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Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY "” Waverly had four swimmers - senior Mike Atanasoff, juniors Collin Keefer and Ryan Bennett, and sophomore Kaden Wheeler - win four events apiece in a 133-50 win over Athens, while the Wildcats had four swimmers qualify for Districts in non-league boys swimming action here Monday afternoon.

Junior Mason Henderson qualified for the District 4 meet in the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard butterfly, while freshman Chris Deforest qualified in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events, junior Nate Gorsline qualified in the 50-yard freestyle, and junior Zac Gowin qualified in the 500-yard freestyle.

"We only had two returning swimmers who qualified for districts last year," said Athens coach Mark Keister. "So, we are off to a great start."

The Wolverines swept all 12 events as they improved to 2-0 on the season.

Atanasoff won the 100-yard butterfly in 56.01 seconds, while Waverly junior Dillon Madigan was second in 1:07.04, and Athens junior Mason Henderson was third in 1:11.12.

Atanasof led a sweep in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 1:06.65, while junior Max Pan was second in 1:19.11, and Madigan was third in 1:25.51.

Keefer won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:06.91, while Athens freshman Ethan Denlinger was second in 2:16.13, and Waverly 8th-grader Liam Wright was third in 2:16.14.

Keefer led a sweep in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:09.47, with freshman Oscar Williams second in 1:12.71, and freshman Jerrell Sackett third in 1:12.72.

Bennett won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.8 seconds, while Deforest was second in 25.11 seconds, and Waverly senior Josh Lee was third in 25.26 seconds.

Bennett also won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 54.9 seconds, while Deforest was second in 57.26 seconds, and Lee was third in 57.34 seconds.

Wheeler won the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:13.9, while Williams was second in 2:28.82, and Henderson was third in 2:34.4.

Wheeler also won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:31.13, while Wright was second in 6:01.07, and Gowin was third in 6:05.03.

Atanasoff, Keefer, and Bennett teamed with senior Brandon Clark to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:42.99.

Atanasoff, Keefer, and Wheeler teamed with Madigan to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 4:03.17.

Wheeler and Bennett teamed with Pan and Clark to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:35.0.

Waverly senior Gage Streeter won the 1-meter diving competition with 233.8 points, while Athens sophomore Kaden Gorsline was second with 197.25 points, and Sackett was third

"Kaden Gorsline did a great job in diving, improving over his best performance from last year," said Keister. "He may have a serious shot at the school record, which is much older than he is, before the end of this season."

Waverly travels to Lansing Tuesday, while Athens is at Towanda on Dec. 17.


IN PHOTOS 1-2: Waverly's Mike Atanasoff. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.

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