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Webster keeps breaking Whitman school record

Posted Saturday, January 21, 2012 by Daily Messenger



Last year, Tyler Webster broke an 8-year-old Marcus Whitman school record for the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 58.8 in his first dual meet of the season. The senior continued to break his own record and logged his best time at Class C Sectionals, where he took first place in 57.31.

The son of Neal Webster and Beth Garlock broke that record again by swimming a 56.11 at a quad meet at Bath-Haverling on Dec. 17 earlier this season.

“His hard work over the summer swimming with the Whitman Area Swim Club has really paid off,” Whitman coach Jeff Anthony said. “It is really exciting to have this caliber of swimmer on your team. Tyler can swim anything. It is truly great to watch Tyler swim that fast in the backstroke.”

Webster is planning to swim at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill next fall while studying landscape design.

The Daily Messenger asked Webster a few questions about his season:

How did you feel to break the record again this year?
“It was really exciting. I set it last year at sectionals and I was struggling to break that barrier again. It felt really good to do it.”

Do you think you can cut that time down any more?
“That’s a pretty decent time, but I think with a shave and a taper I can get down to a low 55 and maybe make states.”

How are you feeling about your team’s season?
“I’m very happy with the way it’s going. We have a lot of sectional kids and a lot of new kids that are good this year. Last year, we only had about eight people and we have 17 this year. We were doing a lot of recruiting over the summer.”

What are your goals for sectionals this year besides repeating in the backstroke?
“I’d like to make states in the 50 or 100 freestyle. I want to make states and if possible win.”

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