(Jan. 24, 2020) Despite losing to the Cape Henlopen Vikings on Tuesday at the Pocomoke YMCA, coaches of the Stephen Decatur swim teams were pleased with their athletes’ performance in the pool.

Coach Kristina Watts said many of the Lady Seahawks earned their best times of the season, some even the fastest of their swimming careers.

“They were definitely the hardest team we’ve swam against,” Watts said. “Even though we lost, we still swam awesome. They raced so hard. It was nice to see them push themselves.”

Cape Henlopen won, 100-70.

Decatur came in first place in the last three events of the evening.

I was very impressed with our girls,” she said. “I was really proud of them.”

Freshman Natalie Canham was victorious in the 100-yard backstroke (1:07.19). Freshman Emma Coyman out-swam her competition in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:20.97).

Canham, freshman Kayden Hamby and sophomores Farrah Brown and Gracie Coker won the 400-yard freestyle relay race (4:18.67).

Watts said the most impressive swim of the night was Canham’s performance in the 100-yard freestyle. She came in second place, but she broke a minute for the first time and cut two seconds off her best time, which Watts said “is a huge deal.”

She finished the race in 59.94 seconds.

“It’s unheard of to drop two seconds, usually it’s fractions of a second,” Watts said. “Then, she went out and won the 100 back[stroke] by a lot - by seven seconds.”

The boys’ competition was a back-and-forth battle. With one race to go – the 400-yard freestyle relay – Cape Henlopen led, 78-76.

Decatur was disqualified for a false start, but despite that, Coach Steve Deakyne said Cape would have still won the meet.

The Vikings came out on top, 90-76.

“It was a good meet. It was competitive across the board,” he said. “We swam well. We won a majority of the events.”

Decatur took first in seven of the 11 races.

Winning their events were: senior captain Richard Poist (100-yard butterfly, 58.28 seconds) and juniors Caleb Vaxmonsky (500-yard freestyle, 5:17.06; 200IM, 2:20.27) and Jack Slaysman (50-yard freestyle, 24.39 seconds; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:10.34).

The 200-yard medley relay team of Vaxmonsky, Poist, Slaysman and junior Patrick O’Halloran out-swam their competition (1:50.64).

The foursome was also victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:38.83).

Deakyne said several swimmers recorded their best times, including sophomore Luke Bahlman. He came in second place in the 100-yard freestyle race, finishing in 58.38 seconds. He dropped about two seconds off his previous best.

Junior Nick Cardamone took second in the 100-yard butterfly, but earned a personal best time of 1:05.38, which was 1.5 seconds faster than his previous best.

“Even though we lost, we had a good night,” Deakyne said. “Everybody swam hard.”

Decatur will face the Kent Island Buccaneers on Tuesday, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Pocomoke YMCA.

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