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(Dec. 20, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ and girls’ swim teams both earned victories over the Nandua Warriors on Tuesday at the Pocomoke YMCA.

The Decatur boys’ team won 99-38.

Coach Steve Deakyne said he put some swimmers in different events from the ones they competed in during the season opener last week to see where they best perform.

“I thought everybody swam well. They did a great job,” he said. “We’re seeing improvement. I’m starting to get a better idea where they fit.”

The Seahawks took first place in every event. Winning there individual races were: senior captain Richard Poist (50-yard freestyle, 24.48 seconds; 100-yard butterfly, 57.02 seconds), juniors Patrick O’Halloran (200-yard freestyle, 2:13.55), Caleb Vaxmonsky (200IM, 2:18.37; 500-yard freestyle, 5:28.53), Jack Slaysman (100-yard freestyle, 55.09 seconds; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:09.25) and Nick Cardamone (100-yard backstroke, 1:08.55).

The 200-yard medley relay team of Vaxmonsky, Slaysman, Poist and O’Halloran outswam their competition (1:54.41).

O’Halloran, Cardamone, Vaxmonsky and sophomore Luke Bahlman were victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:43.26).

Poist, O’Halloran, Slaysman and Bahlman won the 400-yard freestyle relay race (3:59.60).

The Lady Seahawks also came in first place in all of their events. Decatur topped Nandua, 129-34.

Coach Kristina Watts also “mixed it up a bit” and moved swimmers around into different events. She was pleasantly surprised when some swimmers told her they found new favorite events.

“The team is well-rounded. It’s pretty awesome,” she said. “They were liking events they haven’t swam before. I think we’re pretty solid in all events. Things are falling into place. We just need to keep improving now as the season goes on.”

She plans to continue entering swimmers into different races to see where they excel.

Girls who won their individual events were: sophomores Gracie Coker (50-yard freestyle, 27.86 seconds), Emma Sperry (100-yard butterfly, 1:13.05) and Farrah Brown (100-yard freestyle, 1:04.16), and freshmen Natalie Canham (200-yard freestyle, 2:13.80; 100-yard backstroke, 1:08.87), Emma Coyman (200IM, 2:36.61; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:18.96) and Katelyn Pizlo (500-yard freestyle, 6:33.90).

The 200-yard medley relay team of Coyman, Canham, Coker and Brown came in first place (2:11.13).

Coyman, senior captains Mikayla Denault and Kiley Hamby and junior Kennedy Hamby earned a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (2:03.21).

Sperry, Canham, Pizlo and Coker won the 400-yard freestyle relay race (4:26.91).

The next swim meet will take place after the holiday break, on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. against the Cambridge Vikings at the Pocomoke YMCA.

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