Decatur Swimmers Outstanding In Regionals

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity swim teams turned in outstanding performances at the state 3A-2A-1A East region meet last weekend with top three finishes for both teams and dozens of top 10 individual performances including a handful of region titles.

The Decatur men’s team finished second overall with 302 points in a meet. Easton finished first with 341 points, while Cambridge-South Dorchester was third with 244. The Decatur girls finished third with 305 points in a meet in which only four points separated third from first place. Queen Anne’s was first with 309 points and Kent Island was second with 307 points.

Richard Poist won the region championship in the 100-yard butterfly, while Kirsten Graham won the championship in the girls’ 100-yard butterfly. Caleb Vaxmonsky also won the region championship in the 500-yard freestyle.

In the men’s 200-yard freestyle, Nicholas Cardamone finished sixth and Jack Bahlman finished eighth. Jack Slaysman finished fourth in the 200-individual medley. In the men’s 50-yard freestyle, Chase Deickman was second.

In the men’s 100-yard freestyle, Deickman finished second and Bahlman finished seventh. Vaxmonsky finished first in the men’s 500-yard freestyle, while Wyatt Sperry came in fourth. In the men’s 100-yard backstroke, Vaxmonsky finished second and Poist was third. In the men’s 100-yard breaststroke, Slaysman finished fourth and Patrick O’Halloran was seventh.

In the men’s 200-meter medley relay, the Decatur team of Caleb Vaxmonsky, Jack Slaysman, Richard Poist and Chase Deickman finished second. In the men’s 200-meter freestyle relay, the Decatur team of Bahlman, O’Halloran, Cardamone and Luke Crisanti finished second. In the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay, the Decatur team Vaxmonsky, Poist, Slaysman and Deickman finished second.

On the women’s side, in the women’s 200-yard freestyle, Abby Crisanti finished third and Farrah Brown finished fourth. In the women’s 200 individual medley, Mikayla Denault was sixth and Kiley Hamby was seventh. In the women’s 50-yard freestyle, Gracie Coker was ninth and Kennedy Hamby finished 11th.

Graham finished first in the women’s 100-yard butterfly, while Brown was sixth. In the women’s 100-yard freestyle, Crisanti was fifth and Coker finished eighth. Allison Hunter finished second in the women’s 500-yard freestyle, while Delaney Williams finished eighth.

In the women’s 100-yard backstroke, Graham finished second and Graybill was seventh. In the women’s 100-yard breaststroke, Hunter came in fourth and Denault was seventh.

In the women’s 200-yard medley relay, the Decatur team of Davina Graybill, Allison Hunter, Kirsten Graham and Gracie Coker finished fourth. In the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay, the Decatur team of Coker, Crisanti, Kiley Hamby and Graham finished third. In the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, the Decatur team of Graybill, Denault, Brown and Crisanti finished fourth. The Decatur swim teams are sending 21 athletes to the state 3A-2A-1A championship meet this weekend at the University of Maryland-College Park. Representing the men’s team in the state championship meet are Bahlman, Cardamone, Crisanti, Deickman, O’Halloran, Poist, Slaysman, Sperry and Vaxmonsky. Representing the women’s team at the state championship meet are Brown, Coker, Crisanti, Denault, Graham, Graybill, Kennedy Hamby, Kiley Hamby, Hunter and Williams.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.