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Gators hope SPSL title not their last

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

There was a small celebration on the deck of the King County Aquatic Center Tuesday afternoon, but the Decatur swim team knows there is still a lot of work to do.

The Gators secured the South Puget Sound League South Division championship with a 129-51 win over the Todd Beamer Titans. Decatur finished the regular season with a 6-1 record. Their only loss came to Puyallup while their five top swimmers were at a competition in Atlanta.

“They know we have some work left,” said first-year coach Rick Dennison.

Decatur senior Erich Matulic and Eric Johnson joined teammate Seamus Alger as earning “Ironman” status Tuesday, which means swimming state-qualifying times in all eight individual events.

“I imagine that’s a record or close to it,” said assistant coach Mike Hartley about three swimmers from one team doing the Ironman. “It’s really remarkable. We only had eight meets for them to do it in. They are all pretty special swimmers.”

Matulic needed three qualifying times to do it Tuesday, winning the 100-yard butterfly (53.64), taking second to Johnson in the 100 back (57.94) and swimming a leadoff split of 22.40 in the 200 free relay to earn his 50 free state time.

Johnson won the 100 backstroke in 56.68 and the 50 free in 22.48 to earn “Ironman.”

Decatur also got victories from Alger in the 200 free (1:52.91), Sean Norton in the 200 individual medley (2:32.64), Grayson Sabin in diving (161.60), Tom Cunningham in the 100 free (53.80) and Stephen Sullivan in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.99).

The Gators also won the 200 medley relay (Alger, Johnson, Norton and Matulic) in 1:47.36, the 200 free relay (Matulic, Sullivan, Cunningham and Neal) in 1:34.70 and the 400 free relay (Cunningham, Johnson, Alger and Sullivan) in 3:40.01.

Beamer’s only event win came from John Wanot in the 500 free in a time of 5:50.60.

The swimming postseason kicks off Friday

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