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Decatur swimmers battle for regional bids; Rowden eyes 3rd trip to regionals

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014

After months of training and meets, the Decatur swim team will compete for regional spots Saturday at the District 6-4A meet.

The meet starts at 1 p.m. at the Denton Natatorium.

Flocking Together

FLOCKING TOGETHER – Decatur swimmers cheer together at practice Monday. The team will compete at the District 6-4A meet Saturday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I’m excited for them to compete,” said Decatur coach Brooklyn Huffman. “It’s a tough district with Byron Nelson.”

Decatur junior Katey Rowden will be looking for a third straight regional and state bid, starting at Saturday’s district meet. Rowden qualified for state as a freshman in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Last year, she made it in the 50.

This year, she will be swimming the 50 and 100 butterfly.

“I haven’t swam the fly at district before,” Rowden said. “This summer I swam the 100, and it stood out how I’ve progressed in it. I’m excited about it.”

Rowden will also compete on the Decatur 200 and 400 relays.

“The relays are coming together,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of new people, and they’ve been great additions. Most of the freshmen have swam before.”

Huffman said the boys squad is young with mostly freshmen.

She expects Ethan Miles to make a splash Saturday in the 50 and 100.

Miles admits there are some nerves competing at district for the first time.

“I’m kinda nervous,” he said. “I’m trying to get to regionals. A district title wouldn’t be bad.”

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