By TJ Millman
It was just short of a month ago that the Milford Swim Team had their last meet, and the swimmers were anxious to get back in the pool and see just where they were as they approached mid-season. The Lady Bucs Swim Team took first place in 8 of their 11 events to bring home a 102-66 win against conference opponent Indian River, and on the flip side, the Milford Boys lost by an almost identical score of 102-65.
Senior captains Brianna Wells and Sydney Millman led the Lady Bucs, each picking up a win in their four events. The duo shared two relay victories in the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay, accompanied by freshman Sophia Williams and sophomore Emily Morgan, and also added two individual wins as well. Wells dominated the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 backstroke, and it was the same for Millman in the 100 Butterfly and the 200 Freestyle. Milford also had individual wins from freshman Summer Davis in the 100 freestyle, and from junior Emma Shockley in the 500 freestyle.
“I think we did really well coming off of two breaks and not having a lot of time to practice. We knew that IR was a smaller team like we are, and today was all about personal improvement. My goal is to finish in the top 3 in the conference for the backstroke, last year I finished fifth, and so far this year I have been able to drop time,” senior captain Brianna Wells said.
As the scores were almost nearly opposite, so to were the amount of event wins for the boys’ competition. This time it was Indian River picking up 8 victories, and all 3 of Milford’s wins came from individual events. Milford junior captain Ben Sobota picked up wins in both of his individual events, the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, and junior Ryan Mackesey won the 100 backstroke.
Sobota swam his 50 freestyle in 23.36 seconds, just a second off of the long-standing record held by Milford alumni Stuart Barr, and he said it has become a goal of his to put his name up on that record board. His fastest time so far has been a 23.26, and his impressive ability is something that he feels is earned, not given.
“It’s really all about putting time in when I’m in and out of the pool. When we had our snow days, I spent my time in my basement doing pushups, sit-ups, and really anything to just keep myself going. I try to never take a break because as soon as you let yourself take a break, you slow down. I try to be a leader for my teammates as well because we have a lot of kids on this team who haven’t been swimming for that long. I work hard to show them what it takes to be successful, and I try to be a positive model for the team,” Sobota said.
Milford’s next meet is at home, on Tuesday, January 16. The meet is against Poly Tech and is set to begin at 3:30 PM.
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