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Swim team misses by 4 points to Cape Henlopen’s Vikings

(Jan. 25, 2013) The Stephen Decatur girls’ swim team lost by just four points to the Cape Henlopen Vikings on Tuesday.

The Vikings outscored the Lady Seahawks 87-83 at the Pocomoke YMCA.

“A couple of girls had their best times and really swam good races, [Cape Henlopen] just had a little more depth. They were a pretty well rounded team,” said Decatur Coach Jenny Miller.

The Decatur squad was missing some swimmers due to illness, and a few of the girls who did compete were still recovering from illness.

Decatur sophomore Madison Tinus won the 50-yard freestyle, finishing the race in 26.57 seconds. Sophomore Carly Deickman placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:19.70), and freshman Hailey Williams took top honors in the 100-yard freestyle (1:00.40).

Williams completed the 500-yard freestyle race in 5:59.40—a career best by about seven seconds.

“That was a pretty spectacular swim,” Miller said of Williams’ performance. “She really stepped it up.”

Deickman, Tinus, senior co-captain Julia Wellen and sophomore Maria Zweifel were victorious in the 200-yard relay race (1:53.20).

Williams, Tunis, Zweifel and sophomore Molly Wooten won the 400-yard freestyle relay event (4:14.75).

The Decatur boys’ team lost 104-66 to Cape Henlopen.

Coach Damien Sanzotti entered some boys into different events than they have been swimming so he could recored times for them in order to see which competitions the Seahawks are best in.

“Then when we get to regionals, we’ll have more options,” Sanzotti said. “I thought they swam well, but there’s always room for improvement.”

Senior co-captain Shayne Custodio earned a victory in the 50-yard freestyle race (23.45 seconds), and junior Jake Middleton out-swam his competition in the 100-yard freestyle (53.76 seconds).

Sanzotti thought junior Collin Bankert had a good performance in the 500-yard freestyle. He finished in second place (6:07.04).

Senior co-captain Zack Keiser, sophomore Chris Poole and juniors Cory Campbell and James Hillyer took top honors in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:42.70).

Decatur will head to Milford, Del. on Tuesday to swim against the Bucs.

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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