The Milford Swim Team competed for the title of Henlopen Conference Champion on Saturday, January 11. Much like their season the hard work put forth by each individual was not recognized in the overall record of the day. The girls’ swim team finished fifth in the conference with 116 points and the boys’ placed 9th with only 28 total points.
The real success of the day came from star athlete Alyssa Sanders who was honored with the Gilrs Vince Morris Outstanding Swimmer of the Year award for her performance in the day’s events.
“Receiving the Henlopen Conference Outstanding Girls Performer for 2012 was an incredible honor,” stated Sanders. “It was great knowing my coaches and team mates all believed in me and I couldn’t have done it without all their support.”
Alyssa follows in the footsteps of former Milford High School athletes Lexi Coon and Jordan Lingo who were recipients of the Outstanding Performer award in 2011. During this year’s Henlopen Conference Championship, Sanders placed 1st in the Girls 100 Meter Butterfly, 1st in the Girls 100 Meter Backstroke and helped the Milford relay teams to place 2nd in the Girls 200 Meter Medley Relay and 3rd in the Girls 200 Meter Freestyle Relay.
“It was exciting to see Alyssa swim every event throughout the year and qualify in every event,” commented Head Coach Michele McKenzie. “When she comes to a meet, she comes for the team and asks where she can be placed to benefit the team. She is a very selfless athlete.”
The Milford Swim team will be traveling to the State Tournament next Wednesday and Thursday to compete against the best swimmers that Delaware had to offer. The State Championship is held at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware in Newark. Individuals that qualify on Wednesday or Thursday will be asked to come back on Saturday to compete in the finals.
Head Coach Michele McKenzie is excited to watch the Girls 200 Meter Freestyle Relay and the Girls 200 Meter Freestyle Relay at the State Championship this weekend. Looking at the season as a whole Coach McKenzie is proud of the Boys and Girls team and is looking for the underclassmen of this season to step up as leaders next year.
“I don’t think their record reflects what they have accomplished this season,” stated Coach McKenzie. “Both teams performed very well and overcame some major obstacles this season. We saw so many athletes make so much progress this season.”