By TJ Millman
After both teams starting the season 1-3, the Milford Boys and Girls Swim Teams picked up 3 wins last week, going 1-1 and 2-0 respectively. Both teams beat Seaford High School on Tuesday, and on Thursday the girls took home the lone Milford victory.
It was all Milford against Seaford, with the Bucs picking up wins in 21 out of the 22 events across boys and girls. The biggest win of the day came when junior Hazen Leighty won the 200 yard Individual Medley by a total of 2 minutes and 55 seconds. Milford winners included Allison Benton, Emily Morgan, Silvara Santiago, Emma Sekscinski, Sundene Lodge, Emma Shockley, Isabella Keesler-Evans, Grace Sekscinski, Summer Davis, Ryan Mackesey, Stone Davis, Mason Sauers, Ben Sobota, Hazen Leighty, Bryce Thompson, and Bryce Wells.
Against Indian River, the Milford Boys had to face off against a 5-1 squad whose only loss came to a close decision against powerhouse Caesar Rodney. Milford’s top swimmers went toe-to-toe with the Indians, but the Bucs managed to lose multiple events by less than a second. Despite getting out-touched at the wall, Milford biggest issue continued to be their depth. The Bucs would pick up second place in an event, but conceded third and fourth in a lot of events due to only having enough swimmers to have one or two swimmers per event. Milford sophomore Mason Sauers continued his strong year by coming from behind to pick up Milford’s only win of the day in the 200 yard freestyle. Sauers stayed behind the leader for the first 150 yards, and exploded into his last 50 to run down the leader and take the victory right at the touch pad.
Perhaps even bigger for the Bucs was the return to form for senior Ben Sobota. Sobota has been the cornerstone of Milford swimming for the last 4 years but has struggled through nagging injuries and illnesses this season. Sobota set the school record for the 50 freestyle last season and has been eager to get back to his winning ways this season. Even though Sobota lost his event by 14 hundredths of a second, his time was almost back down into the 22 second range that he managed to hit a year ago. While the other swimmers caught their breath at the wall, Sobota smiled a huge smile, looked to his family, and mouthed an emphatic, “I’m back.” With just over a month until the state finals, Sobota is climbing back into form at exactly the right time.
The Milford Girls team picked up the win against Indian River by a score of 92-66, and the Lady Bucs had control of the meet from the very beginning. The Lady Bucs picked up a dominating win in the 200 yard Medley Relay and then went into cruise control from there. The Lady Bucs have a strong core of underclassmen that will be integral in Milford’s growth over this season and the next few. Junior Emily Morgan, sophomores Allison Benton, Summer Davis, Emma Sekscinski, Sophia Williams, and freshman Sundene Lodge have all picked up individual wins this year and seem to get better with each meet.
Milford’s next meet is this Thursday.
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