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(Jan. 11, 2013) The Stephen Decatur swimming coaches couldn’t be happier with the Seahawks’ performances Tuesday at the Pocomoke YMCA, as the boys’ and girls’ teams each won nine of 11 races just days after returning from a two-week Christmas break.

The Decatur boys’ squad outscored the Indian River Indians 116-46.

Seahawks who won their individual events were seniors Shayne Custodio (100-meter butterfly, 58.49 seconds; 200IM, 2:15.89) and Zack Keiser (500m freestyle, 6:43.96), and juniors Jake Middleton (200m freestyle, 2:03.06; 100m freestyle, 54.2 seconds) and Collin Bankert (100m breaststroke, 1:18.08).

Custodio, Keiser, sophomore Chris Poole and junior Cory Campbell took first place in the 200-meter medley relay race (2:00.19). And Bankert and Middleton joined Campbell and Poole for the 200-meter freestyle relay race, which the boys won in 1:44.36. Custodio, Bankert, Keiser and Middleton also out-raced their competition in the 400-meter freestyle relay (3:57.73).

“After a long break, it was a good meet to get back into the swing of things. It went very well,” said Decatur Coach Damien Sanzotti. “We had some best times and there were some times that could be improved. We’re looking forward to our busy schedule this month. It will be tough with not much practice time in the pool, but the boys will get meet experience.”

The Lady Seahawks earned a 104-64 victory.

Girls who finished first in their individual events were seniors Julia Wellen (200m freestyle, 2:25.35) and Cailey O’Brien (100m breaststroke, 1:25.66) and sophomores Madison Tinus (100m butterfly, 1:11.04), Kailey Mihavetz (100m freestyle, 1:08.32) and Molly Wooten (500m freestyle, 6:19.99; 200IM, 2:42.14).

Freshman Hailey Williams, sophomore Maria Zweifel, Wellen and Tinus earned first-place honors in the 200-meter medley relay race (2:13.05).

Sophomore Katie Bear joined Wellen, Zweifel and Tinus for the 200-meter freestyle relay event, which they won in 1:57.83.

Wellen, Williams, Zweifel and Tinus teamed up for the 400-meter freestyle relay event and the girls were victorious, completing the race in 4:23.94.

Coach Jenny Miller said she entered some swimmers into events they had not competed in, so she can determine races in which the girls excel.

“They did really well. Every time I give them [a challenge], they rise to the occasion,” Miller said. “We’re doing much better than we were at this point last year.”

Decatur is slated to take on Sussex Tech at 5 p.m. Tuesday, at the Pocomoke YMCA.

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