The swimmers have seen that level of competition -- including Moore, Lawton High, Lawton-Mac, and Lawton-Eisenhower -- in the three meets leading up to this.
"It's good competition," Campo said. "The way this happened, a lot of schools lost meets during the ice storm. So, everyone was trying to make up. I'm in the middle, so we all got together to see if USAO would give us the pool one more time.
"The kids are really pumped, because they want to do better than the last time we swam against them."
Sophomore Dale Courtney came in first in 5:01.56 in the boys' 400 meter freestyle, five seconds better than his seed time. Later the girls' 200 meeter freestyle relay team placed second in an improved time of 2:20.8. The boys won their event in 1:56.49, a one second improvement.
"I think it's their time," Campo said. "They're typical kids. I yell at them in practice all the time, and they come out here and give me a reason to smile. I guess they're determined."
Chickasha has one more meet left on Jan. 23 before taking part in conference on Jan. 27 in Harrah. They then have another meet sandwiched between that and regionals in early February.