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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | September 16, 2021 | Photo courtesy Lori Vascoe


WAVERLY — Southern Cayuga won the last four events, and also had a third-place finish in the meet-closing 400-yard freestyle relay to pull out a 86-81 win over Waverly here Thursday afternoon in IAC girls swimming action.

Seniors Lourden Benjamin and Willow Sharpsteen, and 8th-grader Mira Kittle were double-winners for the Lady Wolverines, who fall to 1-1 on the season.

Benjamin, Sharpsteen and Kittle teamed with senior Delaney Vascoe to win meet-opening 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 2:09.82 — 21 1/2 seconds faster than Southern Cayuga’s foursome. Waverly’s second really team finished third to it to a quick 10-4 lead.

Benjamin won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:22.49, but Southern Cayuga swimmers finished 2-4 to trim the deficit to 17-13.

Vascoe (2:36.35) and 8th-grader Liz Robinson (2:56.44) finished 2-3 in the 200-meter IM, but SC’s 1-4-5 finish trimmed the lead to 24-22.

Kittle won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 28.0 seconds, and junior Sophia DeSisti was third in 28.64 seconds as Waverly extended its lead to 35-27.

Robinson posted her first varsity victory in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:21.77, and junior Josie VanDyke was second in 1:27.33 to give Waverly a 45–30 advantage.

DeSisti won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:02.8, and Benjamin was third in 1:03.55 as Waverly took its biggest lead in the meet, at 54-37.

Sharpsteen won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 6:27.2, but SC swimmers finished 2-3 to keep the Waverly lead at 17 points, at 62–45.

The Lady Chiefs won the 200-meter freestyle really, edging the Waverly foursome by 0.78 seconds. They also finished third to trim the deficit to 66-55.

Southern Cayuga finished 1-3-5 in the 100-yard backstroke to pull within four points, at 72-65. Kittle finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:12.47 for the Lady Wolverines.

Vascoe finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:23.95, with SC swimmers finished 1-3-4 to pull within one point, at 77-76.

Southern Cayuga’s win in the 400-meter relay, plus the third-place finish gave them 86-81 win.

The Lady Wolverines host their annual invitational Saturday.



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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.