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(Jan. 10, 2020) The Stephen Decatur swim teams both earned victories over the Cambridge Vikings on Tuesday at the Pocomoke YMCA.

The Lady Seahawks came in first place in every event. They outscored Cambridge, 127-42.

“Times were a little off because of the holiday [break], but they swam awesome today,” Coach Kristina Watts said after the meet. “Everybody was motivated and their technique looked good. We’ve just got to get the dust off and get back into the swing of things.”

Winning their individual events were: freshmen Katelyn Pizlo (200-yard freestyle, 2:25.58; 500-yard freestyle, 6:35.26), Natalie Canham (200IM, 2:33.71; 100-yard backstroke, 1:10.77) and Emma Coyman (100-yard breaststroke, 1:21.61), and sophomores Emma Sperry (100-yard butterfly, 1:11.89), Gracie Coker (50-yard freestyle, 28.53 seconds) and Farrah Brown (100-yard freestyle, 1:03.97).

The 200-yard medley relay team of Canham, Sperry, Coyman and freshman Kayden Hamby out-swam their competition (2:08.40).

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Brown, Coker, Sperry and Hamby also came in first place (1:57.82).

Earning a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay race were Canham, Pizlo, Coyman and Brown (4:27.77).

Cambridge was the largest team – as far as the number of swimmers – Decatur has competed against so far this season.

“It’s nice to see that even with a full team we still excelled that much,” Watts said.

The Decatur boys’ team won, 87-75. The Seahawks came in first place in all but two events.

Cambridge scored most of its points with second-, third- and fourth-place finishes, Decatur Coach Steve Deakyne said.

Decatur swimmers who took first in their events were: senior captain Richard Poist (100-yard butterfly, 58.18 seconds; 100-yard backstroke, 1:05.06), juniors Caleb Vaxmonsky (200-yard freestyle, 2:01.06; 500-yard freestyle, 5:35.45) and Patrick O’Halloran (100-yard freestyle, 1:00.17) and freshman Gavin Stearn (200IM, 2:15.46; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:07.85).

Vaxmonsky, O’Halloran, Poist and Stearn earned a victory in the 200-yard medley relay race (1:54.21).

Stearn, Vaxmonsky, O’Halloran and sophomore Luke Bahlman came in first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:46.09).

“They swam pretty well. It was good to get back in the water,” Deakyne said. “The guys that swam regularly [during the holiday break] put up good times. We’ve just got to get everybody back into the swing of things.”

Decatur will competed against the Kent County Trojans at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, on Tuesday beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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