Lebanon Reporter

January 21, 2014

Lady Tigersharks 3-peat at conference

By Will Willems
Sports Editor

---- — It took the Lebanon girls swimming and diving team 36 years to win their first Sagamore Conference swimming and diving championship.

Now they can't stop winning them. The Lady Tigersharks won the conference title for the third-straight year, dominating the competition with a 453-346 advantage over second-place Danville.

"It is pretty satisfying," Lebanon head coach Michael Dollens said. "We swam well today, especially in the second half of the meet. We swam really well (in Friday's prelims). We swam so well that barring disqualifications or something strange, we knew we were going to win. Today, we had some great races after diving. The old conference record, before we broke it last year was 456 points, and we had 453, so that is a good day."

Morgan Glendenning was the big winner for the Tigers on Saturday.

She won two individual events, the 500-yard freestyle in 5:39.29 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.58.

She, along with Shannon Jones, Courtney Reynolds and Gabi Reese won the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:58.37.

Glendenning, Jones, Reese and Makenzy Tibbot placed second in the 200-yard medley relay.

"Morgan does such a good job in practices," Dollens said. "She is just solid. She practices hard every day. If I give her something to do, she is going to succeed at it, or I will figure out that it wasn't reasonable — those are the two choices. She is going to give me everything she has every day. When the kids who have the most success are the hardest workers in practice, that sets a good example. That is the way our other top kids — Gabi, Shannon and Morgan — all are."

Reese also had a victory, winning the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:24.90. That event was extremely productive for the Tigersharks, as Tibbot placed second and Abby Princell placed fourth.

One of the events that stood out to Dollens was the second-place finish of the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Tibbot, Princell, Cassandra Coronado and Reynolds.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.