Swimming: Bucs celebrate Senior Day with a sweep of Seaford

MILFORD – The Bucs swim team made the most of its final home meet of the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 6, celebrating Senior Day with a sweep of Seaford.

The boys picked up a 110-40 victory to finish with a 5-5 team record, while the girls won 136-28 to finish with a 6-4 record ahead of Saturday’s Henlopen Conference championships at Sussex Academy.

The boys earned victories in 10 of the 11 events, including a pair of individual wins from junior Ben Sobota (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle), freshman Mason Sauers (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke) and junior Stone Davis (500 freestyle, 100 breaststroke).

Senior Nathan Hall placed first in the 100 butterfly event Tuesday afternoon (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

In the 200 IM event, Sauers qualified for states by posting a time of 2:19.87.

Sophomore Hazen Leighty (200 freestyle) and senior Nathan Hall (100 butterfly) rounded out the Bucs’ individual wins Tuesday with a 1:18.30 first-place time in the 100 backstroke.

For the girls, Milford won all 11 events over Seaford.

Senior Cameron Quinn (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle) and sophomore Emily Morgan (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke) each earned two individual wins in Milford’s 108-point team win.

Freshman Sophia Williams (200 IM), junior Silvara Santiago (100 butterfly), senior Sydney Millman (100 freestyle) and senior Brianna Wells (100 backstroke) rounded out the individual wins for the Bucs.

Senior Day

During the 10-minute break halfway through the meet, Milford’s group of eight seniors were honored in front of the pool-side crowd at the Milford Boys & Girls Club.

After dedicating the last four years to competing in the pool for the Milford swim team, this group of seniors now have just two more opportunities to compete in the pool as a Buccaneer.

Seniors: Brianna Wells, Sydney Millman, Kaylee Groce, Cameron Quinn, Kevin Rossetti, Nathan Hall, Michael Hartzell and Bryce Smith.

Brianna Wells, while she’ll be competing at the Henlopen championships Saturday and states in less than two weeks, is sad to see her senior season coming to an end.

Milford seniors, back row (L-R): Nathan Hall, Kevin Rossetti, Sydney Millman, Kaylee Groce, Cameron Quinn, Brianna Wells. Front row: Bryce Smith, Michael Hartzell (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

“It’s sad, because I’ve been swimming for so long, but I hope to continue improving for conferences and states,” Wells said. “Overall, it’s been a great experience. I love the people on my team, I love the coaches. I’ve been swimming for so long, it’s just been such a great experience and I’m glad I can end it with them.”

At the state meet, Wells will be competing in the backstroke and relay events.

Senior Sydney Millman made consideration time for the 50 freestyle event at states, but has one more opportunity to qualify for the state event at the conference championships this weekend.

“It’s overwhelming, for sure,” Millman said of competing in her final home meet Tuesday. “It’s been such a big part of my life for, probably, 10 years now. Overall, I’d say I had a really good experience here. I had a lot of coaches who really cared about me and pushed me hard. All my teammates have been so supportive, and I just feel like I’ve bonded so closely with them all. It’s definitely been one of the more influential things for me.”

For Kaylee Groce, Tuesday was her final time competing in the pool for Milford as she won’t be in the pool for the conference or state championships.

“I didn’t do a lot of individual events this year, I couldn’t find a consistent one, so I mostly did relays this year,” she said. “I did the 200 and the 400, but I’m not going for those. I’m going to go and support my team.”

Swimming at Milford High for Kaylee has been an experience she says she’ll never forget.

“It’s been a fun experience. I hadn’t swam since I was a kid, and then I decided to come back and swim to stay in shape, but it’s turned into something that I’ve enjoyed a lot with my teammates and getting closer to everyone who swims at Milford. It’s been a fun experience and I’ll never forget it,” she said.

Senior Cameron Quinn, who won both the 200 and 500 freestyle events in her final home meet, will be swimming the 200 at conferences and still has one last shot at potentially qualifying for states.

“I dropped time on my 200 today and I won it today, which I was really excited about,” she said. “Just the experience of all this is really amazing. I just love swimming and Milford’s swim team is a tight-knit group. I’ll really miss it.”

Kevin Rossetti, a member of the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relays teams that won Tuesday, hopes to continue swimming in college whether it’s competitively or just recreationally to stay in shape.

“It’s been a really great experience,” he said. “I’ve been able to meet a lot of people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise, and I’ve become really close with them. It’s going to be sad next year when I’m off at college.”

Saturday’s Henlopen championships will begin approximately 10 a.m. at Sussex Academy in Georgetown.

Preliminaries for the state meet will take place Wednesday, Feb. 21 (boys) and Thursday, Feb. 22 (girls) at University of Delaware. The finals, both boys and girls, are set for Saturday, Feb. 24.

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

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