Lady Seahawks take first and second in all events, five races get top 3 spots

(Jan. 17, 2020) The Stephen Decatur girls’ and boys’ swim teams won by large margins over the Kent County Trojans on Tuesday at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

The Lady Seahawks came out on top, 132-25.

The squad took first and second place in all events. In five of the races Decatur placed first, second and third.

Coach Kristina Watts mixed it up a bit, she said, putting girls in different events than they typically swim in.

“They all had positive attitudes,” she said. “It’s been refreshing for me as a coach when I put them in new, hard events, and the girls are finding they succeed in those events.”

Watts said girls have certain events they are strong in, but she plans to keep experimenting with the lineup.

Seahawks who won their individual events were: sophomores Emma Sperry (50-yard freestyle, 28.56 seconds; 100-yard butterfly, 1:11.61) and Gracie Coker (100-yard backstroke, 1:12.79), and freshmen Emma Coyman (200-yard freestyle, 2:27.53), Natalie Canham (200IM, 2:32.69; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:18.46), Kayden Hamby (100-yard freestyle, 1:03.88) and Katelyn Pizlo (500-yard freestyle, 6:33.92).

Canham, Coyman, Sperry and sophomore Farrah Brown out-swam their competition in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:10.77).

Sperry, Coyman, Hamby and senior captain Kiley Hamby were victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (2:02.01).

The 400-yard relay team of Brown, Coker, Canham and Kayden Hamby also came in first place (4:26.13).

“I’m happy with the way they swam. They’ve been working hard at practice,” Watts said.

The boys’ team won, 92-70. The Seahawks came in first place in all but one event. They took first and second, or first and third in several races.

Decatur swimmers who earned victories in their individual events were: senior captain Richard Poist (50-yard freestyle, 24.32 seconds; 100-yard freestyle, 59.23 seconds), juniors Caleb Vaxmonsky (500-yard freestyle, 6:00.75; 100-yard backstroke, 1:03.53) and Jack Slaysman (100-yard breaststroke, 1:09.16), and freshman Gavin Stearn (200IM, 2:10.63; 100-yard freestyle, 56.45 seconds).

Vaxmonsky, Slaysman, Poist and Stearn out-swam their competition in the 200-yard medley relay race (1:48.91).

Slaysman, Poist, junior Patrick O’Halloran and sophomore Luke Bahlman scored a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:43.65).

Stearn, Bahlman, O’Halloran and Vaxmonsky won the 400-yard freestyle relay race (3:56.37).

“The times were not quite as good as last meet, but they still did a really good job,” said Coach Steve Deakyne. “There were a couple good times.”

Deakyne also put some swimmers in different events to see how they perform.

“As the season winds down we’re starting to see what events they do well in,” Deakyne said. “I’m happy they’re doing well despite [the] low numbers [of swimmers on the team].”

Decatur will compete against the Cape Henlopen Vikings on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Pocomoke YMCA.

“It should be a pretty good matchup,” Watts said.

“It should be an exciting meet,” Deakyne added. “I think there will be some close races.”

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