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The Versailles Republican Sports
August 1, 2013

Congratulations Coach David Baugh and MIST
on your first SEISA conference championship

By Gary Franklin

Milan MIST Swim Team

The 88 member 2013 conference champion MIST swim team assembles for victory celebration and awards banquet.

The Milan Indians Swim Team (MIST) completed an undefeated season by winning their first Southeastern Indiana Swim Association (SEISA) Championship. MIST has been competing in the summer program for 37 years against teams from Batesville, Decatur County, South Dearborn, Hidden Valley, and Madison. The Indians knocked on the championship door in 2011 and 2012 finishing second to a strong Batesville swim team. Batesville had won the conference championship 14 years in a row tying a record held by South Dearborn.

The highlight of the 88 event meet was MIST swimmers capturing first place in 10 of the 20 relays competed. MIST swimmers had 45 first, 21 second, and 23 third place finishes.

Swimmers placing first in all four events that they competed in include Mckenna Bradley, Darcie Diem, Jarrod Nichols, and Dylan Thomas.

Winners of three events were Mackenzie Kent and Holly Kraemer. Joshua Clark, Noah Haessig, Cole Knecht, and Elizabeth McKittrick, all winners of two events.

Individual winners include Jacob Baugh, Riley Clark, Micheala Diem, Ariel Haessig, and Ben Hartwell.

MIST celebrated the season and the championship victory at the year-end banquet honoring the 88 member team. The team consisted of children from all over Ripley County and beyond.

Season high-point winners include:

• 6 & under- girls: Margot Keller
• 6 and under - boys: Dylan Thomas
• 7-8 girls: Darcie Diem
• 7-8 boys: Cole Knecht
• 9-10 girls: Mackenzie Kent
• 9-10 boys: Joshua Clark
• 11-12 girls: Mckenna Bradley
• 11-12 boys: Ben Hartwell
• 13-14 girls: Michaela Diem
• 13-14 boys: Jarrod Nichols
• 15-18 girls: Haylee Hosmer
• 15-18 boys: Jacob Baugh

This season's MVP scoring the most points for the team was split by Jarrod Nichols and Darcie Diem, who were both undefeated all year. The award for 110 percent was shared by Alyssa Brinkman and Ben Hartwell. Most improved went to Margo Taylor, and the Indian Award exemplifying team spirit and leadership went to Emma Miller. Two Milan swimmers, Mackenzie Kent and Holly Kraemer, qualified to compete the in the Age Group State Meet July 26-28.

MIST is coached by David Baugh, Shelby Zornes and Jacob Baugh. This victorious season would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the dedication of the swimmers, coaches, board members, president, and numerous parent volunteers. Thank you to all our supporters.

Congratulations to the Milan Indian Swim Team and Coach Baugh on an awesome season, reaching a goal that's been a long time in the making!