Ocean City Today

Decatur swim teams record big victories over Pocomoke

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 21, 2017

(Dec. 22, 2017) The Stephen Decatur swim teams won nearly every race during Tuesday’s meet against the Pocomoke Warriors at the Pocomoke YMCA.

The Lady Seahawks did earn victories in all 11 events. They outscored Pocomoke 135-20.

“The girls swam well. They are dropping time nicely and are looking strong,” Decatur Coach Mary Hathaway said. “They are improving their endurance and technique.”

Decatur swimmers who won their individual races were senior Fallon Brown (50-yard freestyle, 27.44 seconds), juniors Abby Crisanti (100-yard freestyle, 1:06.09), Kirsten Graham (100-yard butterfly, 1:04.44; 100-yard backstroke, 1:07.02) and Allison Hunter (500-yard freestyle, 6:05.43), sophomores Kiley Hamby (200IM, 2:37.31) and Mikayla Denault (100-yard breaststroke, 1:22.56) and freshman Taylor Barrett (200-yard freestyle, 2:22.18).

Junior Divina Graybill joined Hunter, Graham and Crisanti for the 200-yard medley relay race. They won in 2:10.81.

Barrett, Crisanti, Denault and Brown were victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:58.01).

Graham, Barrett, Hunter and Brown outswam their competition in the 400-yard freestyle relay event (4:21.37).

This was Decatur’s final meet before the Christmas break. Hathaway said the squad, which is 3-1, would practice over the vacation.

“Over break, we just want to keep the work they have done on their endurance,” she said. “We will continue to build and fine-tune in order to maintain their current level, despite the break from school and competition.”

The Decatur boys’ team won 129-30 over Pocomoke. The Seahawks scored victories in 10 of the 11 events.

“They did well,” Decatur Coach Steve Deakyne said. “They were pushing hard.”

Taking first place in individual events were seniors Kevin Williams, a team captain, (200-yard freestyle, 2:13.04; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:09.71) and Ryan Duncan (100-yard butterfly, 1:10.60), junior Chase Deickman (500-yard freestyle, 5:54.05), sophomore Hunter Grunewald (100-yard backstroke, 1:09.20) and freshmen Jack Slaysman (100-yard freestyle, 56.48 seconds) and Patrick O’Halloran (200IM, 2:31.39).

Sophomore Richard Poist joined Williams, Duncan and Deickman for the 200-yard medley relay race. They won in 1:57.34.

Grunewald, O’Halloran, Duncan and Slaysman came in first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:42.89).

Poist, Deickman, Grunewald and Slaysman scored a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay event (3:57.12).

“We’re off to a great start. We’re undefeated (4-0),” Deakyne said. “We’ve got to keep the momentum going. We’re starting to get an idea where their strengths are. Over break, we’ll work on staying in shape and some technique work too.”

The next swim meet is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m. against the Kent County Trojans at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

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