Swimming: Blevins captures title in 500

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Getting In Front

GETTING IN FRONT – Decatur’s Allie Blevins adds to her lead in the 500 on the way to a victory. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

In the final 50 yards of the 200 freestyle Saturday, Allie Blevins’ lead slipped away with Argyle’s Heidi Reuter edging her out at the wall.

That only fueled the Decatur junior during the grueling 500 freestyle minutes later. Blevins led from wire to wire and won the District 6-5A gold medal in 5:35.34. She finished more than a second ahead of Reuter.

“[The 200] put me on edge. I wasn’t going to let her come get me again,” Blevins said.

It was one of three gold medals on the day for Blevins. She helped the 400 and 200 freestyle relays to the top of the medal stand.

Blevins grabbed the lead early in the 500 and built the lead to nearly a second by the end of the first 100.

“I wanted to start out by getting the lead,” Blevins said.

Blevins grew the lead to nearly two seconds by 350 yards. Reuter then started trimming the lead.

“I saw her and Ethan [Miles], my counter, started shaking the board,” Blevins said. “That means I’m not on pace when he’s shaking it.”

She maintained the lead, hitting the final 50 with a 1.2-second edge on Reuter.

“I’m glad I won it. That one girl was pushing me the whole time,” Blevins said.

Blevins and the rest of Decatur’s top six finishes will advance to the Class 5A Region II meet Feb. 5-6 in Mansfield.


In a tight race throughout, the quartet of Jennifer Morehart, Allie Blevins, Madelyn McCloud and Lizzy Rowden rallied to edge Grapevine in the 200 freestyle relay and capture gold.

The Decatur team finished in 1:49.41. Grapevine touched the wall in 1:50.11.

Rowden erased a nearly full-second deficit in the last leg to pull off the win.

“It was great. We couldn’t do it without God,” Rowden said. “That was a fun race.”

After a strong leg by Morehart, Blevins put Decatur in front.

“I felt better than I expected,” she said.

McCloud turned in a 27-second lap and hit the wall with Decatur slightly behind.

“We were a little behind Grapevine. I tried to push myself,” McCloud said. “Lizzy, that fast little freshman fish, pulled through.

“This is a huge accomplishment. We’ve all come a long ways from the beginning of the year.”

Back Splash

BACK SPLASH – Decatur’s Ethan Miles powers his way through the pool in the backstroke. Miles finished third in the race and will advance to the regional meet. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty


The Decatur boys relays teams took silver medals in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.

The team of Ethan Miles, Travis Young, Dylan Carter and Colton Teter finished second in the medley in 1:54.79.

Teter made a big push at the end to pass Denton’s Tristan Polk.

“My takeoff was iffy,” Teter said. “I was able to pull them back in. I’m happy for my teammates for all they’ve put into it.”

Miles, Carter and Teter joined Caleb Black for the 200 freestyle, finishing second in 1:40.66.

Miles used a strong start to keep Decatur in the race early with Grapevine.

“I wanted to keep pace and let the other guys do their job,” Miles said.

After the legs of Black and Carter, Decatur was in second by nearly a second over Denton for Teter to bring home the silver medal.


Decatur freshman Lizzy Rowden brought home silver medals in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Rowden swam 26.91 in the 50, being edged out by Denton’s Delia Breedlove.

Breedlove also edged Rowden in a tight race in the 100. Rowden took second in 58.22.

“I’ll get her next year,” Rowden said.


Decatur senior Colton Teter took second in 50 freestyle in 23.10

Grapevine’s Christian Hambrock narrowed out the defending district champion with a 22.95.

Teter was third in the 100 freestyle in 51.63.

Major Awards

MAJOR AWARDS – Decatur swimmers brought home several medals from the 6-5A meet. The girls took second as a team and the boys third. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty



Team: 1. Grapevine 163, 2. Decatur 117, 3. Denton 98, 4. Birdville 51, 5. Eaton 33, 6. Azle 29, 7. Argyle 16

200 medley relay: 3. Decatur (Caraline Cowdrey, Bleu Davis, Payten Tynsky, Marissa Ledford), 2:14.57

200 freestyle: 2. Allie Blevins, 2:07.69; 8. Marissa Ledford, 2:37.78

200 individual medley: 3. Madelyn McCloud, 2:36.2

50 freestyle: 2. Lizzy Rowden, 26.91; 3. Bleu Davis, 27.67; 4. Jennifer Morehart, 27.7; 12. Caraline Cowdrey, 30.01

100 butterfly: 3. Madelyn McCloud, 1:12.61

100 freestyle: 2. Lizzy Rowden, 58.22; 7. Payten Tynsky, 1:08.51; 9. Marissa Ledford, 1:09.36

500 freestyle: 1. Allie Blevins, 5:35.34

200 freestyle relay: 1. Decatur (Jennifer Morehart, Allie Blevins, Madelyn McCloud, Lizzy Rowden), 1:49.41

100 backstroke: 6. Payten Tynsky, 1:15.13; 8. Caraline Cowdrey, 1:16.01

100 breaststroke: 4. Bleu Davis, 1:22.46; 5. Jennifer Morehart, 1:22.84

400 freestyle relay: 1. Decatur (Allie Blevins, Jennifer Morehart, Madelyn McCloud, Lizzy Rowden), 4:05.64


Team: 1. Grapevine 241, 2. Denton 66, 3. Decatur 63, 4. Birdville 51, 5. Azle 43, 6. Eaton 2

200 medley relay: 2. Decatur (Ethan Miles, Travis Young, Dylan Carter, Colton Teter), 1:54.79

200 freestyle: 10. Travis Young, 2:35.37; 11. Caleb Black, 2:44.96

50 freestyle: 2. Colton Teter, 23.1; 4. Ethan Miles, 23.61; 12. Ziggy Crider, 28.61; 15. Carter Hakanson, 36.15

100 butterfly: 4. Dylan Carter, 1:03.05

100 freestyle: 3. Colton Teter, 51.63; 11. Caleb Black, 1:07.8

200 freestyle relay: 2. Decatur (Ethan Miles, Caleb Black, Dylan Carter, Colton Teter), 1:40.66

100 backstroke: 3. Ethan Miles, 59.61; 9. Ziggy Crider, 1:14.03

100 breaststroke: 4. Dylan Carter, 1:15.11; 8. Travis Young, 1:21.94

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