(Dec. 19, 2014) The Stephen Decatur swim teams met the Queen Anne’s Lions at Washington College last Friday for competition. It was the Decatur Seahawks who left with victories.
“One thing I was the most impressed with was our team unity,” said Decatur boys’ Coach Damien Sanzotti. “The entire boys’ and girls’ teams were cheering each other on the whole meet.”
The boys’ team won 113-53.
Seahawks who earned first-place honors in their individual events were: senior captains Chris Poole (100-yard freestyle, 57.22 seconds) and Dalton Warren (100-yard backstroke, 1:04.52), freshman Kevin Williams (200 IM, 2:20.87), junior Andrew Gottfried (100-yard butterfly, 54.72 seconds) and senior Matt Krall (500-yard freestyle, 6:33.33).
Warren, Williams, Gottfried and Poole competed in the 200-yard medley relay race. The boys won the event in 1:47.90.
Sophomore Dustin Berkey joined Poole, Williams and Gottfried for the 200-yard freestyle relay. The foursome took first place (1:44.14).
Warren, Krall and seniors Noah Sackadorf and Jake Lathroum teamed up for the 400-yard freestyle relay and were successful, winning the race in 4:16.16.
“Traditionally Queen Anne’s is one of our toughest opponents,” Sanzotti said. “Decatur boys stepped up to the challenge and got the result they needed. All of the boys swam very well.”
The Lady Seahawks topped Queen Anne’s 110-54.
Girls who scored victories in their individual events were: seniors Carly Deickman, a team captain, (200 IM, 2:30.39; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:13.36) and Madison Tinus (50-yard freestyle, 26.65 seconds; 100-yard backstroke, 1:07); freshman Jamie Ditzel (100-yard freestyle, 1:08.25) and junior Hailey Williams (500-yard freestyle, 6:13.39).
Williams, Deickman, Tinus and senior Stephanie Smith out-swam their competition in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:03.15).
Freshman Coleen LeKites, sophomore Claire Porter, junior Allison Shumate and Ditzel won the 200-yard freestyle relay race in 2:10.64.
Williams, seniors Maria Zweifel and Molly Wooten and Deickman scored a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay event (4:18.30).
“I was happy with how the team bounced back after our first loss,” said Decatur girls’ Coach Steve Deakyne. “We still have a number of things to work on, but hopefully we can keep it rolling…”
On Tuesday, Decatur traveled to Cambridge for a swim meet against the Vikings.
The Lady Seahawks came home with a 118-51 win. Decatur won 10 of 11 races.
Athletes who took first place in their events were: Wooten (200-yard freestyle, 2:19.56), Tinus (50-yard freestyle, 27.14 seconds; 100-yard backstroke, 1:09.46), Smith (100-yard butterfly, 1:17.21), Williams (500-yard freestyle, 6:04.54), Deickman (100-yard breaststroke, 1:13.71) and junior Marley Rakow (100-yard freestyle, 1:01.87).
Williams, Smith, Tinus and Deickman won the 200-yard medley relay race (2:06.80).
Senior Kailey Mihavetz joined Tinus, Rakow and Smith for the 200-yard freestyle relay and the girls were victorious (1:56.82).
Williams, Zweifel, Wooten and Deickman took first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay race (4:27.90).
“We’ve swam well the last two meets. Hopefully we’ll keep this roll going,” Deakyne said. “Times are dropping a bit and everyone’s improving. They look better in form and they’re finishing [races] stronger. I’m happy with the team’s overall performance.”
Sanzotti said the boys really swam well, but they just came up a bit short, 89-81, to the strong Cambridge squad.
“Queen Anne’s and Cambridge are traditionally close meets,” Sanzotti said. “We tried a different line-up to see kids in different events and get times for them in those events.”
Winning there individual races were: Williams (200 IM, 2:22.01; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:10.59) and Gottfried (100-yard butterfly, 56.87 seconds; 500-yard freestyle, 5:21.92).
Warren, Williams, Gottfried and Poole scored a victory in the 200-yard medley relay race (1:51.68).
Krall, Warren, Gottfried and Berkey won the 400-yard freestyle relay race (3:59.52).
“In the beginning of the season we try to do different line-ups to see what we need to work on as far as strokes and mechanics. They’re improving. A lot of the newer kids have made huge improvements,” Sanzotti said.
Decatur’s next swim meet is after the Christmas break, Jan. 6 at 3:30 p.m. against Cape Henlopen at the Sussex YMCA.