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Lady Seahawks swim team avenges last season losses to Cambridge

(Dec. 21, 2012) The Stephen Decatur girls’ swim team fell twice to the Cambridge South Dorchester Vikings last season, but the Lady Seahawks avenged those losses on Tuesday, winning the competition 105-65.

The Decatur squad won eight of the 11 events at the Cambridge YMCA.

“It was really strong all around. I was happy with the way the girls swam,” said Decatur Coach Jenny Miller.

Seahawks who earned first-place honors were freshman Hailey Williams (500-meter freestyle, 6:07.96), and sophomores Madison Tinus (50m freestyle, 26.22 seconds; 100m freestyle, 59.9 seconds), Molly Wooten (200m freestyle, 2:20.35) and Carly Deickman (100m breaststroke, 1:18.06).

Williams, Tinus, sophomore Maria Zweifel and senior Julia Wellen took first place in the 200m medley relay event (2:09.74).

Wellen, Williams, Wooten and Deickman scored a first-place finish the 400m freestyle relay race (4:30.88). And sophomore Katie Bear joined Deickman, Zweifel and Tinus for the 200m freestyle relay event. They won in 1:55.99.

“All the girls swam really well. If we didn’t win, we got second, third or fourth, and just doing that you can really rack up the points,” Miller said. “They’re starting to look really good. The girls are improving in the short time we’ve been swimming.”

With one event remaining, the 400m freestyle relay, the Decatur boys’ team trailed Cambridge 74-82. Three teams from each school raced in the event, so the Seahawks needed to place first and second to win the meet.

The Decatur squads finished second and third. Cambridge won the meet 90-80.

“It was a hard-fought loss. They swam really well and there were a lot of good times, we just fell short in a few areas,” said Decatur Coach Damien Sanzotti, referring to starts and turns.

Seniors Jeff Middleton (100m backstroke, 1:03.30), Shayne Custodio (200IM, 2:13.25) and Zack Keiser (200m freestyle, 2:13.46) and junior Jake Middleton (500m freestyle, 5:22.47) won their events.

Juniors Collin Bankert and Nick Poist joined Keiser and Custodio for the 200m freestyle relay event, which the boys’ won in 1:43.15.

“The boys put in a really good effort,” Sanzotti said. “We had a lot of good races. A lot of our races were really close, we just got out-touched. We can’t want to see [Cambridge] again.”

The Seahawks’ next competition is after the Christmas break — at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, against Indian River at the Pocomoke YMCA pool.

Lisa Capitelli, Ocean City Today
Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli, a New York native, entered Salisbury University (then Salisbury State) in the fall of 1998 and graduated in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She majored in communication arts, and minored in art, with concentration on photography. Lisa began her career at Ocean City Today as a staff writer in February 2003. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in August 2011 and Managing Editor in May, 2013. Editorial responsibilities include covering sports — from local high school games, to fishing tournaments and recreation and park programs, the business community and weekly happenings, events and activities.

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