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Several Stephen Decatur swimmers and relay teams won ribbons for top-eight finishes during the 3A/2A/1A state championship, at Eppley Recreation Center on the University of Maryland-College Park campus, last Saturday. Pictured showing off their ribbons, from left, are senior captain Kirsten Graham (100-yard butterfly, fourth), sophomore Caleb Vaxmonsky (500-yard freestyle, fourth) and senior captain Chase Deickman (100-yard freestyle, sixth).

(March 1, 2019) Several Stephen Decatur swimmers earned spots on the podium for top-eight finishes in individual and relay events during the 3A/2A/1A state championship meet, at Eppley Recreation Center on the University of Maryland-College Park campus, last Saturday.

The Decatur boys’ team came in seventh place overall.

“I think states went really well. The boys placed seventh, which is their best finish in quite a few years,” Coach Steve Deakyne said. “I think the boys performed really well. We had a number of best times. We also had a few swimmers place higher than where they were seeded.”

Sophomore Caleb Vaxmonsky placed fourth in both the 100-yard backstroke (54.7 seconds) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:53.42).

Senior captain Chase Deickman took sixth in the 100-yard freestyle (50.85 seconds).

Vaxmonsky, Deickman, sophomore Jack Slaysman and junior captain Richard Poist finished in seventh place in the 200-yard medley relay race (1:45.43).

The foursome came in eighth in the 400-yard freestyle relay race (3:30.62).

Team points were scored in each event, up to 16th place. Seahawks who scored additional points for Decatur were Deickman (50-yard freestyle, 10th, 23.07 seconds) and Poist (100-yard butterfly, 11th, 58.19 seconds).

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Slaysman and sophomores Patrick O’Halloran, Nick Cardamone and Luke Crisanti placed 10th (1:39.6).

The Decatur girls’ team finished in 14th place overall.

“Overall, states went great. We had lots of best times or close to best times,” Coach Mary Hathaway said. “The competition was really strong this year with some incredible swimmers.”

Senior captain Kirsten Graham came in fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.74) and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.65).

Girls who scored additional points for the team were seniors Allison Hunter, a team captain, (500-yard freestyle, 12th, 5:44.96) and Abby Crisanti (100-yard freestyle, 16th, 1:00.24).

Hunter, Graham, senior Davina Graybill and junior Kiley Hamby finished 12th in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:05.03).

Crisanti joined Graybill, Hamby and Graham for the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:52.35). They placed 12th.

Graybill, Hunter, Crisanti and junior Mikayla Denault raced to 14th in the 400-yard freestyle relay race (4:13.18).

Both Decatur teams had a successful season.

Graham, Hunter, Deickman and Poist were named to the All-Bayside Conference swim teams for their performances throughout the season. A handful of swimmers also hold individual conference titles and are Bayside champions in relay events.

The girls’ team finished with a 6-2 record. The Seahawks won the first-ever Bayside Conference championship meet and came in third in the 3A-2A-1A East Region meet.

“The season went well overall. The girls’ team performed well and continued to drop time,” Hathaway said. “I am very happy with our season overall. Winning the first Bayside title was a huge high point for us.”

The squad will graduate five swimmers.

“We will lose some top contributors: Kirsten Graham, Ally Hunter, Abby Crisanti, Davina Graybill and Ashley Rosenblatt,” Hathaway said. “I am interested to see who comes out next year as we are losing a lot of our team. I think our team next year will be fairly young, but I am hoping the kids coming up have been swimming for Ocean Pines Swim Team and are ready for the high school season.”

During the team’s banquet this week, Hathaway presented awards to: Graham (MVP), Crisanti (Coaches Award), Hunter (Sportsmanship), freshman Gracie Coker (Rookie of the Year) and sophomore Madison Lawrence (Most Improved).

The Decatur boys’ team finished with a 5-3 record.

“The boys had an excellent season this year. Our record was not as good as it was last year, but we had much better times,” Deakyne said. “This just shows that the level of boys’ swimming in the area has improved over the past year. Our season was highlighted by a second-place finish at Baysides, a second-place finish at regionals, and a seventh-place finish at states.”

The team will graduate four swimmers: Deickman, Wyatt Sperry, Jack Bahlman and Paul Haddad.

“Despite losing these seniors, we hope that our remaining swimmers and new freshmen can step up to the plate and fill in those spots,” Deakyne said. “We hope to still be very competitive next season.”

Deakyne presented awards to Deickman (MVP), O’Halloran (Coaches Award), and freshmen Luke Bahlman (Rookie of the Year) and Alec McCabe (Most Improved), and Haddad (Sportsmanship).

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