Valley Sports Report
TOWANDA — Sophomore Brooke Kopatz was a quad-winner, and freshman Taegan Williams was a triple-winner to lead Athens to the team title here Wednesday afternoon at the NTL Gils Swimming & Diving Championships.
Sayre senior Kayla Hughey, and Athens seniors Allyson Rockwell and Kaitlin Kisner, and freshman Taylar Fisher were double-winners.
Athens amassed 365.5 points, while runner-up Towanda tallied 269.5, and third-place Sayre had 113 points. North Penn-Mansfield was fourth with 24 points.
Sayre coach Carrie Wright was pleased with her team’s performance.
“From seniors to rookies, these girls have worked so hard this season, taking our mistakes and errors, as well as successes from the entire dual meet season and trying mesh it all together,” said Wright. “We have fine-tuned a lot of starts and turns, and that has made a tremendous difference.
“As I said in the beginning of the season, we were going to focus on each and every swimmer individually and seize our small team as an opportunity,” she added.
Kopatz led an Athens sweep in the 200-yard IM, clocking in at 2:38.28, while Fisher was second in 2:39.8, and sophomore Raven McCarthy-Gardner was third at 2:45.89.
Kopatz also won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:16.58, while freshman Ally Thoman was third in 1:22.7, and junior Makenna Galvin was fourth in 1:31.02.
Williams won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:02.31, and Kisner was fourth in 1:04.77.
Kopatz and William teamed with Kisner and Rockwell to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:56.94.
Kopatz and Williams teamed with Rockwell and Fisher to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 4:21.4.
Fisher, Thoman, senior Christina Bard, and Kisner teamed to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:13.04
Athens junior Emma Roe won the 1-meter diving competition with 160.85 points.
Hughey won the 50-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 27.77 seconds, and Bard was third in 29.34 seconds.
Hughey also won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:10.73, while Fisher was second in 1:14.87, and Sayre senior Jordyn Maxim was fourth in 1:33.44.
Sayre senior Jillian Shay won the 200-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 2:06.81, while Williams was third in 2:14.32, and Kisner was fourth in 2:23.12.
Shay finished second in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:46.75 — 15 seconds faster than her previous season-best time, and Rockwell was fourth in 6:25.71.
Bard finished second in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:13.05, and Athens senior Isabelle Menard was third in 1:30.52.
Athens and Sayre swimmers return to action at the District 4 Championships Feb. 26-27 at Williamsport H.S.
PHOTOS BY MATT PATTON.
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