Gators top Eagles in first swim meet


Associate editor

The Decatur girls swim team started the season with a close 94-90 win over Federal Way on Tuesday, then followed with a narrow loss to Puyallup — 93-89 — on Thursday.

One of the highlights from both meets was Decatur senior Sandy Hong, who swam state qualifying times in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle races.

“I’m feeling OK so far,” Hong said. “I’m just getting into it and getting back into shape. I’m feeling comfortable so far, considering it’s the first meet. But yeah, I do want to get stronger.”

Hong is a two-time defending district champion in both events. She finished second at state last season in the 500 and was fifth at state in the 200.

This season, she’s hoping to improve on her times, although she says she’s not thinking about the state met yet.

“Right now, I’m just focusing on the dual meets and having fun,” Hong said.

In the summer, Hong swam in the Senior Sectionals in Arizona and finished third in the 1,650-meter race. Comparatively, the 500 — high school swimming’s longest event — seems relatively short.

“You just have to get up and go faster,” Hong said.

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