Milanovic makes swimming history


Kayla Weir

Sophomore Tanja Milanovic swimming during a past swim meet against Vista Ridge.

by Jack Densmore, Staff Writer

After the Lions swim team’s performance at the Region 5 Championship, sophomore Tanja Milanovic is the first swimmer to go to state in over a decade. Milanovic won the 200 IM at Texas A&M and earned a spot at state, breaking a school record. Milanovic also broke a school record in the 500 freestyle.

“It feels good,” Milanovic said. “I feel like I worked hard enough to get that, and I feel really good about representing Leander High School at state.”

The relay finalists were freshmen Ian Schoeplein, Matthew Whieldon, and Jayton De La Zerda; sophomores Madeleine Phillips, Ricardo Vargas, and McKenzie Sumner; and juniors Morgan Sherry and Audrey De La Zerda.

“I feel like it went pretty well,” Milanovic said. “I feel like I dropped in a lot of time in a lot of my events and broke a lot of school records this year including my own, and I think the team did really good too.”

Sophomore Tanner Hartwick advanced to the finals in the 500 freestyle. Freshman Sarah Cano and senior Josh Wellington both advanced to the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. Senior Cole Moosavi advanced to the 50 and 100 freestyle, setting a school record in the 100 freestyle.