Ocean City Today

Several SD swimmers earn awards during state meet

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Mar 01, 2018
Courtesy of: MARY HATHAWAY he Stephen Decatur girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay team placed fifth during 3A/2A/1A state cham- pionship meet, held at Eppley Recreation Center on the University of Maryland-College Park campus, last Saturday. Pictured, in front, are freshman Taylor Barrett, left, and junior Allison Hunter, and in back, sophomore Kiley Hamby, left, and junior Kirsten Graham.

(March 2, 2018) Several Stephen Decatur female swimmers earned spots on the podium for placing top-eight in their events during the 3A/2A/1A state championship meet, at Eppley Recreation Center on the University of Maryland-College Park campus, last Saturday.

“The girls overall did great at states. Lots of dropped times,” Coach Mary Hathaway said. “The competition was very fast. Lots of new state records were set [in both boys’ and girls’ events].”

The Decatur girls’ team finished ninth overall at states. Many swimmers recorded their fastest times of the year.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team placed the highest, coming in fifth (1:48.88). The team was made up of freshman Taylor Barrett, juniors Allison Hunter and Kirsten Graham and sophomore Kiley Hamby.

Hunter took sixth in the 500-yard freestyle race (5:40.55). Graham came in seventh in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01:23) and eighth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03:50).

Freshman Alexis Rakow, Hunter, Graham and Hamby finished seventh in the 200-yard medley relay race (1:59.82).

Team points were scored in each event, up to 16th place. Lady Seahawks who scored additional points for Decatur were Rakow (100-yard backstroke, 12th, 1:05.37) and Barrett (200-yard freestyle, 13th, 2:12.28).

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Rakow, Hamby, Barrett and sophomore Mikayla Denault finished 11th (4:07.77).

The Decatur boys’ squad placed 18th overall out of 28 teams who scored points.

“I think the boys did a great job at states,” Coach Steve Deakyne said. “It was great that our team got to be a part of that high-level competition and it gave them something to strive for in the future.”

Boys who scored points for the team were: sophomore Richard Poist (100-yard backstroke, 12th, 1:01.81) and senior captain Kevin Williams (200-yard freestyle, 16th, 2:03.94; 100-yard breaststroke, 16th, 1:07.07),

Poist, sophomore Hunter Grunewald, junior Chase Deickman and freshman Jack Slaysman finished 11th in the 400-yard freestyle relay race (3:42.83).

The 200-yard medley relay team of Poist, Williams, Deickman and senior Ryan Duncan placed 15th (1:51.61).

Slaysman, Duncan and seniors Liam Deck and co-captain Hayden Zaiser came in 15th in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:39.07).

There were a few swimmers who had standout performances,” Deakyne said. “Jack Slaysman (17th place) and [freshman] Patrick O’Halloran (22nd) had their best times of the year in the 200 IM, with times of 2:19.33 and 2:26.22, respectively,” he said. “Richard Poist had his best time of the year in the 100 backstroke. Kevin Williams had his best time in the 100 breaststroke. The 200 free and 400 free relays had best times as well.”

Both Decatur teams had a successful season.

The boys’ squad finished with an 8-1 record. The team was undefeated against Maryland schools. The Seahawks also captured the 3A/2A/1A East Region title.

“This season went great,” Deakyne said. “Our swimmers saw a ton of improvement, finished the season undefeated in Maryland and were regional champions for the first time since 2011.”

The team will graduate eight swimmers.

“This is our largest of the four classes and includes both key contributors and many of the swimmers that provided a lot of the depth to our team,” Deakyne said.

Despite graduating strong swimmers, Deakyne thinks the boys’ team will be strong again next year.

“Although we will be losing a lot of seniors, we have a lot of other talented swimmers that will step up to take their place and hopefully have a number of new freshmen that will be joining the team as well,” he said.

The girls’ team went 8-2 this season. The squad placed second overall at regionals.

“The season went really well. The girls pushed through illness and injury to have a wonderful record,” Hathaway said. “We will lose four seniors – Lily Rakow, Jamie Ditzel, Fallon Brown and Jenna Shumate.

“The girls team should continue to grown next year. I am looking forward to another great season,” she added.


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