Curtis sinks Decatur in swim showdown


The Mirror

The South Puget Sound League South Division showdown between Decatur and Curtis turned into a runaway for the Vikings Tuesday afternoon inside the King County Aquatic Center.

Curtis took the early advantage in the race for the SPSL South title with a solid 113-73 win over the defending state champion Gators. The two teams tied with 6-1 records in the South last season with Decatur beating the Vikings in University Place.

“Nobody on the team really stepped up,” said Decatur head coach Rick Dennison. “We were very flat. Curtis came into the Aquatic Center, a world-class facility, with blood in their eyes and boy, they took it to us.”

Curtis used its superior depth to blow away Decatur. The Gators won seven of the 12 total events during the dual meet, but the Vikings had a total of 10 second-place finishes and went 2-3-4 in six events.

“I knew that’s what we had to do well,” Dennison said. “I knew we would get our first-place finishes. But we didn’t get much else. I didn’t think we’d get beaten as bad as we did. We got slammed.”

Decatur got a pair of individual wins from sophomore Tom Cunningham in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.57) and the 50 free (23.21) and senior Seamus Alger in the 200 individual medley (1:58.49) and the 500 free (5:00.38).

The best race of the day was a showdown between Curtis’ Aaron Hughes and Decatur’s Stephen Sullivan in the 100 breaststroke. Hughes, who finished fifth in the state last year, ended up out-touching Sullivan by .33 seconds Tuesday. Sullivan finished ninth at the Class 4A state meet last year as a freshman.

“That was a good one,” Dennison said. “I thought that Stephen had him on the last turn. But he kind of pulled away right at the end.”

Decatur got a total of five state-qualifying swims and eight district times during the meet.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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