By TJ Millman
After each regular season, the 11 teams in the Henlopen Conference get together before the State Championship Meet to see how they stack up. This year was the second year the teams have met at Sussex Academy’s Aquatic Center, and for the second year in a row the champions were Caesar Rodney for boys and Cape Henlopen for girls. The Milford Boys finished in 6th in the Henlopen, 3rd in the Henlopen South, for a repeat of their performance the year before. The Milford Girls also finished 6th in the Henlopen, 2nd in the Henlopen South, leap-frogging Indian River and gaining one spot from their 7th place finish last year.
Leading the way for the Lady Bucs Swim Team were senior captains Brea Wells and Sydney Millman. Wells finished 7th in the 100 backstroke and 15th in the 50 freestyle, and Millman finished 10th in the 50 freestyle and 12th in the 100 freestyle. Sophomore Emily Morgan also chipped in with a 9th place finish in the 100 breaststroke and an 11th place finish in the 200 IM. Also scoring points were Milford’s promising group of freshman, Allison Benton, Summer Davis, Emma Sekscinski, Maddie Sekscinski, and Sophia Williams. Even though Wells and Millman are the team’s top swimmers, the Milford captains feel good about the team’s future.
“We have a lot of younger swimmers on this team who are only going to get better each year. We have some sophomores and juniors to keep the team focused, and a large group of freshman who can swim a variety of events. This team is going to be perfectly fine without us,” Millman and Wells said.
The Milford Boys Swim Team pulled out a sixth place finish, despite missing one of their key swimmers, Stone Davis, and an illness limiting top performer Ben Sobota. Sobota was battling the flu and still managed to finish 4th place in the 50 freestyle before pulling out of the 100 freestyle due to his illness. Freshman Mason Sauers continued his impressive freshman campaign, finishing 7th in the 200 IM and 8th in the 100 backstroke. Junior Ryan Mackesey added a 9th place in the 100 backstroke and senior Nathaniel Hall finished 11th in the 100 butterfly.
Like the girls team, the Milford Boys are a team made up mostly of underclassmen. Ten of the team’s 13 swimmers are underclassmen, and of those 10 only 4 are juniors. Aside from the swimmers who scored points for the team, almost all of Milford’s swimmers managed to drop time in their events. Whether it was the energy of the crowd that drove them, or a culmination of their hard work this season, this is a positive trend as the team gets ready to transition into the offseason.
Before we move on to next year, there is still the State Championship Meet for the team’s qualifying swimmers. The State Meet begins with Boys Preliminaries on Wednesday, February 21, and Girls Preliminaries on Thursday, February 22. Both events begin at 6 PM at the University of Delaware.
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