Ocean City Today

SD swim teams earn wins over Cambridge

Coaches pleased with performance; boys and girls show improvement
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 14, 2017

(Dec. 15, 2017) Both Stephen Decatur swim teams won Tuesday’s meet against the Cambridge Vikings at the Pocomoke YMCA.

The Decatur boys’ squad topped Cambridge, 124-45. The Seahawks earned first place in 10 of the 11 events.

Swimmers who won their individual races were senior captain Kevin Williams (500-yard freestyle, 6:12.65; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:11.87), junior Chase Deickman (100-yard backstroke, 1:04.87; 100-yard freestyle, 54.71 seconds), sophomore Richard Poist (200-yard freestyle, 2:13; 100-yard butterfly, 1:05.75) and freshman Jack Slaysman (200 IM, 2:25.30).

Poist, Williams, Deickman and senior Ryan Duncan outswam their competition in the 200-yard medley relay race (1:55.02).

Poist, Slaysman, sophomore Hunter Grunewald and senior captain Hayden Zaiser were victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:42.65).

Freshman Patrick O’Halloran joined Williams, Grunewald and Deickman for the 400-yard relay race. The boys won in 3:58.47.

“They swam well. We saw some improved times from the first meet, which was good,” Decatur Coach Steve Deakyne said. “It was a good effort all around. We’re off to a really good start. The boys’ team is really deep this year. They’re exceeding expectations.”

The Lady Seahawks outscored their opponent 118-52. Decatur came in first place in nine of the 11 races.

Girls who earned victories in their individual events were senior Fallon Brown (200-yard freestyle, 2:11.18; 100-yard butterfly, 1:07.68), juniors Allison Hunter (500-yard freestyle, 6:05.12) and Kirsten Graham (100-yard backstroke, 1:06.47) sophomore Kiley Hamby (200 IM, 2:37.83) and freshman Taylor Barrett (100-yard freestyle, 1:02.34).

Graham, Brown, Hunter and sophomore Mikayla Denault took first in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:05.76).

Senior captain Jamie Ditzel joined Graham, Barrett and Brown for the 200-yard freestyle relay race. The girls won in 1:54.26.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hamby, Denault, Barrett and junior Abby Crisanti also placed first (4:26.93).

“They did awesome. They swam hard. They’ve shown improvement since the first meet,” Decatur Coach Mary Hathaway said. “We’re working things out. We’re putting kids in new events and they’re rising to the challenge. We look forward to seeing times drop. I like how they’re coming together as a team.”

Deakyne and Hathaway said they are moving swimmers around in different events to see where they perform best and what will benefit the teams.

The next swim meet is Tuesday against the Pocomoke Warriors at the Pocomoke YMCA beginning 3:30 p.m.

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