(Feb. 8, 2019) The Stephen Decatur girls’ swim team won the inaugural Bayside Conference championship meet, while the boys’ squad came in second place, last Saturday in Cambridge.

“The girls did amazing. I am so proud of them,” Coach Mary Hathaway said. “It was a whole team effort with every single swimmer scoring points for us.”

Decatur scored 409 points in the victory. Easton was runner-up with 370 points. Kent Island took third with 352 points.

“The competition was tight between us and Easton for most of the day, but our depth was the reason we pulled ahead,” Hathaway said. “We are so excited to be the first ever Bayside champs and look forward to defending our title next year.”

Easton tallied 477 points to win the boys’ competition. Decatur scored 416.5 points, good for second place. Cambridge came in third place with 268.5 points.

“I thought the boys did very well. We had a ton of best times and swam faster than we have all year,” Decatur Coach Steve Deakyne said. “We lost to a strong Easton team that has a lot of talented swimmers this year … 13 [Decatur] boys participated in Baysides and everyone contributed to the overall outcome.”

Deakyne said the first Bayside championship was exciting for both the swimmers and the coaches.

“I am happy the girls were able to win the inaugural Bayside championship and that the boys were the runners up,” he said. “Also, since it is the first year, we have a number of girls and boys who are the current Bayside record holders for their events.”

Several Decatur swimmers won their events to earn Bayside Conference champion titles.

Coming in first place in their events were sophomores Jack Slaysman (200-yard IM, 2:16.25) and Caleb Vaxmonsky (500-yard freestyle, 5:03.92) and senior captains Allison Hunter (500-yard freestyle, 6:02.07) and Kirsten Graham (100-yard backstroke, 1:03.89).

Graham, senior Abby Crisanti, junior Kiley Hamby and freshman Gracie Coker won the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:53.31).

Graham, Hunter and boys’ team captains Chase Deickman, a senior, and Richard Poist, a junior, were named to the All-Bayside swim teams for their performances throughout the season.

Decatur’s next competition is the 3A-2A-1A East Region championship meet, Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Arundel Swim Center at 3 p.m.

“We will be tapering the overall amount of yards swimmers are putting in each day and focusing more on individualized technique in advance of regionals,” Deakyne said.

“We are working to improve technique, starts, turns and walls to drop as much time as possible,” Hathaway added.

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