“Amazing”, “unreal” and “really crazy” were some of the words the Milaca swimming and diving team used to describe its end of the season performance. It would be fair to say that for the Wolves as many great showings at the Section 5A meet in Sauk Rapids led to the team advancing swimmers in five events to the state meet.
Although Milaca had been building to a strong finish, the results were even surprising to head coach Jen Burroughs.
“I was shocked, Thursday we left very confident with our placements, we had time cuts across the board and we saw the same cuts on Saturday. Overall, we can’t say enough about the girls and the hard work they put in this season,” said Burroughs as a testament to the improvement the Wolves had made.
Now looking to state, the girls are prepared to show off the improvement they have made on the big stage. “We’re not ready to be done yet,” said Alexis Tesch, a member of both the 200 medley relay and well as the 200 freestyle relay. She will be joined by her teammates Avery Herbst, Nina Schlichting, and Aubrie Vivant.
Sharing Tesch feelings, Herbst has a good goal in mind for the relay. “I think we can place at state,” said Herbst.
Although having made the state meet, the girls are not satisfied and are hungry for improvement. “We know we can still cut time, we showed that we can do it in sections, so I think we can do better at state,” explained Schlichting.
Schlichting will not only be going as part of the relays, but also individually for the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. Tesch will also be going as an individual to the meet in the 50 freestyle.
Now, with the trip to Minneapolis for the state meet on Nov. 15, confidence will not be an issue for the Wolves shared Vivant. “This year is feels like we are meant to be there.”