By TJ Millman
Both the Milford Boys and Girls Swim Team have started their season with a 1-2 record after winning their opening meet against Dover High School, and then losing their last two meets against Sussex Tech and Cape Henlopen.
Against Dover, the Lady Bucs picked up wins from the 200 yard Medley Relay, 200 yard Individual Medley, 50 yard freestyle, 200 yard freestyle relay, 100 yard backstroke, and 100 yard breaststroke. Relay winners included Emma Sekscinski, Emily Morgan, Sophia Williams, and Silvara Santiago. Individual winners were Allison Benton and Emily Morgan. Against Sussex Tech, Milford’s only win was from Benton in the backstroke. The ladies did not win an event at Cape.
The biggest detriment to the Lady Bucs so far has been a lack of top finishers. While they have many capable swimmers, the Lady Bucs have struggled with getting those first and second place finishers that help add up points in a meet.
While the Lady Bucs have struggled with getting those wins, the Milford Boys have run into a problem of depth. The Boys have been picking up wins, but with only 10 boy swimmers the team is left with only 1 or 2 swimmers in most races. Even still, the boys finished within 18 points of beating Cape Henlopen, losing by a score of 90-72.
Against Dover, the Milford Boys picked up wins in every single event except for the 500 yard freestyle and the 200 yard Individual Medley. Relay winners included Mason Sauers, Ryan Mackesey, Stone Davis, Ben Sobota, Bryce Wells, Jacob Muir, Bryce Thompson, and Jarod Millman. Individual winners were Mackesey, Sobota, Muir, and Davis. Against Sussex Tech Milford won only two events, the 50 yard freestyle by Ben Sobota and the 200 yard freestyle relay by Davis, Wells, Sauers, and Sobota. Against Cape, Milford had wins from Mackesey in the backstroke, Sauers in the 100 freestyle, Mackesey in the butterfly, Davis in the breaststroke, and the 400 yard relay team of Muir, Thompson, Mackesey, and Chris Lankford.
It is still early in the season, but two sophomores have started to emerge as dynamic swimmers for the Milford Bucs. For the girls, Allison Benton has been picking up wins in the 50 yard freestyle and 100 backstroke proving that she is as versatile as she is fast. Benton spent most of her freshman year recovering from a foot injury, and is starting to show out in her first mostly-healthy season of swim.
For the boys, Mason Sauers has been pushing his senior mentor Ben Sobota in each and every one of their events. Sauers made quite the splash as a freshman, qualifying for states in multiple events, but this year he has stepped his game up even more. Sauers has already qualified for states in the 100 yard freestyle and the 50 yard freestyle, and he picked up a win at Cape in the always competitive 100 yard freestyle.
Milford gets back in the pool this Thursday at home against Sussex Academy. The meet starts at 3:30 PM.
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