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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' LANE TOPS SUPER 7 AS "FEMALE SWIMMER OF YEAR" — SAYRE'S SHAY TOP NEWCOMER (2017-03-22)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens senior Taylor Lane — the 2016-17 Valley Sports ReportFemale Swimmer of the Year — ended her swim career in much the same fashion she began it, setting records for the Lady Wildcats.

Lane, who set a new school record in the 200-yard individual medley in her first varsity event as a freshman, set two individual record and swam on a record-setting relay in her last meet — the District 4 Championships.

Lane finished fourth at Districts in the 100-yard butterfly in a record time of 1:00.91, and also finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in a record time of 1:01.75.

Lane also teamed with seniors Maggie Cole, Katie Phykitt, and Selkie Bishop to place fourth and break the school record in the 200-yard medley relay team in a time of 1:59.13 to earn “Relay Team of the Year.”

Sayre freshman Jillian Shay — the 2016-17 “Newcomer of the Year” — turned in a near record-performance in the 500-yard freestyle at the District 4 meet. She clocked in at 5:39.33 — just a second off the school record and more than 18 seconds faster than her time at the NTL meet three weeks prior.

Shay also finished ninth at Districts in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:08.34.

Athens junior Abigail Thoman finished fourth at the District 4 Diving Championships and is the 2016-17 “Diver of the Year.

The 2016-17 “Girls Swimming Super 7”:

Taylor Lane, senior, Athens: See above.

Kennedy Wheeler, sophomore, Waverly: Another record-setting performer, Wheeler keeps getting better and better.

She finished third at the IAC Championships in the 100-yard butterfly with a new school record time of 1:00.56. She was third in the 50-yard freestyle at 26.05 seconds.

She was fourth in the 100 fly at Class B in 1:02.97, and seventh in 50 free at the Class B Championships in 26.12 seconds.

Her top 50-yard freestyle time of the season was 25.59 seconds and in the 100 free it was 56.9 seconds.

Kayla Kittle, sophomore, Sayre: Another record-setter and strong sprinter, placed in the top 10 in both of the freestyle sprints at the District 4 meet.

She finished seventh in the 50 free in 26.36 seconds and was 10th in the 100 free in a time of 57.73 seconds.

At the NTL Championships, Kittle was second in the 50 free in 26.15 seconds, and third in the 100 free in a school-record time of 56.38 seconds.

Kelcey Madigan, senior, Waverly: Like her peers on the “Super 7,” Madigan was a major point-winner for the Lady Wolverines, often racking up three or four wins in dual meets.

She was second in the 100-yard breaststroke at the IACs in a time of 1:13.97, and was fifth in the 200 IM. At the Class B Championships, Madigan was fourth in the breaststroke.

Her best time in the breaststroke this season was 1:12.46, and her best time in the IM was 2:25.61.

Jillian Shay, freshman, Sayre: See above.

Maggie Cole, senior, Athens:
A strong contributor for the Lady Wildcats all season, Cole qualified for the District 4 Championships in four events.

She finished ninth in 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:15.44 and was14th in the 200 IM in 2:35.83. She was also part of the record-setting “Relay Team of the Year.”

Cole’s best IM time of the season was 2:33.75, while her best breaststroke time was 1:15.28, her top 100 free time was 1:02.03 and her top 50 free time was 27.89 seconds.

Selkie Bishop, junior, Athens:
Another major point-getter for the Lady Wildcats, Bishop qualified for the District 4 meet in five events.

She finished ninth in the 500 free at 5:55.88, and was 12th in the 200 free in a time of 2:13.57. She was also part of the record-setting “Relay Team of the Year.”

Her best time of the season in the 500 free was 5:53.98 and in the 200 free was 2:10.5, while her top time in the 50 free was 28.01 seconds, in the 100 free was 1:01.37, and in the 100-yard butterfly was 1:08.32.

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IN PHOTO: Athens’ Taylor Lane.

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