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Eagles To Send 13 Athletes To Saturday’s District Swimming Meet

Posted on: February 15, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE: The Milford High School swimming team will send 13 athletes in 14 different events to the OHSAA Southwest District Championships, scheduled for Saturday on the campus of Miami University. The all day action gets underway with the boys competition at 10:45 a.m., followed by the girls meet beginning at 5:45 p.m. Milford’s boys team will be represented in eight individual events and a trio of relays, while the girls team has one individual qualifier and two relays set for action.


THE UPCOMING DOCKET: A look at Milford’s upcoming schedule:


ALL-CONFERENCE EAGLES: The 2017-18 All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference teams, determined by finishes at the conference championship meet were recently released and feature a strong Milford presence.


The boys first team honorees for this year include: Tyler Babinec (100 butterfly), Chase Fisher (50 freestyle) and the 200 freestyle relay squad of Fisher, Branham Leavens, Sam Leatherwood and Babinec. Babinec (100 breaststroke), Fisher (100 freestyle) and Leatherwood (200 freestyle) were also second team honorees, while Dylan Vearil was Milford’s honorable mention choice.


From the girls team, Lauren Bell was tabbed Milford’s honorable mention selection for this year.


THE BOYS REPORT: February 9 at OHSAA Sectional Championships: The Milford boys squad had a very strong performance at the sectional meet, qualifying individuals in eight events, along with three relay squads to district competition. Highlighting the list of top performers for the Eagles was junior Tyler Babinec who picked up the win in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 58.39, nearly two seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Babinec also qualified in the 50 freestyle and as a member of the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams.


Chase Fisher will swim in the district meet in both of the freestyle sprint events (50 and 100), along with two relays. Dylan Vearil will also compete in two individual events (200 IM and 500 free) and was part of the district qualifying 200 medley relay team as well.


A look at the Eagles’ boys team district qualifiers with district seed and sectional finish:

  • 200 medley relay (Jan Rae Chavez, David Niehaus, Tim Greenwell, Dylan Vearil); seeded 24th, sectional finish 8th (1:48.99)
  • 200 freestyle: Sam Leatherwood; seeded 21st, sectional finish 7th (1:49.78)
  • 200 IM: Dylan Vearil; seeded 30th, sectional finish 9th (2:06.09)
  • 50 freestyle: Tyler Babinec; seeded 8th, sectional finish T-2nd (22.12)
  • 50 freestyle: Chase Fisher; seeded 9th, sectional finish T-2nd (22.12)
  • 100 freestyle: Chase Fisher; seeded 10th, sectional finish 5th (49.07)
  • 500 freestyle: Dylan Vearil, seeded 26th, sectional finish 7th (5:02.16)
  • 200 freestyle relay (Chase Fisher, Branham Leavens, Sam Leatherwood, Tyler Babinec); seeded 6th, sectional finish 3rd (1:29.64)
  • 100 backstroke: Sam Leatherwood, seeded 11th; sectional finish 3rd (54.77)
  • 100 breaststroke: Tyler Babinec, seeded 2nd; sectional finish 1st (58.39)
  • 400 freestyle relay (Chase Fisher, Branham Leavens, Sam Leatherwood, Tyler Babinec)


February 11 at Fred Cooper Invitational: Several non-sectional participating Eagles took part in the Fred Cooper End of Season Invitational on February 11 at St. Xavier. Tyler Blimline was the top individual finisher for the Eagles, placing 14th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:08.67. The 200 medley relay team of Blimline, Lucas Bowling, Nick Wright and Caleb Fritz took 19th with a mark of 2:06.54.


THE GIRLS REPORT: February 10 at OHSAA Sectional Championships: On the girls side, the Eagles qualified one individual and two relay teams for district competition with junior Lauren Bell at the center of all three. Bell finished eighth at sectionals in the 100 breaststroke and posted the 30th best time of 1:12.03 to earn the qualifying slot.


In the 200 medley relay, Bell swam the second leg, joining Lauren Clark, Cora Striet and Megan Krieger on the 19th-seeded team. The Eagles’ fifth place finish in 1:59.27 earned the berth. Clark, Ellen Victory, Krieger and Bell finished fifth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:54.51) to seed 15th for districts.


February 11 at Freed Cooper Invitational: Like the boys, the girls team also sent a delegation to the Fred Cooper End of Season Invite. Freshman Gretchen Feldkamp was the top finisher individually, tallying a 25th place effort in the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:34.97. The 400 freestyle relay was eighth, stopping the clocks in 4:32.15.


POLL WATCH: The boys team was ranked sixth in the final edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s area Division I coaches’ poll, released on Feb. 5. Of the three coaches filling out ballots, all three voted St. Xavier No. 1. Mason, Sycamore and the ECC’s Kings make up the rest of the top-five. Also representing the ECC are Turpin and Walnut Hills in a three-way tie for seventh, along with Anderson and Loveland among others receiving votes.


The girls team did not receive any votes in final rankings. Mason was the top team among both voting coaches, ahead of Ursuline, St. Ursula and the ECC duo of Kings and Turpin in a tie for fourth. The league is also represented by Walnut Hills in sixth, Loveland in 10th and Anderson in others receiving votes.


The final coaches’ poll can be viewed at