By Kevin Eickman
Girls Win, Boys Edged At Dover
With the swimming season halfway finished, the Milford Buccaneers have continued to work hard. In a meet that saw the girls win handily 101-67, the boys suffered a one point loss 85-84, in a loud and lively Central Delaware YMCA this past Tuesday.
In a meet that witnessed senior Jessica Downes post a State tournament qualifying time, coach Michel McKenzie was thrilled with the way that the team has progressed. “This team gives it everything
they have and Jessica is chief among them,” commented Coach McKenzie. “It was great to see he
r achieve something she has worked so hard for.”
One of the things that Milford swimming coach McKenzie believes is that when you swim for the Buccaneers it is all about the team. Halfway through the season, McKenzie is very happy with the effort that her swimmers have given so far. With the girls posting a 5-1 record and the boys checking in at 3-3, she thinks that the team has what it takes to make a good showing at the February Conference Championships. “Each year we strive to get better as the season goes on, with the focus being on preparing for the State and Conference Championships,” stated McKenzie.
One of the things that a swimmer learns early on is sacrifice, it is a sport that is built on it. Hour upon hour of work in the pool, looking to get better. McKenzie believes that one swimmer who has steadily improved, and never given up, is senior Austin Holleger. “Austin is what Milford swimming is all about, he is dedicated to the team,” commented MCKenzie. “He will do whatever we need him to, he puts the team first all the time, sometimes even at his own expense.”
Talking with Austin, it was easy to see why he is well liked by everyone who knows him. “Whatever it takes to help us win, it doesn’t matter, whatever event I’m asked to swim in, I’ll do it.” he said. “As long as I’m in the water, doing my best I’m happy.” Holleger’s favorite event is the 100 yard butterfly “I really enjoy swimming the event, it is hands down what I love to do.”
The Bucs look to continue their success this season and will be dedicating many hours in the pool this week preparing for an undefeated Sussex Tech team on Thursday, January 24 at home. The meet will begin at 3pm at the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club pool.