Millin leads girls swim team to 10th-place finish at state

By Jenna Braund/Eagle Post staff

     The Monona Grove High School’s girls swim team dominated at the WIAA Division 2 state competition held November 10 at the UW Natatorium.

            After setting two school records as well as earning two champion titles at sectionals, seniors Kelsey Millin, Elizabeth Emmerich, Melissa Derlein, junior Brooke Larsen, and sophomore Danielle Millin all qualified and combined for a tenth-place finish with 91 points at the state.

            “It was insane,” Danielle Millin said.  “This year I didn’t think I would ever be able to make it to state as a sophomore. It was pretty intense, but so much fun.”

            For the single events, Kelsey Millin was the overall high ranker placing in the top for two events.  Kelsey Millin placed fifth with an individual time of 2 minutes, 11.26 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley and with a personal- and team-best time of 56.36 in the 100 butterfly, Millin ended with a runner-up finish to the state champion, who swam only a half of a second faster with a time of 55.94.

            “Kelsey’s the champion in my book,” said sister and teammate Danielle Millin.  “She worked so hard to get to where she is at and I’m really proud of her.”

            Also competing in single events were Elizabeth Emmerich and Danielle Millin.  Emmerich placed seventh in the 100 breaststroke and had a time of 1:08.49.  Millin, one of the youngest swimmers who competed for MG, placed 15th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.08.

            The 200-yard medley relay team of Kelsey Millin, Elizabeth Emmerich, Melissa Derlein, and Danielle Millin placed fifth with a team-best time of 1:51.07.

            The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kelsey Millin, Emmerich, Derlein, and Larsen placed ninth in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:41.74.  With so many successes at the meet, Monona Grove’s swim team is anything but disappointed.

            “I’m so proud of my team,” captain Kelsey Millin said. “They all did so great.”

            Seniors Kelsey Millin and Emmerich, who have both qualified for state all four years of their high school careers, had a minute of emotion about their state meet appearance this year.

            “It was a bittersweet thing,” said Emmerich said.  “It was awesome to qualify again after so much hard work, but then again, that’s the last time we will swim there for state and have that experience.”

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