(Feb. 15, 2019) Nineteen swimmers – nine boys and 10 girls – will compete for Stephen Decatur during the 3A-2A-1A East Regional meet at the Arundel Swim Center, this Saturday.
Twelve of the Seahawks have participated in the regional meet before. The boys’ team won the regional title last year and the girls’ squad came in second place.
“I think the boys are looking good going into regionals,” Coach Steve Deakyne said. “It will be tough to make up the margin we lost to Easton at Baysides, but we are still hoping to have an excellent meet, drop time, and hopefully finish near the top of the pack.”
The Easton boys’ swim team scored 477 points to win the inaugural Bayside Conference championship meet, Feb. 2, in Cambridge. Decatur scored 416.5 points to finish in second place.
Decatur boys who will compete in the regional meet are seniors Chase Deickman, a team captain, Wyatt Sperry and Jack Bahlman, junior captain Richard Poist, and sophomores Luke Crisanti, Nick Cardamone, Jack Slaysman, Patrick O’Halloran and Caleb Vaxmonsky.
The Lady Seahawks are going into the regional meet on a high note after winning the first-ever Bayside championship meet. Decatur scored 409 points in the victory. Easton was runner-up with 370 points.
Decatur girls who will participate in the regional event are senior co-captains Kirsten Graham and Allison Hunter, seniors Abby Crisanti and Davina Graybill, juniors Delaney Williams, Mikayla Denault and Kiley Hamby, sophomore Kennedy Hamby and freshmen Farrah Brown and Gracie Coker.
“The girls are in a good spot for regionals,” Coach Mary Hathaway said. “Easton and Queen Anne’s will be our biggest competition, but if the whole team performs their best we could possibly take the regional title.”
The top-three finishers in each regional event will advance to the 3A-2A-1A state championships, Saturday, Feb. 23, at Eppley Recreation Center on the University of Maryland College Park campus. In regional meets, individual competitors or relay teams that have the next top-12 statewide times will also qualify for states.
“The swimmers just need to be focused on their events,” Deakyne said. “They have all been working hard throughout the season and hopefully that will translate into results.”