Ocean City Today

Decatur secures team victory with 400 free relay win

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Jan 25, 2018

(Jan. 26, 2018) The swim meet last Thursday between Stephen Decatur and Cape Henlopen came down to the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay race.

Decatur took first and third place in the event to win the competition at the Salisbury YMCA, 88-82.

“It was really exciting … it was back and forth the entire meet,” Decatur Coach Steve Deakyne said. “Cape would go up by a couple points and then we would tie it up. That happened three times. It was tied up 78-78 going into the final relay.”

Sophomores Hunter Grunewald and Richard Poist, freshman Jack Slaysman and junior Chase Deickman won the 400-yard freestyle relay race in 3:43.12.

Decatur’s third-place team consisted of freshmen Luke Crisanti and Nick Cardamone, junior Wyatt Sperry and senior captain Kevin Williams (4:00.03).

The 200-yard freestyle relay team also was victorious. Crisanti, Slaysman and seniors Liam Deck and Ryan Duncan recorded a time of 1:40.20.

In addition, Williams won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.51).

“The meet stayed really close because we got second and third in nearly every event that they won,” Deakyne said. “The boys really stepped up and performed well. It was definitely the most exciting meet of the year and we are very proud of all our swimmers.”

Although Coach Mary Hathaway was pleased with the Lady Seahawks’ performance, Decatur lost 91-79 to Cape.

“Even though we didn’t win, the competition was great for the girls,” Hathaway said. “Lots of personal bests and improvements in time. When we swim a hard team it pushes us to get better.”

Seahawks who won their individual events were: freshman Taylor Barrett (200-yard freestyle, 2:16.61) and juniors Allison Hunter (500-yard freestyle, 5:59.47) and Kirsten Graham (100-yard butterfly, 1:02.97; 100-yard backstroke, 1:04.49).

Graham, Barrett, Hunter and junior Abby Crisanti won the 400-yard freestyle relay race in 4:70.30.

Decatur will compete against the Queen Anne’s Lions on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.


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