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Swimming: Going medal collecting – Decatur swimmers vie for titles at district meet

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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Putting In the Work

PUTTING IN THE WORK – Decatur’s Caleb Black turns in laps in the pool during a recent workout at Fit-N-Wise. Decatur will compete in the District 6-5A meet Saturday in Grapevine. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Allie Blevins left the District 6-5A swim meet last January with a pocket full of medals – a gold, a silver and two bronzes.

Saturday, the Decatur junior is hoping to bring home another stash of medals but all gold.

“That’d be amazing,” Blevins said.

Blevins and the Decatur team will compete at the district meet starting at 2 p.m. in Grapevine. The top six individual and relays will advance to the 5A Region II meet Feb. 5-6 in Mansfield.

Blevins is in position to bring home four gold medals. She is the top seed in the 200 and 500. She is also part of the Lady Eagles’ top-seeded 200 and 400 freestyle relays with Lizzy Rowden, Jennifer Morehart and Madelyn McCloud.

Blevins is the defending champion in the 200. She took second in the 500 last year.

Even as the top seed in both events, she’s not taking anything for granted.

“The girl behind me [in the 200] is only a second off,” Blevins said.

Decatur’s Colton Teter will also be looking to defend a crown Saturday. Teter claimed the 50 freestyle last year in 23.69. He enters the district meet seeded second with his top time of 22.72. Grapevine’s Christian Hambrock has the top time – 22.61.

“I like being the underdog,” said Teter, who did not have the top time entering last year’s district meet. “I want it pretty bad with it being my senior year.”

The girls 400 freestyle relay enter the district meet with the top time by 20 seconds with its 4:03.73. The squad has a slight edge on Grapevine in the 200 with its best time of 1:48.62.

Decatur coach Brooklyn Huffman expects her entire team to rise to the occasion Saturday after hitting a lull in the past two meets.

“The last two meets have not been our best, but we don’t taper until the week before district,” Huffman said. “Hopefully we’ll be ready and go into regionals seeded well.

“I think we are ready. We’ve been training hard, getting great starts and making fast turns.”

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