Prep Swimming

Tuscola MVS goes to Schumacher and MacDonald

Boys received Scholar Team Silver award, while girls pick up Scholar Team Gold
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Apr 13, 2014
Photo by: Donated The seniors on the Tuscola swim team after the banquet.

There were a lot of team and individual awards being passed out at the Tuscola varsity boys and girls swim team’s banquet last week.
Senior London Schumacher, a Gardner-Webb University signee, and sophomore Jack MacDonald picked up the grandest postseason awards, being named the most valuable swimmers for the girls and boys teams, respectively.
The “I Can, I Will, Yes, Please Coaches Awards” went to Karalee Corbeil (girls) and Nolan Ross (boys).
Foreign Exchange Medals went to Anika Boehme and Laura Scholten.
Senior recognition plaques were given to Isabelle Baldwin, Allie Dinwiddie, Megan Jameson, Vanessa Ly, Maggie Rogers, Schumacher, Julia Skelton, Tess Steele, Taryn Thompson, Chloe Zacher, Connor LoBianco, Jesse Ross and Nolan Ross.
Every member of the Tuscola girls’ team received “WNC Athletic Conference Champion” T-shirts.
State meet participation certificates were handed out to Annie Ly, (Vanessa) Ly, Kiana Schumacher, (London) Schumacher, Zacher, Mason Calhoun, Stefan Emsheimer, MacDonald, Crayton Morrow and Liam McLeod.
The Schumachers, the Lys, Zacher, Calhoun and MacDonald received All-WNCAC awards.
In addition, Tuscola Head Coach Robin Batchelor handed out certificates of participation and varsity letters to 25 girl and 13 boy swimmers, while 36 of the 38 members on the swim team were recognized for a special academic/athletic achievement of maintaining a 3.0 or higher G.P.A.
Batchelor recognized all the swimmers for outstanding team accomplishments, beginning with the girls squad for a 17-1 record, winning the WNCAC, finishing second at the NCHSAA Class 3-A West regional and its 11th place finish at the state championships.
The boys were honored for a 14-5 season, finishing second in the WNCAC, eighth at the regionals and 34th at the state meet.
Coach Batchelor paid special attention to the acadmeic success of her swimmers. The girls team  earned the Scholar Team Gold Award for a 3.807 team G.P.A., while the boys squad received the Scholar Team Silver Award for its 3.748 grade point average.
Receiving NISCA/Speedo Academic All-American honors (seniors with unweighted 3.75 or higher G.P.A.) were Dinwiddie, Jameson, Rogers, (Jesse) Ross, (London) Schumacher, Skelton, (Tess) Steele, Thompson and Zacher.
Coach Batchelor wrapped up the banquet  thanking several special people who helped make the season a great one.
“I want to thank all the parents, swimmers and their families for timing, judging, providing food, taking up money, working the concessions and supporting the team,” said Batchelor. “I need to thank Mrs. Miller, for all the admin duties that go along with running a successful program and being the liasion for me with the school.
“Debbie Watson needs to be thanked for filling in when I could not be at practice, as well as Joe Arrington, for driving the bus. We also thank officials Dwayne Squires, Penni Baldwin and Tom Batchelor. A finally, we want to thank Kiana Schumacher, Dr. Peterson for the pictures and slideshow.”

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