Young team shines at 2017 state swim meet


By guest Bonny Webber

Milan Middle School had 15 outstanding athletics qualify to compete in the 2017 MISCA Middle School Diving and Swimming Invitational in Holt Michigan on January 27 & 28. The Michigan Statewide competition was open to all qualifying 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. A total 590 swimmers and divers competed. MMS Swimming & Diving Team won medals in 14 events.
Jordan Webber, 7th grader, was first to represent Milan in the diving competition Friday night. Jordan competed against 17 other top middle school divers. Each participant had to complete six different dives. Jordan had a fantastic night. Her overall score was 151.95 earning Jordan an 8th place medal.
“Jordan had an extraordinary year. This was Jordan’s first year diving. She is hard-working and very talented. She went undefeated in our school’s dual meets this year,” said Coach Chelsea Laginess, “I am super proud of Jordan. She is a great team player and is always encouraging her teammates. I am happy to be her coach. I look forward to continuing to work with Jordan and our other up-and-coming divers.”
On Saturday morning it was the swimmers time to shine. MMS had 6 boys and 8 girls competing in 15 different events. All the Milan swimmers had outstanding swims and several had best time performances
“Our boys swam great! We had outstanding performances in all 3 relays dropping time in each event. Ben Stafford, 8th grader, had a really good day recording lifetime bests in the 200 free (11th) and 100 back (4th) and anchoring the 200 and 400 free relays. The girls swam incredibly well! Best times for just about everyone. Outstanding swims by 8th grader, Jillian Rhoney in the 200 free (5th), 100 free (9th) and anchored both the 200 free and 400 free relays. I could not be prouder of this group of kids! They are all very hard workers and I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to coach them! This weekend was a great finish to an undefeated season.” said Coach Kelly Frame.
Medals were awarded for 1st through 16th place in each event.
Milan Middle School Swim and Dive program encourages all 6-7-8th graders interested in joining the Milan Middle School Swimming & Diving program and/or the club program to contact coaches Chelsea Laginess (diving) or Kerry Frame (swimming) anytime during practice hours at the pool.