(Jan. 18, 2019) The Stephen Decatur girls’ swim team pulled ahead midway through last Friday’s meet against Easton and went on to win, 89-81, at the Cambridge YMCA.

“The meet was close the whole time and was a great push for our girls. Very exciting,” said Mary Hathaway, coach of the Decatur girls’ squad. “Lots of great times and the girls are right where they need to be to prepare for regionals and states. It was an entire team win with most of our points coming from second,-third- and fourth-place finishes.”

Easton led through the first five races. Decatur gained a 49-45 advantage in the sixth race – the 100-yard freestyle – and stayed ahead through the next five events.

Senior captain Kirsten Graham won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.83. Senior Abby Crisanti took first in the 100-yard freestyle (1:02.28).

Freshman Gracie Coker and junior Kiley Hamby joined Crisanti and Graham for the 200-yard freestyle relay race. The girls finished in 1:55.84, good for first place.

The Decatur boys’ team battled but came up short, 60-109, to Easton.

The Berlin squad got wins from junior captain Richard Poist (100-yard butterfly, 57.62 seconds) and sophomore Jack Slaysman (200IM, 2:18.21).

“The boys lost a hard-fought meet against Easton on Friday,” Decatur boys’ team Coach Steve Deakyne said. “Jack and Richard both had best times in their individual events. Despite the loss, we are still seeing improving times and hope that this meet can serve as motivation to finish the rest of the season strong.”

Decatur’s next meet is Friday, Jan. 25, against the Kent Island Buccaneers at the Cambridge YMCA, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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