Milford’s varsity boys and girls swimmers returned from Vandalia, Ohio, after winning both the boys and girls divisions of the Butler Swimming Invitational. A total of 10 teams competed.
The male Eagles amassed 574 points; the host Aviators were a distant runner-up with 376. The female Eagles recorded 447 points, a good deal ahead of the second place Troy Trojans who had 363 points.
Junior Chris Williams, freshman Beau Robinson, senior Matt D’Errico, senior Joey Griffin, and junior Dan Matulis, were winners in respective male events. The E-Gal winners were senior Katie MClure, juniors Julilyn Brown, Laurin McClure, and Naomi Week.
200-yard medley relay: Matulis, Griffin, Robinson, and Williams (first) 1-minute, 47.57-seconds. 200 freestyle: D'Errico (first) 1:53.18 and Matulis (third) 1:59.96. 200 individual medley: Robinson (third) 2:13.29. 50 free: Williams (first) 23.21 and Griffin (third) 23.82. 100 butterfly: Robinson (first) 57.01. 100 free: Williams (first) 50.79 and Eric Sanders (second) 53.38. 500 free: D'Errico (second) 5:16.75 and Thomas Prus (third) 5:29.12. 200 free relay: Sander, Connor Litmer, Clark McCloud, and D'Errico (third) 1:37.07. 100 backstroke: Matulis (second) 1:00.72. 400 free relay: Robinson, D'Errico, Griffin, and Williams (first) 3:30.37 and Sanders, McCloud, Joey Limke, and Matulis (third) 3:47.71.
200 free: Week (second) 2:06.70, 200 IM: Gwen Storch (second) 2:20.90 and Laurin McClure (third) 2:23.44. 50 free: Brown (third) 27.08. 100 free: Brown (second) 57.16. 100 back: Storch (second) 1:04.21. 400 free relay: Katie McClure, Laurin McClure, Week, and Brown (first) 3:53.33.
Milford sent Lawrenceburg back to Indiana with a double drubbing. The Eagles won out 136-21 and the E-Gals won out 122-38.
The triumphant Eagles :
200 medley relay: Matulis, Sanders, Williams, and Limke 1:52.14. 200 free: Matulis 2:03.36. 200 IM: Robinson 2:10.41. 50 free: Griffiin 24.37. 100 fly: Matulis 1:04.91. 100 free: Griffin 52.74. 500 free: Robinson 5:12.76. 200 free relay: Sanders, D'Errico, Nick Brown, and Williams 1:39.57. 100 back: Prus 1:05.73. 100 breast: D'errico 1:07.48. 400 free relay: Robinson, Griffin, Litmer, and Matulis 3:44.94.
The victorious E-Gals are as follow.
200 medley relay: Storch, Laurin McClure, Week, and Brown 2:02.08. 200 free: Storch 2:09.90. 200 IM: Week 2:27.84. 50 free: Laurin McClure 26.60. One meter diving (six dives): Margaret Craycraft 214.15 points. 100 fly: Storch 1:04.67. 100 free: Katie McClure 58.59. 100 back: Brown 1:10.12. 100 breast: Laurin McClure 1:18.17. 400 free relay: Laurin McClure, Week, Storch, and Brown 4:04.30.
The Lions are going through a rebuilding season. Coach Judy Middeler is somewhat surprised. She expected a larger number out for both of her teams.
"The boys have some potential," said Middeler. "Alex Lewis is swimming year round now and Robbie Workman is adjusting to getting started swimming year 'round."
Lewis, a junior, is excelling in sprints and Workman, a sophomore, is doing the same in the individual medley and 100 free. Lewis was a district qualifier last year in the 100 fly with a personal best time of 54.32. T. J. Petry, a senior, is looking good in the 50 free and Alex Ariapod, a freshman, is doing likewise in the sprints.
"We're going to try and break .500 this season," Middeler said.
On the distaff side of the ledger, Middeler said, "We've got a young team. There is a lot of competition among them. Victoria Wildey is working really hard in the breaststroke and Gabby Benton is working hard in the breast and sprints." Wildey is a senior and Benton is a sophomore.
"The girls are trying to break .500 this year, too," Middeler concluded.
The boys defeated Greenfield McClain 57-37.
The Lion conquerors were the 200 medley, Ariapod in the 200 IM and 100 fly, Mark Miller in the 50 free, Jacob Singleton in the 100 free, Blake Beckett in the 400 free, the 200 free relay, and Grant Gilman in the 100 breast.
The girls lost to McClain 62-31.
Benton was the NR champ, winning the 100 breast.
In a rematch with the Tigers, the boys in Red and Black were set back 49-44.
The New Richmond winners were the 200 medley relay 2:00.75, Petry in the 50 free 26.09, Lewis in the 100 fly 55.59 and 100 back 1:03.06, and the 200 free relay 1:43.01.
The girls got closer, but were still dunked 53-37.
Winning for NRHS was McKenzie Hughes in the 200 free 2:41.75 and Wildey in the 200 IM 2:58.34.
The New Richmond boys and girls both scored 51 points in a triangular meet. The McClain boys had 118 and Cincinnati Country Day 117 and the Country Day girls had 127 and McClain 111.
Finishing among the best three boys in each event were the Red and Black's Petry in the 50 free (second) 26.51, Luke Tons in the 100 fly (third) 1:48.48, and Beckett in the 500 free (third) 7:28.81. Among the best three for the girls was Sammi Gregory in the 200 free (third) 2:45.77, Wildey in the 200 IM (third) 3:04.42, Gabrielle Benton in the 50 free (third) 32.70 and 100 breast (second) 1:26.20, and Khyla Parson in the 100 free (third) 1:17.49
A duel took place against Clark Montessori's Cougars. Clark won the boys' battle 54-38 and the girls 66-29.
The 200 medley relay earned the only win of the day for the boys. Ariapod, Beckett, Miller, and Petry finished in 2:13.29.
The only girls win was by Wildey in the 100 breast 1:26.75.
The Trojans have registered some respectable performances.
The best times for the boys have been Brandon Behymer in the 200 free (2:29.28) and 100 back (1:23.31), Thomas Moore in the 200 IM (2:48.25) and 100 breast (1:29.17), Daniel Wulker in the 50 free (29.12), the 100 free (1:04.58), and the 500 free (6:50.46).
The best times for the girls have been Hannah Rawls in the 200 free (2:48.86) and 100 back (1:29.13), Gabrielle Branson in the 200 IM (3:01.35) and 100 breast (1:24.30), Olivia Moore in the 50 free (27.39) and 100 free (1:00.12), and Miranda Kelch in the 100 fly (1:13.22) and 500 free (6:08.92).