Milton Hershey School Swimmers Compete at Districts
Over March 2 and 3, members of the Milton Hershey School swim team competed in the District III 2A swimming championship held at Cumberland Valley High School.
On Friday, the boys’ 200 medley relay team finished the season by shaving eight seconds off its best time. The team included senior Francis Ragsdale, junior Chase Bailey, sophomore Jordan Urban, and freshman Theodore Kostelnik. Each swimmer also had their personal best split time. Senior Francis Lopez and sophomore Josh Ash trained with the relay team in order to step up as alternates if needed.
Competition on Saturday for the Spartans began with a strong performance from senior Francis Ragsdale in the 100-meter breaststroke, which earned him his best time of the season.
Later on Saturday, the girls’ 400 freestyle relay team, comprised of seniors Celeste Bobro, Gameal Jean-Francois, junior Aryanna Fink, and freshman Charity Brueland, came within seconds of the school record in the event after improving its time by 11 seconds. Seniors Allie Cozzi, Gwyneth Wainwright, and Jessica Waite, and freshman Phylicia Class trained as alternates along with the relay team.
“Throughout the season, every swimmer improved their times and stroke techniques,” said MHS head swim coach Heather Dougherty. “I look forward to continuing this success next season. I expect more relays to qualify for districts and more individual swimmers at the Mid-Penn and District meets. The expectations have been set and I know our swimmers will rise to the challenge.”