The Milford High girls’ swim team swam its way to victory Thursday, Jan. 6 against Dover High. After splitting their first four meets, the Bucs (3-2) could not just go through the motions and expect a victory. A tremendous amount of effort went into the win. “Dover and us are really evenly matched in a lot of races,” said senior Kristen Johnson. “Everyone put forth their best effort to get the victory.
“I thought it was going to be a close meet,” said senior Lexi Coon. “I swam with people from Dover, and we knew it was going to be a good meet for everyone.”
The Bucs win was a total team effort, believed Milford assistant coach Kate Lynch.“The girls team united,” said Coach Lynch. “They acted like a team, swam like a team and won like a team.” Junior Alli Sanders won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1 minutes, 15.22 seconds, while sophomore Jessica Downes shattered her personal record in the event by nearly four seconds with the time of 1:24.37. Coon, Sanders, Alyssa Sanders and Johnson defeated Dover in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.
In one of the biggest standouts of the day, the Bucs went 1, 2 and 3 to sweep the 400 free relay event. Those swimmers included Brittany Roberts, Katelyn Lewis, Briana Walls, Johnson, Peyton Shockley, Downes, Morgan Parsley, Luisa Paranhos, Brooke Lewis, Morgan Lorah, Savannah Becker and Emily Krauss.“This season is a lot of fun,” said Coon. “We lost a lot of seniors last year, but the girls who just started are really stepping up.” According to Coach Lynch, Shae Parks, Aliyson Perola, Sam Gillespie, Crystal Lankford, Katie Wallace and Katie Zang are “the future of our team.” “They are improving leaps and bounds at each meet.” said Coach Lynch.
In other place winners, Connor Reader won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Lexi Coon took the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, while Sanders won the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. “This win was really good,” said Johnson. “The team really came together.”
Qualifiers for states included Alyssa Sanders (50 and 100 freestyle), Lexi Coon (200 individual medley and 100 fly) and Ali Sanders (50 freestyle).