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Swimming: Preparing for regional meet – Relay, Teter make bid for state

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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Ready to Race

READY TO RACE – The Decatur High School Eagles and Lady Eagles swim teams will compete for Region 2-5A honors in Mansfield Friday after a strong performance at the district meet. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

When Colton Teter dives into the water to swim the 50 freestyle event at Thursday’s Region 2-5A Championship meet, it could be the senior’s last time to do so.

Teter enters the meet seeded fifth, less than a second off Mansfield Legacy’s Sam Sok. Teter’s teammate Ethan Miles is 10th.

Coach Brooklyn Huffman said the seeding doesn’t necessarily reflect what Teter is capable of – he’s swam relay splits faster than the top time.

“His relay time would seed him number one,” Huffman said. “He honestly has a really good chance of going to state if he gets out there and does what he knows he can do. We’ve struggled this year with getting him to get his face back into the water quicker on his breath. Hopefully he’ll get out there and be focused on the win.”

Teter’s relay split, a 22.1, would put him in the first spot, Huffman said.

Teter said he prefers staying out of the spotlight.

“I like being the underdog,” he said. “I love it.”

While the meet could potentially represent a bittersweet end to Teter’s successful high school career, his teammates competing in the girls 200 freestyle relay event are just getting started.

No member of the Lady Eagles’ relay is a senior. The group of Jennifer Morehart, Allie Blevins, Madelyn McCloud, and Lizzy Rowden enter the meet seeded fifth, only about five seconds off Granbury High School’s top time.

Huffman said the girls stand a good chance of placing well or even making a bid for state.

“Our girls are aiming to swim around 26.00 [splits],” she said. “It’s very doable for them. All of them have swam at least a 26.00 this season at some point. They get a little hyped up for that. They’ll wear [Speedo] Fastskins. That’s kind of a mental edge.”

Morehart will move to the freestyle spot on the girls 200 medley relay in place of Marissa Ledford.

Huffman said, overall, the team is set to do well this weekend.

“Their training is kind of lined up for them to peak at about this time,” she said. “Mainly what we talk about is for them to go out and hopefully swim their best times this week. I think that’s what we’ll see.”

All Smiles

ALL SMILES – Junior Allie Blevins enters the meet seeded well in several events. She’s fourth in the 200 freestyle and second in the 500 freestyle. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

5A REGION II SEEDINGS

GIRLS

200 Yard Medley Relay – Caraline Cowdrey, Bleu Davis, Payten Tynsky, Jennifer Morehart: 13, 2:14.57

200 Yard Freestyle – Allie Blevins: 4, 2:07.69

200 Yard IM – Madelyn McCloud: 13, 2:36.20

50 Yard Freestyle – Lizzy Rowden: 8, 26.91, Bleu Davis: 12, 27.67, Jennifer Morehart: 13, 27.70

100 Yard Butterfly – Madelyn McCloud: 9, 1:12.61

100 Yard Freestyle – Lizzy Rowden: 5, 58.22

500 Yard Freestyle – Allie Blevins 2, 5:35.34

200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Jennifer Morehart, Allie Blevins, Madelyn McCloud, Lizzy Rowden: 5, 1:49.41

100 Yard Backstroke – Payten Tynsky: 19, 1:15.13

100 Yard Breaststroke – Bleu Davis: 12, 1:22.46, Jennifer Morehart: 13, 1:22.84

400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Allie Blevins, Jennifer Morehart, Madelyn McCloud, Lizzy Rowden: 4:05.64

Pushing Through

PUSHING THROUGH – Dylan Carter competes in the 100 breastroke. Carter’s fourth-place slot at the district meet qualified him for a chance to compete with the region’s best swimmers. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

BOYS

200 Yard Medley Relay – Ethan Miles, Travis Young, Dylan Carter, Colton Teter: 12, 1:54.79

50 Yard Freestyle – Colton Teter: 5, 23.10, Ethan Miles: 10, 23.61

100 Yard Butterfly – Dylan Carter: 14, 1:03.05

100 Yard Freestyle – Colton Teter: 8, 51.63

200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Ethan Miles, Caleb Black, Dylan Carter, Colton Teter: 13, 1:40.66

100 Yard Backstroke – Ethan Miles: 7, 59.61

100 Yard Breaststroke – Dylan Carter: 12, 1:15.11

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