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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | September 18, 2021 | Photo courtesy Lori Vascoe


WAVERLY — Eighth-grader Mira Kittle, and a pair of relays posted fourth-place finishes to lead the Lady Wolverines, who finished fourth here Saturday at the annual Waverly Swimming & Diving Invitational.

Chenango Valley won the team title in swimming with 437 points, while Corning was second with 419, Maine-Endwell was third with 392, Waverly tallied 218, Elmira was fifth with 203, and Notre Dame was sixth with 108 points.

Corning won the 1-meter diving team competition with 62 points, with Maine-Endwell second at 38 points, Elmira third at 33, and Waverly fourth with 6 points.

Kittle placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 27.79 seconds, and junior Sophia DeSisti was ninth in a personal-best 28.69 seconds.

The foursome of seniors Lourden Benjamin, Delaney Vascoe, and Willow Sharpsteen and junior Sophia DeSisti finished fourth in the 200-yard medley in a time of 2:11.4.

Benjamin, Sharpsteen, and DeSisti teamed with Kittle to finish fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a season-best time of 1:55.1.

Benjamin finished sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:13.68, and junior Josie VanDyke was 15th in a personal-best time of 1:22.15

Sharpsteen finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:14.63, and 8th-grader Lizzie Robinson was 14th in 1:24.75.

Vascoe finished sixth in the 500-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 6:15.36, and Vanderhoof was 15th in a personal-best time of  7:14.92.

The quartet of Kittle, VanDyke, Robinson, and Vascoe finished sixth in the 400-yard free relay in a time of 4:32.96.

Sharpsteen finished seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:25.23, and 8th-grader Emma Vanderhoof was 15th in 2:43.05.

DeSisti finished seventh in the 100-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 1:02.54, and Kittle was 10th in 1:04.3

Vascoe finished seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:23.73, and senior Nicole Bunke was 12th in 1:43.1.

Benjamin finished eighth in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:40.43.

VanDyke finished 10th in the 1-meter diving competition with 252.4 points.

Waverly returns to action Tuesday at Dryden.



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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.