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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | April 23, 2021


OWEGO — Waverly will advance 11 swimmers and all three relays to Saturday’s Section IV, Class C swimming championships at Watkins Glen High School.

The top 16 finishers in each event advance to Saturday’s finals, with the 17th- and 18th-place finishers serving as alternates.

Juniors Lourden Benjamin and Delaney Vascoe and the top individual finishes, and paced the Lady Wolverines with four top-five finishes.

Benjamin finished fourth in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:30.58, while Vascoe was fifth in 2:34.94, and 7th-grader Lizzy Robinson was 13th in 3:08.73.

Benjamin placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:08.32, and Josie VanDyke was 16th in 1:27.58.

Vascoe finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:21.33, while sophomore Sophia DeSisti was 12th in 1:31.84, and junior Nicole Bunke was 16th in 1:39.4.

Benjamin, Vascoe, Desisti and junior Willow Sharpsteen place fourth in the  200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:07.87, and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.63.

Senior Mara Callear placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:32.7, while 7th-grader Emma Vanderhoof was 16th in 7:40.8, and senior Rachel Smith was 17th in 7:51.72.

Sharpsteen was sixth in thee 100-yard butterfly in 1:10.92, and Robinson was 14th in 1:31.39.

The foursome of Callear, sophomore Josie VanDyke, 7th-grader Mira Kittle, and Bunke teamed to place sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of  4:44.63.

DeSisti placed eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.94 seconds, and Kittle was ninth in 29.12 seconds.

Sharpsteen finished ninth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:26.89, and Callear was 10th in 2:29.09.

Kittle finished 11th in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:07.59, and Bunke was 15th in 1:10.8.

The Class C Championships begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Watkins Glen High School.


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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 five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).