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Swimmers dropping times, coaches pleased

(Jan. 16, 2015) Stephen Decatur swim teams coaches hoped the Seahawks would start to decrease their times in the second half of the season and they are beginning to do that with about a month to go before regional competition.

The Lady Seahawks won 10 of 11 races during last Thursday’s meet against the Cambridge Vikings at the Pocomoke YMCA. Decatur outscored Cambridge, 122-43.

“I thought our swimmers did an excellent job bouncing back after a tough meet [Jan. 6] with Cape Henlopen [110-60 loss]. Hopefully, we can carry our momentum forward…” said Decatur Coach Steve Deakyne.

Seahawks who earned first-place honors in their individual events were: senior captain Carly Deickman (100-yard breaststroke, 1:13.87), seniors Stephany Smith (100-yard butterfly, 1:13:18), Molly Wooten (200-yard freestyle, 2:21.8) and Madison Tinus (100-yard backstroke, 1:11.1), and juniors Marley Rakow (100-yard freestyle, 1:00.78) and Hailey Williams (200 IM, 2:32.9; 500-yard freestyle, 6:07.4).

Williams, Deickman, Smith and Tinus out-swam their competition in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:06.91).

Kailey Mihavetz, a senior, joined Tinus, Rakow and Smith for the 200-yard freestyle relay race. The girls won the event in 1:55.28.

Senior Maria Zweifel, Williams, Wooten and Deickman took first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay race (4:22.15).

The Decatur boys’ team fell a bit short, losing to Cambridge, 92-78.

“The meet was back and forth up until a little past the halfway point and then they started pulling away,” said Decatur Coach Damien Sanzotti.

The Seahawks swam well and a number of them recorded their best times of the season, he said, it just wasn’t enough to take over the Vikings’ lead.

Seahawks who won their individual events were: senior captain Dalton Warren (100-yard backstroke, 1:03.45), junior Andrew Gottfried (200 IM, 2:10.67), sophomore Dustin Berkey (100-yard freestyle, 57.73 seconds; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:09.83) and freshman Kevin Williams (100-yard butterfly, 55.98 seconds; 500-yard freestyle, 5:50.16).

Warren, Williams, Gottfried and Berkey scored a victory in the 200-yard medley relay race (1:53.43).

On Tuesday, Decatur competed against Pocomoke, which just added a swimming program this year. Seven girls and two boys make up the Warriors’ squads.

The Decatur boys’ team won the meet at the Pocomoke YMCA, 118-15.

Each boy swam in different individual races than what they typically compete in.

“It was a good meet for the boys to get experience swimming in different events,” Sanzotti said. “It was a fun meet for them.”

Seahawks who won their events were: Gottfried (200-yard freestyle, 2:00.12; 100-yard backstroke, 1:05.47), Warren (200 IM, 2:33.68), Williams (100-yard freestyle, 58.14 seconds), sophomore Patrick Reid (100-yard butterfly, 1:19.35), senior Jake Lathroum (100-yard breaststroke, 1:16.69) and senior captain Chris Poole (500-yard freestyle, 6:20.73).

Warren, Lathroum, Poole and senior Matt Krall were victorious in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:02.43).

Junior Reed Watson, sophomores Tyler Keiser and Tucker Cordial and freshman Dan King earned first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:53.93).

Poole, Berkey, Williams and Gottfried out-swam their competition in the 400-yard relay event (3:58.96).

The Lady Seahawks earned first, second and third place in nearly all of the events. Decatur won the meet, 139-14.

Scoring victories in their individual races were: Tinus (200-yard freestyle, 2:21.34; 100-yard freestyle, 1:01.09), Wooten (200 IM, 2:47.41; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:25.43), Williams (50-yard freestyle, 28.48 seconds), Deickman (500-yard freestyle, 6:29.18; 100-yard backstroke, 1:15.58) and Rakow (100-yard butterfly, 1:20.18).

Williams, Deickman, Smith and Tinus nabbed the top spot in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:11.53).

Mihavetz, Tinus, Rakow and Smith competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay race. The girls won the event in 2:07.20.

Williams, Wooten, Deickman and Zweifel were successful in the 400-yard freestyle relay race (4:21.07).

“Overall, we swam pretty well,” Deakyne said. “It was an opportunity for them to swim in different events.”

Decatur’s next meet is Thursday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. against the Indian River Indians at the Pocomoke YMCA.

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