KITTLE SMASHES 23-YEAR OLD SCHOOL RECORD; WINS FOUR EVENTS TO LEAD WAVERLY IN WIN OVER WHITNEY POINT
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | September 1, 2022 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney
WAVERLY — Freshman Mira Kittle demolished a 23-year-old school record,
and was a four-time winner to lead Waverly to a season-opening, 89-37,
win over Whitney Point here Thursday afternoon in IAC girls swimming
Kittle won the 100-yard backstroke in a school-record time of 1:00.64, beating the old mark, set in 1999 by Karissa Brown (1:03.31), by nearly three seconds. She also swam the third-fastest time in school history the 50-yard freestyle.
“We knew she was on the right path to a remarkable time when she had a split of 27.37 (seconds) in the backstroke leg of the opening event, the 200 Medley Relay,” said Waverly coach Amy Steck.
“She obliterated a 23-year-old record, what a night!,” added Steck.
Freshman Emma Vanderhoof was also a four-time winner for the Lady Wolverines, while freshmen Sophia Lee and Lizzy Robinson were triple-winners, and senior Sophia DeSisti were double-winners.
Kittle led a sweep in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking in at 25.7 seconds, while DeSisti was second in a personal-best time of 27.02 seconds, and senior Abby Knolles was third in 34.97 seconds.
Kittle teamed with Lee, Robinson, and DeSisti to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:10.59.
In exhibition, Kittle, Vanderhoof, freshman Vada Harmon, and senior Josie VanDyke teamed to win the 400-yard freestyle in a time of 4:51.48, while the foursome of Knolles,freshman Brinn Cooney, and freshmen Sophie Williams and Sydney Rosenbloom finished second in 5:41.94.
Vanderhoof led a sweep in the 200-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 2:28.14, while Robinson was second in 2:38.39, and senior Josie VanDyke was third in a personal-best time of 2:41.62.
Vanderhoof also won the 500-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 6:53.78, and freshman Sophie Williams was second in a personal-best time of 8:19.5.
Vanderhoof, DeSisti, Knolles and Robinson teamed to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 2:03.07, and the Waverly foursome of Lee, VanDyke, sophomore Brinn Cooney, and freshman Vada Harmon was second in 2:12.58.
Robinson won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:21.59, and Harmon was second in a personal-best time of 1:38.67.
Lee won the 200-yard IM in a personal-best time of 3:01.42. Swimming in exhibition, Lee won the 100-yard breaststroke in a personal-best time of 1:48.63, and Harmon was third, also swimming a personal-best time of 2:01.18.
DeSisti won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:00.01, and freshman Sydney Rosenbloom was third in a personal-best time of 1:25.26.
In exhibition, VanDyke won the 1-meter diving competition with 189.9 points — ranking her fifth all-time in school history, and Knolles was second with a personal-best 149.8 points.
Waverly returns to action Sept. 10 when it hosts the Waverly Invitational.
About the Author
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.