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Decatur swim teams take down Golden Knights in ’12 opener

(Dec. 14, 2012) The Stephen Decatur boys’ and girls’ swim teams won Tuesday’s season opener against the Sussex Central Golden Knights.

The Decatur boys earned first-place honors in nine of the 11 events in their home pool at the Pocomoke YMCA. The Seahawks outscored the Knights, 112-54.

Winning their individual events were seniors Jeff Middleton (500-meter, 5:48.66), Shayne Custodio (100m backstroke, 1:00.28) and Zack Keiser (200m freestyle, 2:13.88; 100m butterfly, 1:10.73) and junior Jake Middleton (200IM, 2:15:96; 100m freestyle, 54.63 seconds).

Custodio, Jeff Middleton, junior Collin Bankert and sophomore Chris Poole were victorious in the 200-meter medley relay race (1:57.02). And Bankert, Poole, Jake Middleton and junior Cory Campbell took first place in the 200-meter freestyle relay (1:43.60).

The Middletons, Keiser and Custodio out-swam their competition in the 400m freestyle relay (3:59.66).

“We have a lot of things to work on, but for the first meet, I was impressed with their performance,” said Decatur Coach Damien Sanzotti.

The Lady Seahawks won their competition, 112-56.

Swimmers who placed first in their individual events were freshman Hailey Williams (200IM, 2:36.09), sophomores Madison Tinus (50m freestyle, 26.15 seconds) and Carly Deickman (100m breaststroke, 1:19.78) and senior co-captain Julia Wellen (100m butterfly, 1:16.15; 100m backstroke, 1:15.18).

Williams, Deickman, Tinus and junior Chloe Maykrantz scored a victory in the 200-meter medley relay event (2:08.62).

Sophomore Maria Zweifel joined Wellen, Williams and Deickman for the 400m freestyle relay, which the foursome won in 4:28.08.

“I thought the girls did really well,” Seahawk Coach Jenny Miller said. “A lot of the new girls I haven’t seen swim [in a competition] stepped up and tried hard.”

Decatur will compete on the road against the Cambridge South Dorchester Vikings on Tuesday.

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