Duncan’s Rene Swor: Mom of the Month – Presented by Bank of Commerce

If you’ve spent any time around Duncan High School, chances are you’ve crossed paths with Rene Swor. The swim mom has worn many hats in support of his children who all attended school at Duncan.

“I am a swim mom and a low-key bank mom. In the past, I have been a choir mom. All three of my girls have swam for Andrew Bowers. Hope is a junior at Duncan High School and Jill is an eighth grader at Duncan Middle School. Savanna is a 2014 graduate who picked up swimming her junior year of high school,” Rene said. “Hope plans to finish out high school on the swim team before starting a pre-med program in college. Jill has plans to join the DHS swim team her freshman year. She is a former Bison swimmer. Jill is currently a flute player in the DMS band.”

Whether it’s work or school, Rene’s daughters are always busy with something.

“Savanna is employed at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. Hope and Jill are both leaders in our church youth group, and both have attended STEM/Leadership activities for the last several years. Hope plans to become a Psychiatrist and Jill is currently focused on becoming a Pediatrician,” Rene said.

The current booster club secretary and timer for home meets, is proud of the community of Duncan and the swim family she has gained over the years.

“I’ve had the rare privilege of watching coach Bowers start his coaching career (two weeks before the start of the 2012 season), learning hard lessons, and building a program from a somewhat chaotic team to what has been deemed #SWAMILY – a community of students who train together, play together, compete together, and encourage each other. He has come full-circle at DHS. Former student turned teacher and coach,” said Rene.

As a small business owner, Rene brings a lot of experience to the booster clubs she serves on.

“The one unique thing I bring to the table is being a small business owner (Big Air Waketowers) for nearly 25 years, I know how to organize. I collected the items parents secured from local businesses, created raffle ticket packets for each team member, and bring said items to each home meet to be raffled off by coach Bowers during the break,” she explained.

Rene said there are many rewards for being involved in the program.

“The most rewarding aspect of my volunteering is getting to see the DHS swim team grow and improve every year. These kids like being around each other in and out of the pool. Several of the swimmers attend the local Main Street Duncan Christmas Parade riding on our company boat, while tossing super balls to the crowd. My husband Loren and I have done this the past two years and are impressed with the fact that the kids are able to refrain from pelting anyone but the Judges, with the super balls. We’ve managed to win 2ndplace in the “most creative” float the last two years as well. I’m pretty sure we beat the votes out every year as the announcer finally ducked in preparation of our drive-by in last Saturday’s parade.”