A great meet for Milan


By Coach Daniel Heikka

We had a great representation at the State Meet, as we qualified 10 girls, which is the most we have had in my 16 year career here.  It was a highly competitive meet this year, and we swam and dove very well.  Our Medley Relay finished 10th and was just off our school record.  The girls put up a time that in most years would have easily got them a top 6 finish.  The relay was composed of Jocelyn Hobbs, Lia Iverson, Cassidy Gillay and Sophie Morelock.
The 200 free saw three great swims and three best times.  Emma Frame finished 23rd, Brooke Dobrzanski took 21st and Lizzy McKenna was All State and finished 6th.  Both Brooke and Emma swam times that would have scored in most years, but the meet was just so much faster than in past years.
Cassidy Gillay swam a solid race and finished 27th in the 200 IM.  She worked hard to develop her strokes this year had a great year in this event.
In diving Ashley LaPlant dove very well, and finished 32nd.  She battled all year and gained some great experience to compete at the state level, and will be ready to continue her rise next year, he senior season.   MacKenzie Crawford had an incredible weekend and won the State Championship in 1 meter diving for the 3rd consecutive year.  In the process, she shattered her own school record as well as taking down the D3 State Record, recorded the 2nd highest dive score all time in MHSAA history and was recognized as a member of the MISCA Dream Team.  All American honors will not be announced until July, but she is a lock to bring home her 2nd All American Honor.
The 100 Fly we had two competitors as Cassidy Gillay recorded her lifetime best and took 20th, while Jocelyn Hobbs had a solid swim and finished 28th.  Jocelyn just started swimming this event seriously this season and made some solid progress.
The 100 Free saw another two Milan Athletes, as Sophie Morelock swam hard and came in at 22nd, while Brooke Dobrzanski finished 35th.  
The 500 was our biggest event, as we had 4 athletes compete in it.  Naomi Rossow had a very good swim and fnished 30th,  Jillian Rhoney was 23rd.  Emma Frame had an incredible swim to finish 16th and knocked over 6 seconds off her best time, while Lizzy Mckenna continued her great weekend with another All State performance and a runner up finish.
The 200 Free Relay had a huge time drop in prelims to move up 6 spots and ended up 13th over all.  Lizzy McKenna, Emma Frame, Cassidy Gillay and Brooke Dobrzanski all swam very well, and put up great splits in a highly competitive race, where 2 seconds would have moved them up 5 spots.
The 100 back was another solid event for us.Jocelyn Hobbs was 18th, while Sophie Morelock brought home a medal taking 12th.
Lia Iverson was our only competitor in the 100 breast, and recorded her lifetime best time, which was good for 30th place in the event.
The meet concluded with our 400 Free Relay taking 11th.  Lizzy McKenna, Sophie Morelock, Emma Frame and Brooke Dobrzanski made up the relay.
All told, we brought home a 10th place finish at State.
The State Meet concluded an incredible season for us.  We finished 11-2 on the year and won the SMISL Relays, Monroe County Title, The D3 Invitational in Holland, as well as brought home our 19th straight Huron League Championship. We will be losing 10 seniors on this team.   This group of girls has been incredible and they will be greatly missed.   

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