Sayre's Porter, Athens' Chen steal the show at Waverly Christmas Swim Meet
WAVERLY, N.Y. - Six meet records were either broken or met at the Waverly Christmas Meet on Friday with Sayre's Katherine Porter involved in three of them.
She was named the girl's MVP for the third straight meet while Athens' Frank Chen took home the boy's MVP along with two new meet records.
Porter won the 200 yard freestyle in a new meet record of 2:07.14 and took the 100 yard fly in 1:00.80, also a new meet record.
She was also a member of the Sayre 200 yard free relay team that tied the meet record in 1:53.96 while also establishing a school record. Also on the team was Emily Schamel, Rachel Hurley and Grace McClelland.
"It's really exciting and it's an honor," Porter said about earning her third straight MVP.
The junior was unsure if she would hit the meet records.
"I felt pretty good about the fly but the 200 was iffy," Porter said. "I was really excited about that 200 free relay. That made me really happy today as well."
She wants to improve upon her times from today.
"Getting the kinks out of my fly that I have left," Porter explained. "And just working as a team. This year we have a really strong relay and I want to work with that as well."
Chen's meet records came in the 100 yard fly in 52.92 and the 100 yard backstroke in 54.75, both records he set last year.
The junior was happier with his times than being named MVP.
"I'm more happy with my own times and how hard I did," Chen said. "That I gave my best instead of awards. You could put in a word that some other could have deserved this award as well."
He was hoping to set those times lower than last season.
"I was actually a little worried because we had two days off this week," Chen explained. "When I looked up at that scoreboard it was just a huge weight off my shoulders. I was just worried about myself, I wasn't worried about the records or anything."
He plans to continue to work hard as they get into the second half of their season.
"Hopefully in the postseason see what I can do and where I stand," Chen said. "Ultimately I will just do my best and see what happens."
The other meet record was set by Waverly's John Hallett in the 50 yard free in 22.38, breaking his old record of 23.12.
The Wolverines won the boy's team title with 569 points with Towanda second (379 points), Sayre third (344) and Athens fourth (301).
The Lady Wildcats won the girl's side with 400 points followed by Towanda (290) and Sayre (229).
Waverly started off the boy's meet by winning the 200 yard medley relay in 1:47.87 behind a team of Hallett, Josh Mastrantuono, Brighton Wood and Caleb Jenkins.
Mastrantuono then won the 200 yard free in 1:55.61 with Towanda's Christian Basse (2:11.35) and Mike Kerrick (2:16.55) second and third.
Sayre's Altan Frantz won the 200 yard IM in 2:13.68 with Waverly's Tanner Burt (2:30.24) and Mike Girolamo (2:31.61) second and third.
In the 50 free after Hallett was Wood taking second in 24:26 with Towanda's Blake Burlingame third in 24:27. Waverly's Nick Peterson won the boy's diving in 163.30 with Sayre's Sam Shoemake (156.15) second and Athens' Zach Firestine (116.35) third.
Chen's teammate Bryan Solomon was second in the 100 fly in 1:01.82 with Sayre's Lorenzo Servedio third in 1:02.22.
Hallett won the 100 yard free in 49.84 with followed by Frantz (53.79) and Redskin Josh Wolcott (54.56).
Basse won the 500 free in 5:55.52 with Girolamo (6:09.01) second and Waverly's Gary Moorehead (6:09.18) third.
Towanda's 200 free relay of Mike Kerrick, Mike Caine, Jim Tice and Burlingame won in 1:39.84.
After Chen in the 100 yard backstroke Servedio was second in 1:05.72 with Athens' Tyler Solomon third in 1:09.35.
Mastrantuono led a Waverly sweep of the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:04.26 with Wood second in 1:06.73 and Burt (1:10.32) third.
Waverly's 400 free relay of Mastrantuono, Jenkins, Hallett and Wood won in 3:37.72.
On the girl's side, Sayre's foursome of Hurley, McClelland, Porter and Schamel won the 200 yard medley relay in 2:07.85.
In the 200 yard free, it was McClelland taking second after Porter in 2:18.32 with Athens' Giuliana Desisti in third at 2:27.48.
Towanda's Sarah Lamphere won the 200 yard IM in 2:35.64 followed by Athens' Courtney Dukes (2:50.03) and Elizabeth Ondrey (3:08.77).
Hurley won the 50 yard free in 27.70 with Towanda's Meredith Corbett (28.82) and Morgan Dreisch (29.05) second and third.
Wildcat Sarah Slocum won the diving with 182.40 points with Sayre's Courtney Bruer (133.40) second and Athens' Alli Mahonski (97.20) third.
Desisti was second in the 100 yard fly after Porter in 1:00.80 with fellow Wildcat Courtney Webster third in 1:35.72.
Hurley won the 100 yard free in 1:00.52 with Corbett (1:04.19) second and Athens' Lauren Pruyne (1:06.18) third.
Towanda's Courtney Locke won the 500 yard free in 6:42.57 with Athens' Maggie Mahonski (7:01.46) and Abby Kopatz (7:12.39) second and third.
Lamphere led a Black Knight sweep of the 100 yard backstroke, winning in 1:10.56 with Driesch (1:11.43) second and Locke (1:14.56) third.
Wildcat Courtney Dukes won the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:23.01 with Towanda's Caroline Vana (1:29.84) second and Kopatz (1:33.78) third.
Towanda's 400 free relay of Locke, Driesch, Corbett and Lamphere won in 4:16.32.