Waverly's Hallett heading to states while Wolverines take second at Class C swim meet
OWEGO, N.Y. - Waverly's John Hallett had already reached the state cut time to qualify for a trip to states in the 50 free, on Saturday he added another achievement in the event, breaking the school record with a time of 22:13 to win the overall sectional title.
Hallett's time broke the 2000 school record of 22:20 held by Pat Fell.
"For him to break the school record is great," Waverly coach Dave Mastrantuono said. "For Josh (Mastranuono) only a freshman to have two big swims to. Unfortunately they changed the state cut time or he would have made it. It's tough in a one-class system unlike in other sports."
For Hallett going to states will be something he can build off of.
"He swam states in the 200 free relay last year so this is his second year going," Mastrantuono said. "He has his sites set on breaking the 22-second barrier and that's his next goal to try and dip under 22."
As a team Waverly came up just short of Lansing for the second-straight week, finishing 21 points short of the defending champions 391-370.
"The last two championship meets IAC and sectionals we gave Lansing the best run we could," Mastrantuono said. "10 short at the IAC meet and 21 short at the sectional meet. It's still a great season for these guys."
Hallett and Mastrantuono each had two goal and two silver medals in the class meet.
Hallett teamed with Tanner Burt, Brighton Wood and Mastrantuono to win the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay of Hallett, Mastrantuono, Wood and Caleb Jenkins took second, while Hallett was second in the 100 free.
Mastrantuono was second in the 200 IM in 2:06.94, besting the Waverly freshman record of 2:10.73 held by Pat Fell in 1998. Mastrantuono led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 breast with Wood and Burt taking second and third respectively.
In the diving finals on Friday in Waverly Nick Peterson took third, Brody Sprague was fourth and Devin Pierce was seventh.