(Feb. 1, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ and girls’ swim teams both earned victories over the Kent Island Buccaneers on the Seahawks’ senior night, last Friday at the Cambridge YMCA.

Decatur’s boys’ team won 87-71.

“[We] won a hard-fought meet against Kent Island on senior night. We had the lead from the first event on, although it did remain close,” Decatur Coach Steve Deakyne said. “We are continuing to see a lot of improvement and are gearing up to finish the season as strong as possible.”

Decatur swimmers who took first place in their events were: senior captain Chase Deickman (100-yard freestyle, 53.24 seconds; 50-yard freestyle, 24.01 seconds), junior captain Richard Poist (100-yard butterfly, 59.21 seconds), senior Wyatt Sperry (500-yard freestyle, 6:12.13) and sophomore Nick Cardamone (200-yard freestyle, 2:18.65).

Poist, Cardamone, Deickman and sophomore Jack Slaysman outswam their competition in the 200-yard medley relay race (1:51.67).

Cardamone, Sperry, Slaysman and sophomore Patrick O’Halloran won the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:46.13).

Poist, O’Halloran, Slaysman and Deickman were victorious in the 400-yard freestyle relay race (3:46.71).

Decatur’s girls’ team outscored Kent Island, 92-78.

“The girls did great. It was a whole team effort,” Decatur Coach Mary Hathaway said.

The Lady Seahawks trailed briefly in the beginning of the meet, but pulled ahead and held their lead.

Coming in first place in their events were: senior captains Kirsten Graham (100-yard butterfly, 1:01.96; 100-yard backstroke, 1:04.84) and Allison Hunter (500-yard freestyle, 6:00.66) and senior Abby Crisanti (50-yard freestyle, 28.11 seconds).

Crisanti, Graham, freshman Gracie Coker and junior Mikayla Denault won the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:54.39).

This is the first year the Bayside Conference will present a championship meet for swimming, and Decatur coaches and athletes said they’re looking forward to it.

“We are excited for the meet and hope to place well, with a possible division title,” Hathaway said. “I am happy we finally have a Bayside meet, as it makes our region more competitive and gives our kids another chance to drop time before regionals and states.”

“Since this is the first Bayside championship meet, we are really hoping to be in the mix for a Bayside title,” Deakyne added. “The Bayside meet allows for more swimmers than regionals, and everyone from both teams will be participating. The Bayside meet allows for three individual entries for each team, whereas regionals only allows two.”

The meet will take place this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Cambridge YMCA. Both Decatur squads are 5-1 against Bayside Conference schools. The boys’ team only lost to Easton and the girls’ squad to Queen Anne’s.

“We have been working on the mechanics of each stroke, starts and turns [and] just polishing as much as we can to shave time off,” Hathaway said earlier this week.

“We are continuing to practice hard in advance of the meet. Swimmers are really focusing on the strokes and events that they are most likely to swim,” Deakyne added. “I think both the boys’ and girls’ teams will be in the hunt for a Bayside title. Easton, Queen Anne’s and Kent Island also have very strong teams.”

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