Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — Senior Mike Atanasoff broke his third school record of the season, and fellow senior diver Gage Streeter broke his own school record in Waverly’s 114-56 win over Southern Cayuga in a battle of unbeaten IAC boys swim teams.
Atanasoff and sophomore Kaden Wheeler were quad-winners for the Wolverines, now 7-0 and winners of 37 consecutive dual meets. They seven of the 11 swimming events, including all three relays.
Atanasoff, who broke the 50- and 100-yard freestyle records earlier this season, won the 100-yard butterfly in a school-record and state-qualifying time of 52.79 seconds, eclipsing the previous record of 53.95 seconds, set by Pat Fell in 2001. Atanasoff best three-time state-qualifier Joe Angotti, who finished second for Southern Cayuga in 53.59 seconds.
Streeter, diving in exhibition, broke his own school and pool records with a score of 278.85, breaking his previous mark of 273.45.
Waverly jumped out to a 12-2 lead with a 1-2 finish in the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay. The foursome of seniors Josh Lee, Nick Janzen, and Brandon Clark, and junior Max Pan won in a time of 1:53.79, and the quartet of freshman Jerrell Sackett, 8th-grader Liam Wright, junior Dillon Madigan, and freshman Oscar Williams was second in 1:54.01.
Wheeler gave Waverly another shot of momentum by defeating defending 200-yard freestyle IAC champion J.D. Rejman with a personal-best time of 1:55.77, which moves him into No. 15 on Waverly’s all-time Top 25. Rejman clocked in at 1:56.65.
Madigan and freshman Ryan Clark finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle to up Waverly’s lead to 23-7.
The Wolverines were not challenged the remainder of the meet.
Wheeler also won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:23.21, which is 17th fastest all-time in Waverly’s Top 25, and Williams was second in 5:41.41.
Atanasoff also won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:06.26, and Pan was third in 1:17.73.
Wheeler and Atanasoff teamed with Lee, and junior Ryan Bennett to win the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:33.5.
The duo teamed with Bennett, and junior Collin Keefer to win the 400-yard freestyle in a time of 3:35.88.
Bennett led a sweep in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 54.36 seconds, while Brandon Clark was second in 56.89 seconds, and Pan was third in 58.83 seconds. Bennett finished second in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 23.19 seconds, and Lee was third in 25.33 seconds.
Keefer finished second in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:14.29, and Williams was third in 2:20.74, while Sackett was second in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:08.96, and Keefer was third in 1:10.17.
Madigan finished third in the breaststroke in a time of 1:08.7.
Waverly returns to action Tuesday at Dryden.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly's Mike Atanasoff (left) and Gage Streeter. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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