Prep Swimming

Tuscola girls seek fifth consecutive title

WNCAC Swim Championships at Waynesville Rec today
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Jan 07, 2014
Photo by: Patrick Parton Tuscola senior and Gardner-Webb signee London Schumacher swims the freestyle at a home meet in December.

For the last four years the Tuscola girls swim team has dominated the WNC Athletic Conference, winning four consecutive championships.
The Tuscola girls will rely on seniors London Schumacher, who has the conference’s best times this season in eight individual events, Vanessa Ly, Tess Steele, Chloe Zacher, Megan Jameson, Isabelle Baldwin and Allie Dinwiddie in its search for a fifth straight conference title. The WNCAC Swimming Championships start at 5 p.m. today at the Waynesville Recreation Center.
“I am expecting our girls to win another conference championship,” said Tuscola Head Coach Robin Batchelor. “I also expect our boys to be in the mix. I have been pleased with the kids who have stepped up and swimming events, which are out of their comfort zones in an effort to contribute to the team.”
However, to secure its fifth WNCAC ring, the Tuscola girls need its talented underclassmen group to have outstanding performances to compliment the seniors. Freshman Kiana Schumacher, sophomore Annie Ly, freshman Annelise Steele, sophomore Karalee Corbeil, sophomore Cora Dodson, freshman Alex Zacher, junior Sydney McDowell, junior Erin Peterson, sophomore Abby Copen,  sophomore Skye Crosby, freshman Saragrace Patten and sophomore Kelly Leon are expected to play a key role in winning a conference championship.
The Schumachers (Kiana, London), Lys (Vanessa, Annie), Steeles (Tess, Annelise) and Zachers (Chloe, Alex) are sisters on the Tuscola girls team.
If Batchelor’s expectations for her Tuscola boys are fulfilled, junior Mason Calhoun, junior Stefan Emsheimer, sophomore Jack MacDonald and sophomore Liam McLeod will have to record their best times.

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