Gators with 5 races, swim to second place at districts


Associate editor

If only there was such a swimming event as the 300-yard breaststroke relay.

As is, Decatur teammates Joon Youm, Eric Johnson and Tyson Sullivan took the unusual honors of placing 1-2-3 in the 100 breaststroke to help the Gators to a second-place finish at the South Puget Sound League championships Saturday at Rogers High School.

Puyallup scored 227 team points to win the meet over Decatur’s 220. Jefferson was fourth and Federal Way sixth out of 16 teams.

“We had points we could have used to try to win, but swallowed our pride and chose to save those for state because the kids were hurting,” Decatur coach Heather Kreier said of the decision to rest an injured Kevin Sweeney in the 100 butterfly race. “Districts was a stepping stone, but we want to win state.”

Puyallup and Decatur tied when they faced each other in the regular season. That sets up a showdown between the two schools heading into the state meet Feb. 20-21 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Decatur missed out on a few more points when it was out-touched by four-hundredths of a second as Jefferson won the 200 freestyle relay.

The breaststroke sweep by Youm, Johnson and Sullivan could be repeated at state. Youm and Sullivan took first and second at state last year.

“We’re going to try to sweep the breast at state,” said Kreier, noting that she had checked other times around the state and the Decatur swimmers are faster. “That would be cool for the guys to do that.”

Decatur also won the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Jefferson out-touched Decatur by four-hundredths of a second to win the 200 freestyle relay. The Raiders were third in the 400 freestyle relay.

In addition to the breaststroke win, Decatur senior Youm broke his old meet record as he won the 200 individual medley.

Decatur’s Eric Matulic won the 200 freestyle. After setting a meet record in the preliminary race of the 500 free, Matulic finished second as Puyallup’s Alex Rantz broke Matulic’s record in the finals.

Jefferson’s Matt Diotte won the 50 free and was second to Puyallup’s Sam Horn by three-hundredths of a second in the 100 free.

Decatur’s Eric Johnson, who placed second in the breaststroke, was third in the 200 IM.

Jefferson’s Andrew Jung was second in the 100 backstroke and seventh in the 200 individual medley

Jefferson’s Danny Smith was third in the 200 freestyle and seventh in the 500 free.

Federal Way’s Jon Hiett was fourth in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 500 free.

Decatur’s Seamus Alger was third in the 100 fly, Federal Way’s Peter Larsen was fourth in the 100 fly and Decatur’s Seamus Alger was eighth in the 500 free.

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