Valley Sports Report
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - Junior Mike Atanasoff became the first Waverly swimmer since 2001 to medal here at the New York State Swimming & Diving Championships, placing seventh in the 50-yard freestyle at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island.
Atanasoff clocked in at 21.61 seconds, just off his school-record time of 21.53 in the preliminaries on Friday.
"Mike (Atanasoff) finishing with a New York State medal in the 50 freestyle is a very impressive accomplishment for him," said longtime Waverly coach Dave Mastrantuono, who adds that Atanasoff is set up nicely for his senior season.
"He has a great opportunity next year as the six swimmers ahead of him were seniors," noted Mastrantuono.
"Mike also has the added incentive of still chasing the IAC league record in the 50 free, and he's only 7-hundredths of a second off it," added Mastrantuono. "He has set himself up for a great senior year."
Great Neck South senior Andy Lee, a USC commitment, won the 50 free in a time of 20.6 seconds, while New Paltz senior Leo Kuyl, who is committed to Bucknell, was second in 20.63 seconds, and Saint Anthony's senior Justin Meyn, who is headed to Binghamton, was third in 20.87 seconds.
Atanasoff also placed 12th in public schools standings (15th overall) in the 100-yard freestyle in 48.03 seconds, just off his school-record time of 47.82 seconds Friday.
Meyn won the 100-yard freestyle in 45.40 seconds, and Kuyl was second in 45.48 seconds.
Prior to Atanasoff's medal, Pat Fell was the last Wolverine swimmer to earn state hardware, placing third in the 200-yard freestyle in 2001.
IN PHOTO: Waverly's Mike Atanasoff.
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