Swimming: Rowden earns trip back to Austin

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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For a fourth straight year, Katey Rowden is heading to Austin.

The Decatur senior swimmer booked another state trip Saturday, capturing the Region II 5A title in the 100 butterfly in a personal best 59.14.

FLYING TO GOLD – Decatur senior Katey Rowden won the 100 butterfly Saturday at the Region II 5A meet in Mansfield. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

“Lord, this one is for you. I couldn’t be in this sport without him,” Rowden said.

“The 100 fly is my favorite event. I wanted to go out like nothing else.”

It was her fourth region title. She won the 50 and 100 freestyle regional crowns as a freshman and the 50 as a sophomore. Last year, she finished second in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly and received call-ups to state.

“It’s real exciting,” Rowden said about a fourth trip to state. “This year has been the toughest, applying to colleges and swimming.”

Rowden turned in a 1:00.69 in prelims and entered the finals with the best time. In the finals, she swam a 27.35 in the first 50 and pulled away from the field with her 31.73 on the second lap.

“That was all God,” Rowden said.

Decatur coach Brooklyn Huffman added that Rowden will try to break 59 seconds at the University Interscholastic League State Championships Feb. 20-21.

Rowden knows she has some work to do before then.

“Coach said I need to work on my turns,” Rowden said.

Rowden took the silver medal in the 50 Saturday, swimming 25.02. Granbury’s Kaylee Brawner won in 24.59.


Decatur sophomore Allie Blevins made the finals in both of her individual distance events Saturday.

Blevins finished fifth in the 200 freestyle in 2:06.82.

“I did better than [prelims] and dropped two seconds,” Blevins said. “I was hoping for third but I was glad to drop my time.”

She finished a spot better in the 500, completing the endurance race in 5:39.02.

“I got my best time. My splits were right on point,” Blevins said.

“I’ve got two more years to keep improving. I definitely improved a lot.”


Decatur sophomore Ethan Miles won the consolation finals of the 50 freestyle Saturday in 23.16.

Miles’ time was better than three swimmers in the finals.

“I was really happy. I cut down a second and that’s a lot in the 50,” Miles said.

Colton Teter was second in the consolation finals in 23.37 .

“I felt good. It was a solid race,” Teter said.

Miles finished sixth in the 100 backstroke in 58.19.


200 medley relay: 5. Decatur (Caraline Cowdrey, Allie Blevins, Katey Rowden, Emily Howdeshell), 2:07.63

200 freestyle: 5. Allie Blevins, 2:06.82

50 freestyle: 2. Katey Rowden, 25.02

100 butterfly: 1. Katey Rowden, 59.14

500 freestyle: 4. Allie Blevins, 5:39.02

200 freestyle relay: 9. Decatur (Allie Blevins, Caraline Cowdrey, Emily Howdeshell, Katey Rowden) 1:52.55

100 backstroke: 16. Caraline Cowdrey, 1:16.48

Team: 9. Decatur, 113


200 freestyle: 16. Robert Davila, 2:09.78

50 freestyle: 9. Ethan Miles, 23.16; 10. Colton Teter, 23.37

200 freestyle relay: 11. Decatur (Colton Teter, Robert Davila, Dylan Carter, Ethan Miles), 1:38.9

100 backstroke: 6. Ethan Miles, 58.19

Team: 13. Decatur, 42

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