Tuscola girls win fifth consecutive WNCAC titleSchumacher voted most valuable girls swimmer
The Tuscola varsity girls swimming team won its fifth straight WNC Athletic Conference championship on Wednesday at the Waynesville Recreation Center.
The Mountaineers beat second place Franklin, 433-408, while Smoky Mountain (318) was third and West Henderson (274) finished fourth.
Tuscola senior London Schumacher, a Gardner-Webb University signee, was named the WNCAC’s Most Valuable Girls Swimmer after winning two individual (500 free, 200 IM) events and was a member of two first place relays (400 free, 200 medley) teams.
In the boys meet, Tuscola finished second to conference champion Franklin, 612-392, while West Henderson (370) finished third and Smoky Mountain (245) was fourth.
Other notable conference honors announced after the meet were Tuscola’s Robin Batchelor, who was named the WNCAC Girls Coach of the Year, Franklin’s Dina Picou was named the boys coach of the year and West Henderson’s Connor Courtney was named the boys most valuable swimmer.
Mountaineers named to the all-WNCAC first team were Annie Ly, Vanessa Ly, Kiana Schumacher, London Schumacher, Chloe Zacher, Mason Calhoun and Jack MacDonald.
“ I am very proud of all my swimmers,” said Batchelor. “Five years in a row for the girls is a great accomplishment and the boys finishing second may be their best finish ever. This was a great team effort.
“London is very deserving of the MVP. Kiana also won her two events, Annie and Vanessa Ly won one event each. Nevertheless, we could not have won the meet without the swimmers who placed second through 16th.
“Alex Zacher swam the 500 free for the first time ever and finished eighth. Numerous other girls stepped up and contributed the points that made the difference in winning and losing: Karalee Corbeil, Kelly Leon, Annelise Steele and many others.
“The guys were led by Jack MacDonald and Mason Calhoun. Again, it was the points earned by swimmers like Crayton Morrow and Nolan Ross, Mason McConnell, Logan King, Kevin Williams and many other boys,” said Batchelor.
The Schumacher sisters won four individual events and two relays. Freshman Kiana Schumacher won the 200 free and 100 back, and swam with her older sister in two relays.
The Ly sisters also played a key role in the girls winning their fifth straight conference title as sophomore Annie Ly won the 100 fly and senior Vanessa Ly won the 100 breast.
In the relays, the Tuscola girls won the 200 medley (Kiana Schumacher, London Schumacher, Chloe Zacher, Annie Ly) and the 400 freestyle (Vanessa Ly, Annie Ly, Kiana Schumacher, London Schumacher).
The Tuscola boys snuck by the Falcons for second by 22 points thanks to Jack MacDonald picking up 40 points by winning the 50 free and the 100 free, while Mason Calhoun chipped in 20 points by winning the 200 IM.
Other top five finishes in individual events for the Tuscola girls were turned in by Vanessa Ly (2nd/200 free), Annie Ly (2nd/200 IM), Tess Steele (5th/200 free), Megan Jameson (4th/200 IM; 2nd/100 fly), Chloe Zacher (3rd/50 free; 2nd/100 free), Karalee Corbeil (3rd/100 fly; 3rd/500 free), Erin Peterson (4th/100 free; 2nd/100 breast) and Cora Dodson (2nd/500 free; 2nd/100 back).
The Tuscola girls’ 200 free relay team (Dodson, Vanessa Ly, Peterson, Zacher) finished second.
Top five finishes in individual events for the Tuscola boys were turned in by Brady Myers (5th/200 free), Crayton Morrow (3rd/200 IM; 3rd/100 fly), Stefan Emsheimer (4th/50 free; 4th/500 free), Liam McLeod (3rd/500 free) and Calhoun (2nd/100 back).
The Tuscola boys’ 200 medley relay team (Calhoun, McLeod, Morrow, MacDonald) was third, its 400 free relay team (Emsheimer, Morrow, MacDonald, Calhoun) was second and the Mountaineers’ 200 free relay team (Connor LoBianco, Myers, McLeod, Emshiemer) finished third.
Tuscola’s next swim meet will be a tri-meet against West Henderson and Smoky Mountain at the Skyland Recreation Center at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The Mountaineers’ next home meet will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the MedWest Fitness Center against Smoky Mountain.