By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | March 4, 2021 | Photo courtesy Shannon Place


WILLIAMSPORT — Sophomores Taegan Williams and Taylar Fisher each had four top-8 finishes to lead Athens to a sixth-place finish here Thursday night at the District 4 Girls Swimming & Diving Championship at Williamsport High School.

Danville cruised to the team title with 383 points, well ahead of runner-up Danville, which tallied 315 points. Central Columbia was third with 249 points, while Bloomsburg was fourth with 229 points, Shamokin was fifth with 181 points, and Athens tallied 180.

Williams finished third in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:04.39, and freshman Emily Marshall was eighth in 2:23.82. Williams also finished sixth in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 58.56 seconds.

Fisher finished sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:08.86. She was seventh in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:28.64.

Williams teamed with sophomores Alli Thoman and Taylar Fisher, and junior Raven McCarthy-Gardner to finish sixth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:58.42.

Williams teamed with Marshall, sophomore Macaria Benjamin, and freshman Grace Cobb finished eighth in the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 4:34.94.

Fisher teamed with Thoman, Marshall, and McCarthy-Gardner to finish fifth in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:14.13.

McCarthy-Gardner was eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:22.44.


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Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).