Sometimes lost in the shuffle between boys and girls basketball and wrestling during the winter sports season, the high school swimming season is in full swing.
For the Milford Buccaneers, who’ve participated in just three meets so far this year, they’re hoping to improve on their times throughout their remaining meets, hopefully with no more weather postponements.
“This winter has definitely made it hard for the swimmers to stay in shape,” said Milford Head Coach Jenna Dodd. “Between winter break and weather I feel like they have more days off than they do practice.”
Entering action this week, both the boys and girls swim teams sport 1-2 records, both having defeated the Dover Senators in their opener.
On the boys’ side, several swimmers have flashed their potential early on including Ryan Mackesey (200 Free, 100 Backstroke), Ben Sobota (50 Free, 100 Free), Stone Davis (100 Breaststroke) and Mason Sauers (200 Individual Medley).
Mackesey, Sauers, Stone and Sobota, at times, make up the 200 Medley Relay team, while Mackesey helps anchor the 400 Free Relay team which includes Bryce Wells, Hazen Leighty and Nathaniel Hall.
Meanwhile on the girls’ side, they’ve been led by Brea Wells (200 Individual Medley) and Emma Sekscinski (100 Free).
Emma Sekscinski along with sister Grace Sekscinski help make up the 200 Medley Relay team, along with Sydney Millman and Emily Morgan.
Wells anchors the 400 Free Relay team along with Millman, Morgan and Sophia Williams.
While everyone wants to win, Milford included, swimming in a different animal. Overall, swimming is a community, where everyone is rooting for one another. Sure, there’s a competitor on either side of you when the whistle blows, but as Coach Dodd states, every swimmer is battling time.
“Swimming is a team sport but it’s also an individual sport,” Dodd said. “Every swimmer knows the time they need to qualify for states, the time to beat their personal best, or the time to get a new record; so even if they are the competition you can’t help but be excited for them when they achieve something like that because you know how hard they have worked.”
“In swimming, your biggest competition is always the clock.”
Milford has just four meets remaining after their two meets against Polytech and Sussex Tech this week, taking on Caesar Rodney away before finishing the season with three-straight home meets at the Milford Boys & Girls Club against Lake Forest, Sussex Central and Seaford.
Down the stretch, Coach Dodd hopes to see her team continue to stay motivated while improving every step of the way.
“More than anything I want to see this team push themselves,” Dodd said. “We have several swimmers who are so close to qualifying for states and I want them to be able to achieve that goal. As coaches we can only do so much, deep down they have to want it and they have to work hard.”