The end of the high school swimming season is fast approaching as we’re already more than halfway through the regular season. After six meets, the Milford swim teams find themselves heading down separate paths as they prepare for the Henlopen Conference Championship and State Championship meets.
The Bucs entered the season with a brand new head coach in Ellen Gorrin, and as expected Milford has gone through a transition period. However, the Milford girls have been very impressive this season, their 95-78 win over the Dover Senators last Thursday gave them the second-highest overall record amongst Henlopen Conference squads at 5-1.
The girls have won five meets in a row after dropping their opener to Indian River, and aside from their last two wins over Dover and Lake Forest, the Lady Bucs have won going away. Milford’s success has come from a well-rounded group led by senior Ally Sanders, a qualifier for states last season.
Sanders, and underclassmen Sarah Lingo, Leigh Ann Rossetti, Allison Fitzgerald, Angela Gleysteen, and Megan Wolfe seem to have improved as the year has gone on. Against Dover, the squad continued to impress. Sanders dominated the 100m Freestyle, Lingo took the 500m Freestyle, Rossetti the 100m Backstroke and Fitzgerald, Gleysteen and Wolfe helped make up winning relay teams.
For the Milford boys team, things have not come quite so easily this season. After starting off the year at 2-1, the boys have dropped three straight including a 106-60 contest to the Dover Senators on Thursday.
The boys team is a bit short-handed this year, down to just nine swimmers this season as opposed to having 20 plus last year, which has hindered their ability to win meets.
However, the boys – like the girls, are not without their standouts.
So far this season, Dustin Reeder has taken the leadership reigns on a team with zero seniors. In just his second season, the junior has made a case for himself to make it to states this year. Along with fellow juniors Nick Sobota, and Eric Velazquez, the three have helped the rest of the underclassmen progress throughout the season. Lone freshman Cole Davis has shown tremendous potential in just his first year with the Bucs. And While the win/loss results have yet to come for the Bucs, it’s still a learning process for many.
There are just four meets remaining in the regular season, leaving little time for the Bucs to improve before the conference championships start on Saturday, February 8.
The boys hope to get back in the win column, while the girls look for their sixth-straight victory on Thursday, January 23 when the Bucs host Sussex Tech at the Milford Boys & Girls Club.
Milford will finish out their week with a quick turnaround, taking on Cape Henlopen at the Sussex YMCA on Friday, January 24 in a meet rescheduled from Tuesday, January 21.