Milford swimmers dive back into competition against Indian River

MILFORD – Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls club, Milford played host to Indian River for its fourth swim meet of the 2017-18 season.

The afternoon meet marked the first time head coach Jenna Dodd’s squad hit the pool for competition since Milford’s away meet at Sussex Academy Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Winter break and last week’s snow storm made it difficult to coordinate practices for schools across the Henlopen Conference, but it didn’t keep the Milford swim team from earning a split with Indian River in their return to the water.

The boys dropped a 102-65 loss to IR, while the girls pulled away with a 102-66 victory to improve to 2-2 on the year.

Milford swimmers huddle up in the pool prior to Thursday’s meet against IR (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

“I think we did really well, coming off two breaks and not having a lot of time to practice,” Milford senior Brianna Wells said following the IR meet. “We knew that they were a smaller team like we are, and that it would be more of a personal improvement day and improving together as a team.”

Wells, senior Sydney Millman and junior Ben Sobota each picked up a pair of individual wins for the Bucs.

Millman placed first in the 200 freestyle (2:31.39) and 100 butterfly (1:16.30) events.

Wells placed first in the 200 individual medley (2:43.67) and 100 backstroke (1:10.72) events.

After finishing fifth in the conference last year, Wells said she hopes to make it in the top three this season. With just under a month until the Henlopen Conference championships (Saturday, Feb. 10), her times have consistently improved at this point in the season.

In the boys’ meet, Sobota finished first-place in the 50 freestyle (:23.36) and the 100 freestyle (:53.56) events.

“So far, I like our team and all the work we’ve put in together, and our camaraderie,” Sobota said. “But I think our team could use a little more depth. The IR team, they had a lot more swimmers than we did. Our swimmers are good, but it’s more of the second or third placements that put us on the board amongst the other teams in the conference.”

Senior Brianna Wells picked up individual wins in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke events (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

While the IR boys’ squad has 26 swimmers and eight seniors on the roster, the Milford boys’ squad listed just 14 swimmers on this year’s preseason roster.

Across 11 events, the Milford boys earned three first-place finishes and seven second-place finishes between the individual and relay events. The full results can be found below.

Complete boys’ meet winners:

200 medley relay: IR’s Michael Barnes, Jonathan Kohr, Blake Shuart and Dylan Tuttle (1:51.60)
200 freestyle: IR’s Declan Burke (2:03.97)
200 individual medley: IR’s Blake Shuart (2:21.98)
50 freestyle: Ben Sobota (:23.36)
100 butterfly: IR’s Blake Shuart (1:01.05)
100 freestyle: Ben Sobota (:53.65)
500 freestyle: IR’s Ryan McCoy (6:43.57)
200 freestyle relay: IR’s Jonathan Kohr, Max Kohr, Michael Barnes and Blake Shuart (1:39.02)
100 backstroke: Ryan Mackesey (1:05.32)
100 breaststroke: IR’s Dylan Tuttle (1:12.02)
400 freestyle relay: IR’s Jonathan Kohr, Max Kohr, Mitchell McGee and Delcan Burke (3:59.81)

Complete girls’ meet winners:

200 medley relay: Brianna Wells, Sydney Millman, Sophia Williams and Emily Morgan (2:13.32)
200 freestyle: Sydney Millman (2:13.39)
200 individual medley: Brianna Wells (2:43.67)
50 freestyle: IR’s Emma Barthelmess (:28.83)
100 butterfly: Sydney Millman (1:16.30)
100 freestyle: Summer Davis (1:13.86)
500 freestyle: Emma Shockley (7:42.15)
200 freestyle relay: IR’s Lexi Hall, Grace Furman, Amber Hills and Emma Barthelmess (2:07.53)
100 backstroke: Brianna Wells (1:10.72)
100 breaststroke: IR’s Emma Barthelmess (1:20.74)
400 freestyle relay: Brianna Wells, Sydney Millman, Sophia Williams and Emily Morgan (4:45.75)

Next up for both swim teams is a home meet against Polytech Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 3:30 p.m.

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