Swim Team Makes a Splash
by Caroline McCammond on Friday, February 21st, 2014
After months of training, the Milton Academy Swim Team displayed their prowess at the Independent School League Invitational. On February 8th, the co-ed team went to St. George’s in Middletown, Rhode Island to compete at the Invitational against Thayer, St. George’s, and St. Sebastian’s. Unfortunately, the Milton Diving team could not participate, as high school diving is illegal in Rhode Island. For the Swim Team, the ISL Invitational is not only considered the biggest meet of the year because of the chance to grab the league title, but also because of the intensely competitive atmosphere that defines the event.
Both the Milton Boys’ and Girls’ teams finished among the elite of the league, with the boys’ team placing first and the girls’ placing second. Milton swimmers have historically performed well at the ISL Invitational, as they feed off the excitement and competitiveness that the meet fosters.
By placing first at the ISL Invitational, the Milton Boys’ team was able to add another huge win to their spectacular season. The boys raced against St. George’s, Thayer, and St. Sebastian’s, all of whom have strong programs and consistently give Milton all they can handle. Despite this tough competition, the boys’ team blew the other swimmers out of the water, ending the meet with a total of 124 points versus St George’s 86, St. Sebastian’s 39, and Thayer’s 35. All the boys had key swims in the races that led to their overall victory in the invitational. Captain Derek Low (I), Eric Zhang (I), Alistair Bastian (I), Robbie Warming (III), and Thomas Hannah (IV) all had strong swims that helped keep the tide in Milton’s favor.
The girls’ team finished the meet only 26 points behind the first place team, St. George’s. Senior Captain, Jessica Levey, was happy with the team’s results as the girls had some of their best races of the year and were able to close the gap with St. George’s from a previous meet. The girls won two out of three relays, and many of the swimmers set personal records. The team had remarkable performances from Levey, Jessica Xu (III), Elise Atkinson (III), and Casey Delano (IV). With these impressive results, the girls’ team is well positioned to have a strong meet at the New England Swimming and Diving Championships in the first week of March.
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