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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | December 14, 2021 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney


WAVERLY — The outcome was in doubt until the final event, but the Waverly foursome of juniors Jerrell Sackett, Oscar Williams and Sheldon Huddleston, and sophomore Liam Wright won the meet-closing, 400-yard freestyle in convincing fashion to seal Waverly's 91-86 win over Watkins Glen / O-M here Tuesday afternoon in IAC boys swimming action.

The Seneca Indians finished 1-3-4 in the penultimate event — 100-yard breaststroke — to trim Waverly's lead from 78-69 to 83-80 heading into the 400 free relay.

Sackett, Huddleston, Wright, and Williams clocked in at 3:42.42 — more than 12 seconds faster than WG / O-M's second-place foursome.

Wright and Sackett were quad-winners for the Wolverines, who improve to 2-1, while Williams, senior Kaden Wheeler, and junior Ryan Clark were triple-winners.

Wright won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:01.05. He also won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:31.17, and Williams was second in 5:35.06.

Junior Jerrell Sackett won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 22.01 seconds. He also won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.23 seconds.

Sackett, Wright, Wheeler and Clark teamed to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:33.94.

Williams, Clark, Wheeler, and freshman Jason Marrone teamed to win the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:52.56.

Wheeler won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 56.44, and Clark was second in 58.47 seconds. Wheeler finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:09.3.

Williams won the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:13.66, and Clark won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:06.96

Freshman Riley Pipher finished second in the 1-meter diving competition with 108.4 points

Waverly returns to action Tuesday at Southern Cayuga.


IN PHOTO 1: Waverly's Liam Wright. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.


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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.