2018 Results: Fifth in Section 5A.
The Milaca swim and dive team is about to experience a year of reinvention after losing a strong group of seniors from last year.
“They were diverse, dependable and talented,” said Jennifer Burroughs, the Wolves’ co-head girls swimming and diving coach. “This was a hard loss for our team, and we already miss them.”
The 10 seniors included Jaedyn Kollar, Breana Mehrwerth, Chloe Hendrickson, Ellie Hartung, Ellie Schindeldecker, Faith Voss, Indigo Bistrup-Peterson, Jade Stockler, Jessica Sailor, and Michelle Crandall.
Burroughs, co-head coach Joe Wildman, diving coach Lyssa Weyer, and seventh and eighth grade coach Cassie Wredberg hope to have full roster ready for 2019 section championship meet. “We are hoping this year’s 200 freestyle relay team will challenge last season’s records at various pools and at the Granite Ridge Conference meet,” she said.
Burroughs said Milaca is typically strong in the sprinting events, and the coaching staff hopes to continue that tradition during the 2019 season.
“We have some new and added talent to this year’s team, so we will have to see where everyone will fit best,” she said.
Captains for 2019 include Aubrie Vivant, Lexy Tesch, and Emma Nord. Burroughs said she and the other Milaca coaches are expecting a lot from this trio because they are fierce, loyal, and train hard.
“They will have high expectations of their performances, as well as others,” Burroughs said. “We expect to see their leadership in the pool during workouts. These three are close, and we expect their friendship to help unit the team.”
Vivant and Tesch were members of the 200 freestyle relay that broke multiple records last season, and ultimately competed at the state meet.
“We feel that they will bring these experiences back for the 2019 season, and fight to find themselves, and others participating in the state meet again,” Burroughs said.
Both swimmers are multi-talented and can swim any event that’s needed in a meet situation. Burroughs said Nord is a distance leader on the team and she will set the tone for these events.
“She will work hard to meet her personal season goals and raise the bar for the other distance athletes,” Burroughs said.
Herbst, as a junior, was also a member of the 200 freestyle relay team. Burroughs is looking for Herbst to focus on returning to state again this year.
“She is an excellent sprinter,” Burroughs added.
Anna Lubrant, Madison Vandonsel, Grace Thompson, Destiny McConnell, Izzy LaClare, and Jillian Leom are strong juniors who can contribute to the team’s success in multiple events. “They are versatile and that is what our team needs,” Burroughs said. Younger underclass competitors last year who made exceptional progress in their personal goals and contributed greatly to the team including Haley Juetten, Jada Kotsmith, Abby Anderson, Emma Neely, and Hilary Leom.
“We are looking forward to them filling in some open spots held by our 2018 seniors and we are excited to see what this group can do this season,” Burroughs said.
Two foreign exchange students, Nina Schilchting and Sunwoo Chung, joined the Milaca team this season. Burroughs said she’s are happy with the pair’s efforts so far, and the coaching staff is excited to put the duo into a race situation.
Finally, Elle Dunn is a returning diver with great experiences from last year. “We already see her mentoring this year’s new divers,” Burroughs said. Regarding conference and section competition, Burroughs expects Foley to be tough, as always. She also anticipates Ogilvie-Mora to return this year strong and competitive, especially with their talented senior group of girls.