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Decatur sinks Curtis, assumes SPSL South lead

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Decatur Gators took a huge step in reclaiming the South Puget Sound League South Division championship and also got a little revenge.

The Gators swam past defending SPSL South title winner Curtis Thursday afternoon in University Place, 96-92.

The win improves Decatur to 3-0 in the South and drops Curtis to 2-1. The Vikings handed the Gators their only loss last season.

“The kids swam great,” said first-year coach Rick Dennison. “We had some really good performances.”

Decatur clinched the meet with a win in the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Gators’ Seamus Alger, Erich Matulic, Steven Sullivan and Eric Johnson swam a Class 4A-leading time of 3:20.92.

Decatur also won the 200 medley relay, and the Gators’ big three — Matulic (200 free, 100 breaststroke), Johnson (200 individual medley, 500 free) and Alger (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke) — all were double winners individually. But the biggest performances Thursday came in Decatur’s numerous second-place finishes, according to Dennison. None bigger than the runner-up swim by Sullivan in the 100 back. Curtis had taken a 72-68 lead in the meet after a win in the 200 free relay, but the 1-2 finish by Alger and Sullivan in the backstroke put the Gators in the lead for good.

“That really helped,” Dennison said. “That iced it for us.”

Decatur also got an individual victory from diver Grason Sabin with 147.45 points.

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