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(Jan. 20, 2023) The Stephen Decatur swim teams picked up two more wins, topping the Kent County Trojans last Thursday and the Sussex Central Golden Knights on Tuesday, both in their home pool at the Pocomoke YMCA.

The Lady Seahawks earned a 128-25 victory over the Trojans.

Winning their individual races were: senior captains Natalie Canham (200-yard freestyle, 2:13.29; 100-yard backstroke, 1:07.90) and Kaden Hamby (50-yard freestyle, 27.78 seconds; 100-yard butterfly, 1:10.31), and junior Trista Harner (100-yard freestyle, 1:01.34; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:24.15).

Canham, Hamby, Harner and sophomore Kaolin Riser came in first place in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:09.29).

Harner, Hamby, Canham and senior captain Kaelyn Pizlo won the 400-yard freestyle relay race (4:11.56).

Riser, freshman Emma Walsh, junior Hannah Allam and senior Katie Mitchell out-swam their competition in the 200-yard freestyle relay event (2:02.09).

“The girls’ team had a dominating meet, winning by over 100 points. The size of our girls’ team is a huge strength for us since we are able to score more points by having more girls in each event,” said Decatur Coach Kristina Watts. “Kent County girls did give us some good competition to challenge us. With only two more meets left we are trying girls in new events to see who will best represent us at Baysides and regionals.”

The Decatur boys’ team won their meet, 89-56.

Seahawks who placed first in their individual races were: senior captain Gavin Stearn (100-yard freestyle, 50.34 seconds; 200-yard individual medley, 2:11.18), junior captain Daniel Karcheuski (100-yard butterfly, 59.80 seconds), junior Mason Castanares (200-yard freestyle, 2:13.41) and freshman Jake Harner (100-yard breaststroke, 1:14.56).

Karcheuski, Castanares, Stearn and sophomore Gavin Conway were victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:38.39).

The group also took first in the 200-yard medley relay race (1:48.87).

Harner, sophomores Chance Ponton and Bryce Gill and freshman Jamison Strawley won the 400-yard freestyle relay event (4:38.21).

“We have been working with the boys’ team to try to fill the events as much as we can to score more points since we are a smaller team. Our boys who are newer to swimming are trying new events and had a great performance in them,” Watts said. “Our veteran boys have been willing to do a variety of events to better support the team. Overall, our team is looking strong going into the later half of the season.”

The Decatur girls’ team also won by a large margin over Sussex Central. The Seahawks outscored their opponent, 129-33.

Decatur swimmers who touched the wall first in their individual races were: Canham (200 IM, 2:32.81; 100-yard butterfly, 1:07.63), Hamby (100-yard freestyle, 1:00.47), Harner (100-yard breaststroke, 1:18.28; 50-yard freestyle, 27.22 seconds) and freshman Emily Henley (200-yard freestyle, 2:20.69; 100-yard backstroke, 1:09.34).

Canham, Riser, Hamby and Harner took first in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:06.51).

Williams, Harner, Hamby and Canham were victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:52.22).

Pizlo, Williams, Henley and sophomore Molly Hoffman out-swam their competition in the 400-yard freestyle relay event (4:31.44).

The Decatur boys’ squad came out on top over Sussex Central, 97-47.

Seahawks who scored a victory in their events were: Castanares (200-yard freestyle, 2:18), Stearn (100-yard breaststroke, 1:05.85; 50-yard freestyle, 22.35 seconds), Conway (100-yard freestyle, 58.06 seconds) and Karcheuski (500-yard freestyle, 5:30.40).

Conway, Stearn, Castanares and Karcheuski won the 200-yard medley relay race (1:49.32). The boys also took first in the 200-yard freestyle relay event (1:38.34).

Gill, Ponton, Harner and Strawley came in first in the 400-yard freestyle relay race (4:46.64).

“The team overall was feeling a little sluggish coming off the [three-day] weekend and the previous week of workouts, but that is how they should be feeling at this point in the season,” Watts said. “We have just a few more weeks of hard work before we start preparing for the championship meets. This meet was special for us too because a former club teammate swims for Sussex Central, so it was a little reunion for us.”

Decatur’s final meet of the regular season was yesterday, Thursday, against the Easton Warriors.

The Bayside Conference championship meet is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. in Cambridge.

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