Milford High School senior Alyssa Sanders has made phenomenal accomplishments with her years as a swimmer. While the end of her senior year draws near, her competitive swimming will not end with her graduation in May.
The 18-year-old Sanders has been swimming since she was five, and she will continue to swim at University of Delaware next year on a partial scholarship.
“I’m proud of everything she has done. She works really hard to accomplish what she has,” said her younger sister Alison Sanders, an MHS sophomore and fellow swimmer.
The older Sanders has had stellar success with her swimming, giving her the opportunity to swim in regional and national meets at Maryland, New Jersey, and even Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. She also swims for Central Delaware YMCA during her scholastic swim season.
“It has been a huge privilege to coach Alyssa; she’s a great athlete to work with,” said Kate Lynch, MHS science teacher, and assistant swim coach during Sanders’ four years.
During her high school career, Sanders has received first-team all-state and all-Henlopen Conference, national team member honors and the Vince Morris Outstanding Girl Performer for the 2012 Henlopen Championship meet.
She competed at states Feb. 23 and 25 at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware. She was seeded third going into the 50-yard freestyle event and ended up second going into finals, while she was seeded second in the 100 backstroke and kept that position going into the finals.
“I don’t really have a favorite,” said Sanders. “I like all the sprint events; I don’t like the distant events.”
As a member of the 200 medley relay, the oldest Sanders (who swam breaststroke in the relay) teamed with her sister (backstroke), Peyton Shockley (butterfly) and Jessica Downes (freestyle).
The medley relay competed in the consolation finals on Feb. 25 as the No. 10 seed. The No. 12 seeded 200 freestyle relay of Ambrie Paquette, Downes and both Sanders also competed.
“All the girls swam really fast times and worked really hard,” said Coach Lynch about the season performances. “The coaches were really proud of how well they performed and handled themselves especially considering the level of competition they were up against.”