It’s been a very eventful season so far for the Mill Creek High School swim team, who has certainly been exceeding expectations. Prior to the start of the season, Head Coach Rick Creed pointed out his worries on the boys’ side yet, both squads have taken a number of first place finishes.
So far senior Chris Powell, who signed with the University of Georgia, along with Will Jordan, Garrison Bemis and Andrew Kozlovski among other has achieved qualifying times for state. Powell leads Gwinnett County in the boys 50 free and the four Lady Hawks have placed in the top 15.
“We’re still a little thin. We need some young boys to really step up in a hurry. We’re relying heavy on the upperclassmen. We have six or seven boys that we are counting on. We have some young boys that we hope will develop by the end of the season,” said Creed. We’ve been happy with the progress but as we start to face some of the stronger teams, we know that our depth is going to be an issue on the boys’ side…especially when we get to the county and state meet. The boys have been [training] hard. I’m real excited about how the season is going [but] I wish we had more bodies.”
The girls have accomplished more than three first place finishes. Maddie Wrolson has continuously led Mill Creek and has achieved required times for state along with Corinne Dalley.
“The girls are really having an outstanding season so far. We are fortunate to have a lot of depth. We’ll swim [against] Brookwood in January and that will be a big test for us. Their girls’ team has always been strong. In fact, over the last few years, Brookwood and Mill Creek have been the top two teams in the county,” stated Creed.
Coach Creed noted those who remain dedicated to practice through the holiday stretch will play a crucial part in how well they compete when they return from the break.
“We will have to work hard through the holidays. Hopefully we will have a good turnout. That’s the big challenge…getting the kids to commit during the break. We have some kids that swim year round and they are very serious and they know that holiday training is very important,” said Creed.
Mill Creek will return to action on Jan. 5 at 7:15 p.m. against Brookwood High School. The Broncos have freshman Erin Scott leading the way in the 50 free. On the boys’ side, Alex Taylor is ranked seventh in the 50 free among Gwinnett County swimmers. The Hawks are at the top of the leader board in the boys’ 200 and 400 free relay.