Ross swimmer completes D4/10 meet with three individual wins

GUELPH – Matthew Milligan of the Ross Royals was favoured to win three races at Wednesday’s District 4/10 high school swimming championships at the Gryphon Aquatics Centre and he did just that.

“I was going in seeded fist in all three of those races so I was trying to get the sweep, but you never know when you’re going up against those kind of people, though,” he said. “It just happened to turn out the way I wanted it to.”

A Grade 12+ student, Milligan left the pool with first-place ribbons in the senior boys’ 100-metre breaststroke, 100m individual medley and 100m backstroke.

“I’ve been racing most of those races since Grade 9, so I’m comfortable in all the races,” he said. “I was just going to go and try my best and see how I did and it all turned out great.”

The meet was the final D4/10 championship meet for Milligan.

“I’ve been doing it for five years now, so it’s kind of bittersweet to have it end, but it’s awesome to go out with three gold medals like that.”

He plans to attend university next fall to study to be a gym teacher.

“I’m not sure if I’m going to swim varsity or not. I haven’t made my decision.”

A former competitive swimmer with the Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club, Milligan’s swimming is strictly with the Ross team and that allows him to compete in the high school class. Club swimmers have to compete in the open class.

“I haven’t been swimming with them since Grade 8,” he said of the Marlins. “Compared to when I was a competitive swimmer and I was in the pool six times a week, it’s totally now. It’s really just two practices a week and each practice is an hour so you really feel a difference when you’re swimming. I’ve been able to hang on to my speed a bit. The endurance is not the way it used to be, but I’m still happy that I’m able to compete at this level and do well.”

Milligan’s performance at the D4/10 meet gave him berths in his events at next Wednesday’s CWOSSA championship meet that’s to be held at the Baden pool.

“Last year I did pretty well,” he said. “I was the swimmer of the meet for CWOSSA. I got the most points out of everybody, so that was great. I’m just hoping to kind of repeat what I did last time. That would be all I could expect.”

Last year’s performance will likely make Milligan a marked swimmer this year.

“Last year was my first full year as a senior swimmer so it was my first time to really prove myself in that category so I’m sure people will know my name and be aiming to beat me there, but I’ll try my best and I’ll see what happens.”

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