SPORTS HEADLINES

Eagles set for district

By Richard Greene | Published Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Decatur Eagles and Lady Eagles swim teams will try to splash their way to regional bids Saturday at the District 6-4A meet.

Decatur will hit the pool at 11 a.m. at the Denton ISD Natatorium to compete against Denton, Denton Ryan, Argyle and Byron Nelson.

The top six finishers in each event qualify for regionals.

Decatur coach Doris Dennard is optimistic about her teams prospects heading into the district meet for a third time. The program has 18 swimmers compared to last year when there were only eight.

“I am very proud of all the swimmers this year,” she said. “They have all worked very hard and have shown great improvements throughout the season.

“We’ll have more qualify for the regional meet than ever before. We could possibly have eight individuals and five relays.”

Junior Hayley Raasch may be Decatur’s surest bet for a medal. She enters district seeded second in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:33.61 and second in the 100-yard backstroke with a 1:09.03. She is less than a second off Ryan’s Mandi Sutherland’s top time in the backstroke.

Freshman Haley Dennard is ranked second in the 100-yard freestyle with her 1:01. She is fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a 27.41.

The girls 400-yard freestyle is also tabbed second with a time of 4:29.56.

For the Eagles, David Talley enters district with the second-best time in the 50-yard freestyle with a 24.26. He is fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a 56.33.

Dosson Lewthwaite is seeded fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Decatur boys 200-yard medley relay enters with the third best time of 2:02.8.

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