Swimming: Teter sprints to district crown

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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After taking a year off from swimming, Colton Teter is now a district champion.

The Decatur junior, who entered the District 6-5A meet seeded fifth, sprinted past the field to win the gold medal in the 50 freestyle Saturday.

“That meant a lot,” said Teter, who ran upstairs at the Grapevine-Colleyville Swim Center Saturday after his victory to celebrate with his family.

Teter finished in 23.69, narrowing out Grapevine’s Corey Beitler in 23.81.

“It was the push at the end [that won it],” Teter said.

Teter came into the meet with a seed time of 24.57.

Decatur’s Ethan Miles was third in 24-flat.

“It was more of a competition between teammates,” Teter said.

Teter and Miles advance to the 5A Region II meet Feb. 6-7 in Mansfield. The top six individuals and relays advance from each event.


Halfway through the 200 freestyle Saturday, Decatur junior Allie Blevins owned a five-second lead.

Headed for Gold

HEADED FOR GOLD – Decatur sophomore Allie Blevins splashes through the water Saturday on her way to winning the District 6-5A title in the 200 freestyle. Blevins finished second in the 500 freestyle. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Blevins went on to win by 12 seconds with a time of 2:10.19.

Blevins jumped out to the early lead and gained at least two seconds on the field with each lap.

“I was focused on my time,” Blevins said. “In swimming, you’re not just competing with other people. You’re competing with yourself.

“I’m happy. I’ve never got first at district.”

Blevins turned in a 29.75 on her first lap and completed the first 100 in 1:02.37.

“It’s a hard race. It’s an all-out sprint,” she said. “It was a good first 100. My second 100 was not as good as I had hoped.”

Blevins took second in the grueling 500 in 5:44.05.

She stayed with Grapevine’s Ariana Monteiro until the fifth lap, falling two seconds behind. Monteiro won by nearly six seconds.

“It was basically her and I,” Blevins said. “I tried to stay with her and didn’t want to get too far behind.”


MEDAL COLLECTORS – Decatur boys 200 medley relay members Trey Dale, Ethan Miles, Dylan Carter and Colton Teter look at their silver medals. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Nearing the wall as the anchor leg in the 200 freestyle relay, Ethan Miles stretched out to narrowly claim the silver medal for the Decatur squad that included Colton Teter, Robert Davila and Dylan Carter.

Miles touched the wall in 1:40.05 – 0.15 ahead of Denton’s final swimmer.

“It came down to who wanted it more,” Miles said. “When I started we were head to head. I fought the whole way.”

Miles repeated the stretch in the 100 backstroke and again claimed the silver medal. Miles finished in 1:00.12 – 0.01 ahead of Grapevine’s Nicholas Tsigas.

“On the backstroke, I can’t really see him,” Miles explained. “I gave it 100 percent the whole race. I can barely feel my legs.

“I like to keep it interesting.”


Decatur senior Kate Grant took third in the 100 backstroke in 1:11.32.

She finished a second off her seeded time. She said she cost herself a shot at second and better time with her turn.

“On my flip turn I was on the lane line,” Grant said. “I could’ve gone 1:10 or 1:09 with a better turn. In swimming, the turns really count.”


The Decatur girls 200 medley relay got Saturday’s meet off to a blazing start, turning in a 2:09.36 for third.

Standing Together

STANDING TOGETHER – Decatur girls 200 medley relay members Kate Grant, Allie Blevins, Katey Rowden and Emily Howdeshell celebrate bronze medals Saturday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The team of Kate Grant, Allie Blevins, Katey Rowden and Emily Howdeshell cut more than six seconds off its time coming into district.

“We didn’t expect to do that good,” Blevins said. “I’m proud of my team.”

Blevins, Caraline Cowdrey, Grant and Rowden took third in the 200 freestyle in 1:52.75.

The Decatur boys 200 medley relay squad of Ethan Miles, Trey Dale, Dylan Carter and Colton Teter finished third in 1:58.22 – two seconds better than its seed time.


Decatur coach Brooklyn Huffman was named 6-5A girls coach of the year after guiding her Lady Eagles to a third-place finish Saturday.

The Decatur Eagle boys also took third.

Huffman was pleased with the performance of all of her swimmers.

“[The girls] are going into regionals with some fast times,” Huffman said. “They cut a lot of time off in the medley relays.

“[The boys] were amazing. They gave all they had in every race.”



200 medley relay: 3. Decatur (Kate Grant, Allie Blevins, Katey Rowden, Emily Howdeshell) 2:09.36

200 freestyle: 1. Allie Blevins, 2:10.19; 5. Marissa Ledford, 2:38.2

50 freestyle: 1. Katey Rowden, 25.41; 8. Emily Howdeshell, 30.01

100 butterfly: 1. Katey Rowden, 1:01.15

100 freestyle: 7. Kate Grant, 1:04.55; 8. Emily Howdeshell, 1:06.43; 9. Caraline Cowdrey, 1:07.09; 11. Marissa Ledford, 1:09.76

500 freestyle: 2. Allie Blevins, 5:44.05

200 freestyle relay: 3. Decatur (Allie Blevins, Caraline Cowdrey, Kate Grant, Katey Rowden) 1:52.75

100 backstroke: 3. Kate Grant, 1:11.32; 5. Caraline Cowdrey, 1:16.08

RETURNING FOR WIN – After taking a year off, Decatur junior Colton Teter returned to the pool to win the district title in the 50 freestyle. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty


200 medley relay: 3. Decatur (Ethan Miles, Trey Dale, Dylan Carter) 1:58.22

200 freestyle: 4. Robert Davila, 2:08.11; 8. Travis Young, 2:43.69; 10. Ziggy Crider, 2:46.47

50 freestyle: 1. Colton Teter, 23.69; 3. Ethan Miles, 24.0; 8. Dylan Carter, 25.81

100 butterfly: 7. Dylan Carter, 1:11.39

100 freestyle: 9. Robert Davila, 59.26; 10. Trey Dale, 1:01.52; 17. Caleb Black, 1:19.34

200 freestyle relay: 2. Decatur (Colton Teter, Robert Davila, Dylan Carter, Ethan Miles) 1:40.05

100 backstroke: 2. Ethan Miles, 1:00.12; 12. Ziggy Crider, 1:21.65

100 breastroke: 8. Trey Dale, 1:16.93; 14. Travis Young, 1:28.14; 15. Caleb Black, 1:38.53

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