Ocean City Today

Twenty-one SD swimmers to participate in regional meet

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Feb 15, 2018

(Feb. 16, 2018) Twenty-one swimmers – 11 boys and 10 girls – will compete for Stephen Decatur during the 3A-2A-1A East Regional meet at the Arundel Swim Center on Saturday.

Thirteen of the Seahawks have participated in the regional meet before. The boys’ team finished in second place last year and the girls’ squad came in third.

“We have been practicing everyday to prepare for regionals,” said Steve Deakyne, coach of the Decatur boys’ squad. “We have been focusing more on refining technique to get prepared.”

Decatur boys who will compete in the regional met are seniors Ryan Duncan, Liam Deck and co-captains Kevin Williams and Hayden Zaiser, juniors Wyatt Sperry and Chase Deickman, sophomores Hunter Grunewald and Richard Poist and freshmen Luke Crisanti, Patrick O’Halloran and Jack Slaysman.

“I think the boys look sharp going into regionals. It has been nice to have this time to practice leading up to the meet without an interruptions from the weather,” Deakyne said. “To be successful at regionals, the boys will need to continue to swim as hard as they have all season long and hopefully have a few best times in the process.”

Deakyne thinks that regionals will be very close and come down to Decatur and Easton battling for the No. 1 spot.

“Easton has won the region the past few years,” he said. “We beat them during the regular season and hope we can top them again at the region meet.”

Lady Seahawks who will participate in the regional event are senior co-captains Lily Rakow and Jamie Ditzel, juniors Allison Hunter, Kirsten Graham and Abby Crisanti, sophomores Kiley Hamby, Mikayla Denault and Delaney Williams and freshmen Alexis Rakow and Taylor Barrett.

“We have been working on starts, turns and finishes. Just trying cut time wherever we can,” said Mary Hathaway, coach of the Decatur girls’ team. “The girls look good. We had a lot of sickness on the team, but hopefully that is past us and they are ready for the weekend.”

Hathaway said Easton and Queen Anne’s would be tough competition for Decatur.

“The three of us should place in the top three, the order however, will be determined,” she said. “The girls need to push hard at regionals and strive for personal bests.”

The top three finishers in each regional event will advance to the 3A-2A-1A state championships, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24 at Eppley Recreation Center on the University of Maryland College Park campus. In regional meets, individual competitors or relay teams that have the next top-12 statewide times will also qualify for states.

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