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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | December 9, 2021 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney


WAVERLY — Lansing won two of the last three events to pull out a 96-87 win over Waverly here Thursday afternoon in a key early-season IAC boys swim meet.

The Wolverines led 71-66 after nine events, but the Bobcats swept the top three spots in the 100-yard backstroke to take a 79-74 lead with two events remaining.

Senior Kaden Wheeler won the 100-yard breaststroke — one of his four wins— in a time of 1:08.51, and freshman Jason Marrone was third in 1:27.25, but Lansing swimmers finished second, fourth, and fifth, respectively to maintain an 87-83 advantage.

The Wolverines split their top swimmers in the 400-yard freestyle relay in an effort to finish, at worst, first and third for the win, but Lansing’s foursome won the meet-closing event by more than 20 seconds to clinch the victory.

Wheeler, and junior Jerrell Sackett were both quad-winners to lead Waverly, while junior Oscar Williams was a triple-winner, and sophomore Liam Wright notched one win.

Wheeler, who won the aforementioned butterfly, also won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 55.56 seconds.

Wheeler teamed with Sackett, Williams, and junior Ryan Clark to win the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:47.68. The same foursome teamed to win the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:36.9.

Sackett won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 22.03 seconds. He also won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 50.28 seconds, and Clark was second in 53.33 seconds

Williams won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:33.08, and Wright was second in 5:33.47

Wright won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:01.56, and Williams was second in 2:01.75

Clark finished second in the 200-yard IM in 2:21.17

Freshman Riley Pipher was second in the 1-meter diving with 127.3 points — just 0.9 points behind Lansing’s Toby Rigdon.

Waverly, now 1-1, returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Watkins Glen.


IN PHOTO: Kaden Wheeler and Jerrell Sackett.


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Tim Birney

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.