Decatur Swimmers Solid In State Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity swim teams turned in solid performances last week at the state 3A-2A-1A championship meet last weekend including a handful of top 10 individual finishes.

After a strong finish in the state regional meet a week earlier with the boys’ team coming in second and the girls’ team finishing third, the Seahawks found the level of competition had ramped up at the state championship meet last weekend, but the teams acquitted themselves well. The Decatur boys finished seventh overall among the 28 teams in the state meet. The Decatur girls finished 14th overall among the 26 teams in the state meet.

In the boys’ 500-yard freestyle, Caleb Vaxmonsky finished fourth and Wyatt Sperry was 22nd.  Vaxmonsky also finished fourth in the boys’ 100-yard backstroke, while Richard Poist was 17th.

Chase Deickman finished sixth in the boys’ 100-yard freestyle. In the boys’ 50-yard freestyle, Deickman finished 10th. Richard Poist finished 11th in the boys’ 100-yard butterfly.

In the boys’ 200-yard individual medley, Jack Slaysman finished 18th. Slaysman also finished 19th in the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke. In the boy’s 400-yard freestyle relay, the Decatur team of Vaxmonsky, Poist, Slaysman and Deickman finished eighth. In the boys’ 200-yard medley relay, the Decatur boys’ team of Caleb Vaxmonsky, Jack Slaysman, Richard Poist and Chase Deickman finished seventh. In the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay, the Decatur team of Jack Bahlman, Patrick O’Halloran, Nicholas Cardamone and Luke Crisanti finished 10th.

On the girls’ side, Kirsten Graham finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. Graham also finished sixth in the girls’ 100-yard backstroke, while Davina Graybill was 23rd.

Allison Hunter came in 12th in the girls’ 500-yard freestyle. Abby Crisanti finished 16th in the girls’ 100-yard freestyle. Mikayla Denault finished 17th in the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke, while Hunter was 19th. In the girls’ 200-yard freestyle, Abby Crisanti finished 21st.

In the girls’ 200-yard individual medley, Mikayla Denault finished 20th and Kiley Hamby finished 22nd. In the girls’ 200-yard medley relay, the Decatur team of Davina Graybill, Allison Hunter, Kirsten Graham and Kiley Hamby finished 12th. In the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay, the Decatur team of Graybill, Crisanti, Graham and Kiley Hamby finished 12th. In the girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay, the Decatur team of Graybill, Denault, Hunter and Crisanti finished 14th.

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.