WAVERLY WINS FIVE EVENTS, SETS POOL RECORD IN CLASS B RUNNER-UP SHOWING
By: Tim Taylor | Waverly Athletics | February 19, 2022 | Photo courtesy Tim Taylor
ENDWELL — Waverly's Jerrell Sackett, Ryan Clark, Kaden Wheeler and Oscar
Williams broke the Maine-Endwell pool record in the 200-yard freestyle
relay at the Section IV Class B Boys Swimming and Diving Championships
The quartet led from start to finish, clocking 1:29.0 to break the mark of 1:29.64 set by Corning in 2019.
Williams held off a late charge by M-E's Carter Czebiniak during the anchor leg for the victory. The Spartans finished with a time of 1:29.94. The Wolverines came into the race with a time of 1:31.94 and also eclipsed the state cut time.
It was the third win of the meet for Sackett and fifth for the Wolverines, which finished second in the team standings behind M-E.
Waverly coach Josh Mastrantuono was pleased with the team's performance.
"Two hundred free relay broke the pool record. We won five events. Medaled in a lot of other events. Liam (Wright) placed really well in his events. Overall, a really good meet," he said.
The Spartans collected four wins, but their depth and experience were key factors in securing the team title. M-E has 13 seniors on its 39-man roster while Waverly has three seniors on a roster of 16.
Sackett, Clark and Williams finished 1-2-3 in the 50 free with Sackett's time of 21.83 seconds bettering the state cut time. Clark and Williams posted times of 22.68 and 22.72 seconds, respectively.
In the 100 free, Sackett won with a time of 49.4 seconds and Clark was the runner-up in 50.03 seconds.
Wheeler took the 100 butterfly, recording a time of 54.07 seconds, and was seventh in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:05.9.
Williams captured top honors in the 100 backstroke, posting a time of 57.92 seconds to touch the wall just ahead of M-E standout Strati Anastos (:58.09).
Waverly was the runner-up in the 200 medley relay with Williams, Clark, Wheeler and Sackett registering a time of 1:40.98.
Liam Wright gave the Wolverines a fourth in the 500 free in 5:34.31 and a sixth in the 200 free in 2:00.35.
Wright joined Finn Williams, Nate Peters and Sheldon Huddleston to take sixth in the 400 free relay in 3:54.62.
Several of the Wolverine swimmers will be gearing up for the state championships being held March 4-5 at Ithaca College.
"We're going to swim all three relays at states," Mastrantuono said. "Jerrell will swim the 50 and Kaden will swim the 100 fly."
In the "B" finals, Jason Marrone claimed the top spot in the 100 breast, ninth, with a time of 1:13.6. Huddleston was 15th in the 200 free (2:17.72) and 16th in the 100 free (:58.49), Finn Williams took 15th in the 500 free (6:23.89) and 16th in the 200 individual medley (2:41.09).
It's been a pretty special season for the small, youthful team.
"The team overall did a really good job this season," Mastrantuono said. "A younger team, not a lot of guys on it, but we still had really, really good performances. Set a lot of records, pool records, school records, meet records. Won IAC, section titles in a lot of events, moving a lot of guys on to states and hopefully in the state finals. It's a really good place to be."