Swim team celebrates Senior Day with victory

MILFORD – It was a big day for Milford swimming last Tuesday, Jan. 31.

In addition to celebrating the team’s five seniors – Cole Davis, Jake Fisher, Hayden Shockley, Megan Wolfe and Amanda Sauer – both the boys’ and girls’ squads pulled off decisive victories over rival Lake Forest.

“I think both our boys and girls did an awesome job today,” head coach Jenna Dodd said following the win. “They swam some different things that they usually don’t swim in. Actually I put them in some crazy things that they haven’t swam before, ever. So I think the outcome was really good.”

Highlighted by first-place finishes in all three team relay events, the girls’ squad finished the day with a 108-55 victory over Lake. In 11 events, Milford took home first place in six events.

Junior Brianna Wells, senior Hayden Shockley, junior Sydney Millman and senior Megan Wolfe turned in a winning time of 2:14.21 in the 200 medley relay.

Wells, senior Amanda Sauer, Millman and Wolfe placed first with a 1:59.60 in the 200 freestyle relay.

In the meet’s final relay event, the 400 freestyle relay, sophomore Megan Vezmar, Millman, freshman Emily Dotterer and sophomore Silvara Santiago finished in first with a time of 4:41.35.

Individual victories for Milford came in the 200 individual medley (Vezmar), 100 freestyle (Wolfe) and 100 backstroke (Vezmar).

The boys’ squad pulled away with a 95-74 victory over Lake, taking first place in 10 of the 11 events at the meet.

With a time of 2:02.73, sophomore Ryan Mackesey, sophomore Stone Davis, junior Nathaniel Hall and sophomore Benjamin Sobota placed first in the 200 medley relay to kick-start the boys’ meet.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Stone Davis, Hall, freshman Chad Reichhold and Sobota turned in a time of 1:52.43.

The team victory was sealed when junior Kevin Rossetti, freshman Hazen Leighty, Mackesey and Cole Davis placed first in the 400 freestyle relay.

In addition to his two wins in the relay events, Stone Davis placed first in the 200 freestyle (2:08.41) and 100 breaststroke (1:14.99) events.

Hall placed first in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.

Sobota added two individual victories as well, placing first in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

It took Mackesey 6:26.62 to take home first place in the 500 freestyle event.

“Ryan Mackesey did an awesome job in the 500 freestyle,” coach Dodd said of his performance after the meet. “He dropped a lot of time, so that was exciting.”

With her swimmers now having completed the final home swim meet at Milford, coach Dodd reflected on the five swimmers she’ll be losing after the season.

“That was sad,” she said. “They’re a great group of seniors, and we’re definitely going to miss them. We’ll have to fill those spots next year, for sure.”

“They have some big shoes to fill,” assistant coach Amanda Terray added.

Coach Dodd will take this week to prepare her two squads for the Henlopen Conference championships Saturday, Feb. 11.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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