MVP ATANASOFF LEADS WAVERLY TO RECORD-SETTING TITLE AT LEAGUE MEET
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | February 15, 2020
WAVERLY — Senior Mike Atanasoff, who was named meet MVP, was the day’s only four-time winner, and Waverly won the IAC Boys Swimming & Diving Championships in record fashion here Saturday afternoon.
The Wolverines amassed a meet-record 503 points, topping the previous high of 482 points set by Lansing in 2012. Southern Cayuga was second with 389 points, while Lansing was third with 317, O-M was fourth with 304 points, and Watkins Glen was fifth with 168.
Sophomore Kaden Wheeler and junior Kaden Wheeler were triple-winners for Waverly, which has won the IAC title three times in the last four years.
Atanasoff won the 100-yard freestyle in a new IAC Championship record time of 47.87 seconds, breaking the 20-year-old record of 48.62 seconds, set by Watkins Glen’s Sasha Kuznesov in 2000.
Bennett was second in the 100 free at 52.65 seconds, senior Brandon Clark was fourth in a personal-best time of 55.24 seconds, and junior Max Pan was eight in a personal-best time of 58.68 seconds.
Atanasoff won the 200-yard freestyle by more than 11 seconds, clocking in at 1:46.61, which ranks second on Waverly’s all-time Top 25. Junior Dillon Madigan (2:05.52), senior Nick Janzen (2:06.54), and 8th-grader Ryan Clark (2:06.85) finished fifth through seventh, respectively, for the Wolverines.
Atanasoff teamed with Wheeler, Bennett, and freshman Jerrell Sackett to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:30.41 — just shy of the state cut time of 1:30.12. The time was good for fourth on Waverly’s all-time top 25.
Atanasoff, Wheeler, Bennett and Brandon Clark teamed to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:30.12 — topping the second-place relay by more than 10 seconds.
Wheeler won the 100-yard butterfly by nearly seven seconds, clocking in with a time of 54.29 seconds, while Ryan Clark was sixth in a personal-best time of 1:05.72, and Madigan was seventh with a personal-best time of 1:05.86.
Bennett won the 50-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 22.78 seconds, which moves him into the eighth spot in the all-time top 25. Senior Josh Lee was third with a personal-best time of 24.22 seconds, Sackett was fourth with a personal-best time of 24.31 seconds, and Brandon Clark was seventh with a personal-best time of 25.32 seconds.
Junior Collin Keefer won the 500-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 5:25.33 — more than 11 seconds faster than his previous best, while freshman Oscar Williams was second in a personal-best time of 5:26.21 — more than eight seconds faster than his previous best. Keefer’s time ranks 18th, and Williams’ 20th on Waverly’s all-time top 25 in the event.
Eighth-grader Liam Wright was fifth in the 500 free in a personal-best time of 5:43.49 — more than eight seconds faster than his previous best, and senior Nick Janzen was ninth in a personal-best time of 6:08.37.
Streeter won the 1-meter diving event with 411 points, led the Wolverines to the IAC diving championship over Watkins Glen.
Wheeler finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 58.38 seconds, while Sackett was sixth in a personal-best time of 1:06.75, and Streeter was 13th in a personal-best time of 1:18.26.
Williams finished third in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:16.61, while Keefer was fourth in 2:17.51, and 8th-grader Liam Wright was seventh in 2:30.6. Williams’ time was good for 19th, and Keefer’s 21st in the all-time top 25.
Lee, Brandon Clark, Pan and Keefer teamed to finish third in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:55.22.
’Lee was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in a personal-best time of 1:13.43, and Pan was eighth in a personal-best time of 1:17.06.
Waverly returns to action Wednesday in the Section IV, Class B prelims at Owego at 4 p.m.
About the Author
Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.
Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.
River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.