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Swimming: Swimming upstream – Improving Decatur relay eyes regional bid

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Every time he’s entered the pool this season, Robert Davila has been motivated by the same thought.

“It’s my senior year and last year in swimming. I want to make every moment count,” Davila explained.

Making a Splash

MAKING A SPLASH – Decatur swimmers Ethan Miles, Colton Teter, Trey Dale, Robert Davila and Dylan Carter will try to bring home medals from this weekend’s district meet before turning their attention to earning a region finals spot. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

His fellow members of the Decatur boys swim team have taken a similar approach, which has them poised to compete for a regional finals bid. First they will compete at the District 6-5A meet Saturday at the Grapevine ISD Natatorium.

The top six in each event will move on to regionals. In the six-team league, the Eagles are assured of a regional trip in their two relays – the 200 individual medley and 400 freestyle. But they don’t just want to show up at regionals. They want to be among the top 16 teams in the finals.

“We’re trying to go out with a bang,” said Decatur senior Trey Dale.

Dale and Davila are joined by juniors and a sophomore on their relays. Dale is with juniors Colton Teter and Dylan Carter and sophomore Ethan Miles on the medley. Davila is teamed with Teter, Carter and Miles on the 200 freestyle.

Decatur swim coach Brooklyn Huffman believes the two relays will have a shot at the regional finals based off their improvement throughout the season. She said the 200 freestyle relay has cut 10 seconds off its time from the start of the year. She added that the swimmers have trimmed several seconds off their times in individual events.

“”Last year, we were predominantly a female team. This year, the guys have been awesome,” Huffman said. “Just the energy they’ve brought has been awesome. They are a fun group of guys. They are always cheering each other on.”

Huffman credits some of the team’s success to her seniors – Dale and Davila.

“Trey has been the backbone with his leadership. He’s been a good mentor for the younger swimmers,” Huffman said. “Robert has been the MVP. Every day, he busts his butt.”

The team also has fed off the spark that Teter has brought since rejoining the swim program. After a solid freshman year, he sat out his sophomore season.

“Having Teter back has really helped us,” Miles said.

Teter added that he’s glad to be back in the pool and seeing his times drop.

“I missed it,” he said. “Last year, I was working a lot and didn’t have time for it.”

Along with their hard work in the pool, Carter said the relays have benefited from the group’s tight bond.

“We’re around each other more and hang out after school,” Carter said. “We want to go to regionals and do better.”

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