(Feb. 7, 2020) The Stephen Decatur boys’ swim team came in second place and the girls’ squad finished in third during the second annual Bayside Conference championship meet, held last Saturday in Cambridge.
“They did awesome. We had 30 best times total between the boys and girls,” said Decatur Coach Kristina Watts. “There were time drops for 90 percent of the swims and by a lot too.”
Easton won the boys’ competition with 369 points. Decatur took second with 351 points. Kent County came in third with 283 points.
“Baysides went great. We came in second with only 10 boys,” said Decatur Coach Steve Deakyne. “Everyone swam really well. I’m proud of how they did.”
Junior Caleb Vaxmonsky won the 200IM (2:03.62) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.77) races. Both of his times were new conference records.
Freshman Gavin Stearn was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle (51.6 seconds).
Decatur’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Vaxmonsky, Stearn, junior Jack Slaysman and senior captain Richard Poist out-swam their opponents (3:30.44). Their time is a new conference record.
Kent Island won the girls’ competition, tallying 413 points. Queen Anne’s finished in second place with 390 points. Decatur scored 385 points to take third.
“It was very exciting. There was a lot of hard racing,” Watts said. “It was really impressive. The girls pushed themselves and did awesome.”
Freshman Natalie Canham won the only race for the Decatur girls’ team. She earned a victory in the 100-yard backstroke (1:07.9).
“It was fun to have all of us [Bayside teams] in one meet, putting all the top competitors in one race,” Watts said.
Decatur wrapped up regular-season competition on Tuesday against the Indian River Indians at the Pocomoke YMCA. Decatur’s seniors were recognized during the meet.
The Lady Seahawks won, 130-39. Decatur came in first place in 10 of the 11 events. The Berlin squad swept the top three spots in five races.
“They did well coming off Baysides,” Watts said. “It’s a good sign going into regionals.”
Earning victories were: Canham (200IM, 2:31.69), freshman Katelyn Pizlo (200-yard freestyle, 2:24.3; 500-yard freestyle, 6:23.34), and sophomores Emma Sperry (50-yard freestyle, 27.25 seconds; 100-yard butterfly, 1:09.87) and Gracie Coker (100-yard freestyle, 1:02.5; 100-yard backstroke, 1:13.51).
Canham, Coker, Sperry and freshman Emma Coyman out-swam their competition in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:08.01).
Coker, Canham, Sperry and freshman Kayden Hamby won the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:51.76).
Pizlo, Coyman, Hamby and sophomore Farrah Brown finished first in the 400-yard freestyle relay race (4:20.51).
“I’m very impressed. I’m happy with the times they’re swimming right now,” Watts said. “They just keep getting better.”
The Decatur boys’ team came up a bit short, falling to Indian River, 81-86.
Decatur won eight of the 11 events, but because Indian River has such a large team coaches could enter three in each individual and relay races.
“We won most of the events, but they had a lot of swimmers, a lot of depth,” Deakyne said. “We had two in every race, a few we had three.”
Winning their events were: Vaxmonsky (200IM, 2:20.25; 500-yard freestyle, 6:08.61), Poist (100-yard butterfly, 57.79 seconds), Stearn (100-yard freestyle, 51.7 seconds), Slaysman (100-yard breaststroke, 1:06.42) and junior Nick Cardamone (100-yard backstroke, 1:09.55).
Vaxmonsky, Slaysman, Poist and Stearn finished first in the 200-yard medley relay race (1:51.96).
The foursome also out-swam their competition in the 400-yard freestyle relay race (3:32.91).
“It was a good last meet. There were some good times,” Deakyne said. “Most of them have been dropping times, and hopefully they continue. They’re coming along pretty well.”
The Decatur swimmers are now preparing for the 3A/2A/1A East Region meet at the Arundel Swim Center on Saturday, Feb. 15, beginning at 3 p.m.
The Seahawks will continue to work hard, but taper off a bit closer to the event. They will be working on fine-tuning, stroke technique, turns, starts, and Watts said, other “things that make a big difference.”