Waverly avenges loss to Watkins Glens, beats Senecas 110-75
WAVERLY, N.Y. - The Waverly Boys swim team avenged an early season 90 - 95 loss to Watkins Glen by completely overwhelming the Senecas Mnday as the team rolled to a 110 - 75 victory on Senior and Parent recognition night at the Waverly High School Pool.
"We were 'shorthanded' against Watkins the first meet at their pool and a few events got away from us and we still took it to the last relay against them and came up just short," Waverly coach Dave Mastrantuono said. "We knew that we had a much stronger team than we showed that night back in December, so we have had this date circled on our schedule for the last six weeks".
The Wolverines dominated the meet as captains John Hallett and Josh Mastrantuono were four time winners while senior captain Brighton Wood was a triple winner on the night.
"We won all three relays going away and also won 6-of-9 individual events including going 1-2 in the 200 individual medley which turned the meet for our team after which they never looked back," remarked Mastrantuono.
The Wolverine medley relay started off with a win as the team of Caleb Jenkins, Tanner Burt, Brighton Wood, and first year swimmer Brandon Anderson won with a time of 1:54.75. The Senacas came right back in the 200 freestyle as they swam to a 1-3-4 finish to take a 17 to 13 lead. Waverly's Mike Girolamo took second in the race.
Waverly came roaring back in the 200 individual medley as Josh Mastrantuono won in 2:16.41 while Burt came home second. Lucas Beardsley came from behind to touch out Watkins' Brandon Whiting for four place and the Wolverines took the lead for good at 25 to 21.
John Hallett then won the 50 free (22.86) with Anderson and Fred Miller finishing fourth and fifth to help Waverly increase its lead to 34 to 28.
Nick Peterson won the diving with Brody Sprague and Devin Pierce finishing third and fourth to give the Wolverines a comfortable lead at 45 to 32. Wood then lost a close race in the 100 butterfly but Brandon Whitley and Anderson both swam personal bests to give Waverly a 2-3-4 finish in the event.
Mastrantuono then won the 100 freestyle in :53.17 with Caleb Jenkins swimming a personal best (57.22) to place third and giving the Wolverines an insurmountable lead of 64-45. In the 500 freestyle, Gary Moorehead placed second in a personal best 5:55.6 and Girolamo also swam a personal best 5:58.32 for third place.
The Wolverine 200 free relay sealed the win when the team of Mastrantuono, Anderson, Wood, and Hallett won in 1:39.99 while the team of Whitley, Miller, Kendrick Wood, and Girolamo placed third in 1:47.97 to boost the Wolverine lead to 81 - 58.
Hallett then won the 100 backstroke (59.90) by nearly five seconds with Jenkins finishing third to increase the team lead to 89 to 65. Brighton Wood led a 1-3-5 finsih in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.15) followed by Burt and Beardsley.
In the 400 free relay of Mastrantuono, Jenkins, Burt, and Hallett won in 3:45.66. T
Waverly finishes the dual meet season at 10-4 and now looks forward to the IAC Swimming and Diving Champiuonships this Saturday at Watkins Glen. Diving begins at 10 a.m. and swimming timed finals are slated for a 1 p.m. start.