Decatur Swimmers Strong at Regionals

BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity swim teams turned in strong performances at the state 3A-East regional meet last week with several first-place individual finishes.

On the boys’ side, Alec McCabe finished eighth in the 200-yard freestyle. Daniel Karcheuski came in first in the 200-yard individual medley. Gavin Stearn came in first in the 50-yard freestyle, while Chase Ponton was 12th.   Karcheuski was second in the 100-yard butterfly, while Mason Castanares was fifth.

Stearn finished first in the 100-yard freestyle. Ponton was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke, and Bryce Gill was 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

On the girls’ side, Sierra Wakefield finished second in the 200-yard freestyle. Natalie Canham was second in the 200-yard individual medley, while Emma Coyman finished eighth. Trista Harner was second in the 50-yard freestyle, while Kayden Hamby finished sixth. Wakefield was second in the 100-yard butterfly, while Hamby finished third.

Harner finished second in the 100-yard freestyle, while Vienna Williams was ninth. Katelyn Pizlo was fifth in the 500-yard freestyle, while Molly Hoffman was seventh. Katie Mitchell was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke, while Hoffman was eighth. Canham was third in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Williams finished seventh.

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.