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Swimming: 4-for-4 – Decatur’s Rowden wins 4th district gold in 50

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Decatur’s Katey Rowden finished undefeated in the 50 freestyle at the district level Saturday.

GOLDEN SMILE – Decatur’s Katey Rowden receives a gold medal after winning the 50 freestyle district title for a fourth time. The senior was named the girls swimmer of the year. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Rowden flew through the pool at the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Swim Center at the 6-5A meet in 25.41 to claim her fourth straight district gold medal in the event.

“It’s an awesome feeling. It was good to finish it off,” Rowden said.

It was one of two individual gold medals for the Decatur senior, who was named the meet’s top girl swimmer. She also won the 100 butterfly to bring her final tally of district individual gold medals to seven.

“That’s all God,” Rowden said. “I couldn’t do it without him.”

Rowden advances to the 5A Region II meet Feb. 6-7 as she tries for a fourth straight trip to the state meet.

“That’s what I’m shooting for – to get to state and, Lord willing, do good at state,” Rowden said.

In the 50 freestyle Saturday, Rowden put the race away before the turn with a powerful start. She ended up finishing more than a second-and-half ahead of Denton’s Delia Breedlove.

In the 100 butterfly, Rowden was even more impressive, winning by almost four seconds, finishing in 1:01.15.

She turned in a 28-second second split.

“My turns have got so much better and I felt strong my second 50,” Rowden said. “It helped my teammates were there cheering for me.”

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