Gators swim to rare win

"Decatur coach Tom Knapton knew it was the first victory in his two years of coaching, but wasn’t exactly sure how far back the Gators’ winless streak stretched. Four or five years was his best guess.The Gators don’t have to worry about that nasty streak anymore. It ended Thursday afternoon with a 93-87 victory over Federal Way at the Federal Way Pool.“Both teams are really close. It was within a couple of points the whole way through,” Knapton said. “All my swimmers had great swims.”Leading the Gators were Joon Yoom, Tyson Sullivan, Walter Lewis and Garrett McCaffrey, who each one two events. The four also combined for a state-qualifying time of 1:46.34 in the 200-medley relay.“We’ve been trying to meet that qualifying time. We’ve been close in a couple of meets,” Knapton said.Yoom won the 200 free (1:57.60) and the 100 free (50.90). Sullivan took the 500 free (5:16.50) and the 100 breaststroke (1:04.90). Lewis was victorious in the 50 free (23.80) and 100 fly (58.70). McCaffrey placed first in the 200 IM (2:20.16) and 100 backstroke (1:01.53).Decatur’s other victory came from David Nadeau in diving with a score of 126.75.Federal Way’s only event victory came in the 200 free relay. Colin Hunter, Chris Clingan, Greg Heitt and Paul Nolan finished in 1:39.12 for the win.The Eagles had nine second-place finishes and six third-place finishes. "

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