Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Freshman Taegan Williams made an immediate impact in her first season in the pool for the Athens girls swim team, and is the 2019-20 Valley Sports Report girls “Newcomer of the Winter.”
Williams won four medals at the District 4 Swimming & Diving Championships, and was named the VSR girls “Swimmer of the Year,” and “Newcomer of the Year.”
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. She 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.
The remainder of the “All-Valley Super 7 Girls Newcomers of the Winter” are:
Kennedy Westbrook, freshman: Waverly: Westbrook, who is a hard-nosed defender, was a ball of energy for the Lady Wolverines on both ends of the floor. She was the VSR girls basketball “Newcomer of the Year.”
She averaged 10 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds per game.
Emma Roe, junior, Athens: 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.
She was the VSR girls “Diver of the Year.”
Taylar Fisher, freshman, Athens: Fisher was a big contributor in the Lady Wildcats’ 7-2 season.
She finished ninth in the 200 IM in a time of 2:33.06 at the District 4 Championships, and was 12th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:11.41 — trimming several seconds off her time in both events from the NTL Championships. She also swam on a seventh-place relay.
Fisher was a double-winner at the NTL Championships, swimming on a pair of gold-medal relays. She finished second in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:39.8, and second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:14.87.
Ally Thoman, freshman, Athens: Thoman was also a big contributor in the Lady Wildcats’ 7-2 season.
She swam on a seventh-place relay at the District 4 Championships, and finished 13th in 100-yard breaststroke in 1:120.14.
At NTL Championships, Thoman swam on a gold-medal relay, and placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:22.7.
Shantilly Decker, freshman, Waverly: Decker started strong this season, and was a big part in the Lady Wolverines’ runner-up finish in the IAC Large School Division.
Decker finished 13th in the IAC with a 148 average — and was in top 10 for majority of the season. She had a 533 high series this season, and a 190 high game.
Maddi LaManna, senior, Sayre: After taking a year away from the game, LaManna returned to the Lady Redskins and was a major contributor.
Very quick and a good defender, LaManna averaged 3.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game.
IN PHOTO: Athens freshman Taegan Williams.
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