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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS FRESHMAN EARNS PAIR OF TOP ALL-VALLEY GIRLS SWIMMING TOP HONORS; ATHENS' ROE TABBED TOP DIVER (2020-03-16)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Freshman Taegan Williams made an immediate impact on the Athens swim team, and won four medals in her first trip to the District 4 Swimming & Diving Championships to earn the moniker of 2019-20 Valley Sports Report Girls “Swimmer of the Year.”

Williams doubles up as “Newcomer of the Year,” while Athens junior Emma Roe, in her first months as a diver is the “Diver of the Year,” and relay teams from Waverly and Athens share the “Relay of the Year” honors.

Williams won the bronze medal in the 500-yard freestyle at the District 4 Championships in a school-record time of 5:34.15. She finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:06.61.

Williams also swam on a pair of medal-winning relays at Districts.

At the NTL Championships, Williams won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:02.31, and was third in the 200-yard freestyle. She also swam on a pair of gold-medal relays.

Roe, who consistently earned first-place points in dual meets during the regular season, finished fourth at the District 4 Diving Championships with 314.6 points. She also won the NTL Diving Championships with 160.85 points.

The Waverly foursome of junior Maggie Whitley, and sophomores Lourden Benjamin, Delaney Vascoe, and Willow Sharpsteen, and the Athens quartet of Williams, seniors Allyson Rockwell and Lauren Neville, and sophomore Brooke Kopatz share the "Relays of the Year" honors.

The Lady Wolverine foursome finished fifth at the Class B Championships in the 200-medley relay in a time of 2:06.91, while the Lady Wildcat foursome finished fifth at the District 4 Championships in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:52.93.

The remainder of the "All-Valley Girls Swimming & Diving Super 7" are as follows:

Jillian Shay, senior, Sayre: Shay, who had the best time on the Lady Redskins in four different events, finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle at the District 4 Championships in a personal-best time of 2:05.33. She also finished seventh in the 500-yard freestyle  in a time of 5:39.69.

At the NTL Championships, Shay won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:06.81. She finished second in the 500-yard freestyle.

Lourden Benjamin, sophomore, Waverly: Benjamin enjoyed an excellent postseason, winning four medals at both the Section IV Class B Championships, and the IAC Championships.

Benjamin finished sixth in the 200-yard IM in 2:30.05, and was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.47 at the Class B meet. She also swam on a pair of medal-winning relays.

She finished third in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:09.3, fourth in the 200-yard IM in 2:29.57 at the IAC Championships, and swam on a pair of fourth-place relay teams.

Willow Sharpsteen, sophomore, Waverly: Sharpsteen also enjoyed a strong postseason, winning three medals at both the Section IV Class B Championships, and the IAC Championships.

Sharpsteen finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:08.69, and was 10th in the 200-yard IM in 2:37.64 at the Class B meet, and swam on a pair of medal-winning relays.

She was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:09.18, 10th in the 200-yard IM in 2:40.39, and swam on a pair of fourth-place relays at the IAC meet.

Delaney Vascoe, sophomore, Waverly: Vascoe also enjoyed a strong postseason, winning three medals at both the Section IV Class B Championships, and the IAC Championships.

Vascoe finished seventh in the 200-yard IM in 2:34.38, and was 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:24.34 at the Class B meet., and swam on a pair of medal-winning relays.

She was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:24.67, and ninth in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:29.57 at the IAC meet, and swam on a fourth-place 200-yard medley relay team.

Brooke Kopatz, sophomore, Athens: Kopatz swam on a pair of medal-winning relays at the District 4 Championships. She also finished eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:15.28,  and was 13th in the 200-yard IM in 2:38.93.

She was a four-time winner at NTL Championships. She won the 200-yard IM in 2:38.28 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:16.58, and swam on a pair of gold-medal relays.

Kayla Hughey, senior, Sayre: Hughey finished 10th in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 28.0 seconds, and 10th in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:09.83.

She turned in a pair of gold-medal performances at the NTL Championships. She won the 50 free in 27.77 seconds, and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:10.73.

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IN PHOTO: Athens’ Taegan Williams.

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“Swimmer of the Year”
2009-10 — Hannah Harvey-Sampson, Athens
2010-11 — Katherine Porter, Sayre
2011-12 — Katherine Porter, Sayre
2012-13 —Katherine Porter, Sayre
2013-14 — Katherine Porter, Sayre
2014-15 — Daylen Smith, Waverly
2015-16 — Taylor Lane, Athens
2016-17 — Taylor Lane, Athens
2017-18 — Kennedy Wheeler, Waverly
2018-19 — Kennedy Wheeler, Waverly


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