Milan High School swimmers get their feet wet with fundraiser

By Joyce Ervin

Milan  High School Girls varsity and dive swimmers were in the water on Aug. 9, only this time it was at the Milan fire station, when they held a car wash fundraiser spearheaded by swimmer Kelsey Wenzel’s mother, Shannon Jenkins.   Varsity swimmer and open-swim lifeguard at the Milan Middle School pool, Lily Bartley, attended and washed lots of cars but said, “It was fun.”

Bartley, who said her best stroke is the back stroke, thought it exciting to raise money.  Head coach Daniel Heikka was also pleased saying the girls made $662 for the afternoon’s work.

The proceeds will be used to offset costs for team apparel and the team’s Awards Banquet held at the end of the season.  Heikka thanked the swimmers that helped and gave another thank you to all that brought their cars to be washed, including alumni and swimmer’s parents.  Councilwoman Ann Gee visited the car wash and left with a shiny car after dropping some money in the big firefighter’s boot that held the cash.

The girls are 2-0 at the start of this season after finishing 9-2 last season.  Unofficial stats are impressive with several swimmers making state cuts, to include state competition for the 400 free relay, 200 free relay, and the 200 medley relay.  Megan Harvey, Kelsey Wenzel, Hanna Weber, Natalie Fisher and Sam Stokes competed in states individual races.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer.  She can be contacted at: jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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