By TJ Millman
After going 3-6 and 4-5 respectively, Milford’s Boys and Girls Swim Teams are looking to bounce back this year. Last year’s Bucs squad featured some strong swimmers, but they lacked depth across each event. This year, Milford has almost doubled their team size and things are looking up.
“As of right now, we have quite a few more swimmers than last year. I think we also have a strong group of underclassmen who are going to be able to contribute right away, and the season looks promising,” Milford Head Coach Jenna Dodd said.
Milford only lost 5 seniors to graduation last year across both teams, and so far a few juniors and seniors have stepped up to take the lead for the Bucs.
“(Senior girls) Brea Wells and Sydney Millman have really stepped up to lead our girls team this year. They have been working really hard and showing the other girls what it takes to be successful. As for the boys, (juniors) Ben Sobota and Stone Davis have been leaders on this team for a while now, and they are continuing to lead by example every practice,” Dodd said.
One thing that really stood out about this year’s team was the intensity of their practice. The Bucs spent as much time working out their legs and abs as they did swimming. Dodd and new assistant coach Kelly Wells pushed the tempo of the practice, and the swimmers pushed on with grit and determination. Milford swim has long been a place for self-improvement, and Dodd expects nothing different for this season.
“My expectations are simple. I want you to beat the time that you had before. It’s not about setting a world record, but more about bettering yourself as a swimmer. Swimming is a team sport, but when you are in the pool it is up to you to get the job done. We have new swimmers out here every year, even some first-time swimmers, and we want to have fun and improve. I want each and every one of them to be the best swimmer and teammate that they can be,” Dodd said.
Speaking of teammates, Dodd did say that she hopes this year’s team can be stronger as a unit. She wants to see her athletes support each other more during meets, cheering each other on and trying to help each other improve.
The Bucs return three swimmers who qualified for states last year, and each of these swimmers looks poised to have another standout year. Senior Brea Wells finished sixth in the conference and 23rd in the state last year for the backstroke. Junior Ben Sobota finished 3rd in the conference and 16th in the state in the 50 freestyle. Junior Stone Davis finished 32nd in the state in the 200 freestyle.
Milford begins their season on Tuesday, December 5 at home against Dover. This is one of the 8 home meets that Milford has this year, with only two meets being away. The meet is set for 3:30 pm.
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