Swimming: Decatur Gators dominate at all-city meet

The 2022 swim regular season came to a close Oct. 18 with the all-city swim meet at the King County Aquatic Center. The Decatur Golden Gators were crowned the best in the city, scoring 155 points over the 12 events. Coming in second was Thomas Jefferson with 132. Third place went to Federal Way with 83 points, and rounding out the competition in the fourth spot was Todd Beamer with 72.

Thomas Jefferson was victorious in six of the 12 events at King County Aquatic Center. Junior Erin Bae won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 27.18 seconds. She also was on top in the 100 yard freestyle with 59.75 seconds, six seconds faster than the closest competitor. TJ had another junior leading the charge as well, Emma Calin. She won the 100 yard butterfly (1:07.08) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:13.24). The Raiders were also winners in the first event of the meet, the 200 yard medley relay (2:03.34), as well as the 200 yard freestyle relay (1:55.77).

Decatur won four races of their own. Three of the races were won by individuals and one team relay. En route to the Gators’ win, there were 17 swimmers who finished second or third throughout the 12 events, totaling 100 of their 155 points. Decatur was led by two sophomores, Roha Thomas and Violet Tucker. Thomas topped the competition with a 2:36.47 first place finish in the 200 yard individual medley. Tucker clocked a 5:49.13 in the 500 yard freestyle race, beating the next closest finisher by 33 seconds. The other Decatur victor was senior Alexis Mangalindan, winning the 200 freestyle (2:27.53). The lone Decatur relay win was in the final event the 400 yard freestyle.

Todd Beamer’s lone race win was from junior Emma Campos in the 100 meter backstroke (1:12.28). Campos always was in third place in the 50 yard freestyle, totaling 15 solo points for her team. Todd Beamer also scored 10 points in the 200 yard freestyle relay.

Federal Way High School came in third place in the meet, and didn’t have one first place finisher. The highest finish for the Eagles were two fourth place finishes from Samantha Jolley. Her two races were the 200 yard IM (3:05.49) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:29.49).

Of those who qualified to move on, swimmers have a chance to swim for a state title Nov. 10-11 at the King County Aquatic Center.