By TJ Millman
For the second straight year, the Milford Boys Swim Team finished with a 5-5 record. More specifically, the Bucs finished the season by beating the same 5 teams that they beat a year ago and by losing to the same 5 teams as well. The Milford Girls Swim Team also copied their season as well, with the only change being a loss to rival Lake Forest. The loss to Lake dropped the girls from a 6-4 record a year ago to a 5-5 record this year.
This was the first year for Milford Head Coach Meaghan Tyndall, and under her direction the Bucs managed to place 4 swimmers on the All-Conference Team, sent multiple swimmers to states, and had a top-ten finisher at the DIAA Individual State Finals.
Sophomore Allison Benton was named Second Team All-Conference, senior Ryan Mackesey was Honorable Mention All-Conference, sophomore Mason Sauers was Second Team All-Conference, and senior Ben Sobota was First Team All-Conference. Sobota also finished 10th at the DIAA Finals for the 50 Freestyle.
Benton, Sauers, and Sobota were joined at states by individual qualifiers sophomore Bryce Wells and senior Stone Davis, as well as a slew of Bucs that made up the Milford relay teams.
At the end of the year banquet, awards were given out for the Unsung Hero, Most Improved, and MVP swimmers for the Boys and Girls teams. The Unsung Hero award was given to the swimmers who did a lot of work to help the team succeed, regardless of the recognition they would receive. These swimmers did what was asked of them without hesitation and were essential parts to the team’s overall success.
The boys Unsung Hero was senior Christopher Lankford, and for the girls it was senior Emma Shockley. Each swimmer moved around the lineup, swimming whatever was needed, and grinded out the ever-daunting 200 IM in most meets.
The Most Improved Award is pretty self-explanatory, given to the two swimmers who improved the most on the year, and the recipients were junior Jarod Millman for the boys and freshman Lauren Hudson for the girls. Millman dropped over a minute in his 500 freestyle time, and Hudson overcame every obstacle placed in her way all while consistently dropping time as well.
The MVP award, perhaps the most consistent award across sports, was given to the two most valuable swimmers. Each swimmer was chosen not only for their large amount of victories, but also for their leadership abilities in and out of the pool. MVP winners were senior Ben Sobota and sophomore Allison Benton. Sobota and Benton had a multitude of victories on the year, and each stepped up when their team needed them the most.
Tyndall was happy with her team, and her swimmers, but also made it known that she has a much larger picture in mind. Her goal is not only to send swimmers to states, but to make the Bucs a mainstay at the tournament. Only one year in, her vision is certainly capable of coming to fruition. For next year, the Bucs biggest challenge will be getting numbers. Milford already has some top talent in the pool, but the Bucs are still looking for more swimmers to round out events. Any athlete looking for a winter sport could be a piece of a winning program and at the very least get in really good shape.
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