FOLEY — Shortly after capturing her first state title, Kasey Milstroh didn’t waste much time getting back into the pool.
The Foley High School junior was putting in some light work the Monday following her state 500-yard freestyle championship.
“I think my coach would probably like me to take a day off,” Milstroh quipped.
Part of Milstroh’s success, of course, is that she rarely takes a day off. It’s helped her become the first Times All-Area Girls Swimmer of the Year.
Milstroh heads a 10-member team selected by the Times’ sports staff with input from area coaches.
Also selected were Sartell’s Clare Boschee, Anna Ellis and Paige Pawlenty, Melrose’s Rachel Kulzer and Mikayla Von Wahlde, Sauk Rapids’ Ella Benoit, Holdingford’s Meghan Mokhtary, Sauk Centre’s Kali Sayovitz and Rocori’s Isabelle Schneider.
Milstroh became the first Foley swimmer to win a state title on Nov. 20 by swimming to first in the 500 freestyle at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center with a time of 5 minutes, 1 second.
That was more than five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Jordyn Wentzel of Delano (5:06.35).
“When I finished, I looked up and I kind of knew what happened,” she said. “I was super happy, happy crying.
“I looked at my teammates in the stands the emotions just flooded in. I was just thinking: ‘This is super awesome.'”
That would be one way Foley head coach Jennifer Piepgras would describe Milstroh, who has set most of Foley’s school records.
“She is pretty strong in every event,” Piepgras said.
MIlstroh holds the school record in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles, the 200 individual medley, the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.
During the regular season, she was undefeated in every individual event she swam, helping lead the Falcons to the Granite Ridge Conference title for the fourth year in a row.
She’s especially strong in the 500 and 200 freestyles. She took second in the 200 freestyle at state and has a time of 1:50.61 that she swam in the state preliminaries. That earns her an All-American consideration time.
It’s paramount to her next immediate goal: to earn a spot in the Olympic Trials. That’s what all that practicing was about right after the state meet.
“I’m going to try a couple of larger (Junior Olympic) meets this spring and set if I can get times to make the Olympic Trials,” Millstroh said. “That would be fun. …
“My next goal at this point, obviously, is to make it to the Olympic Trials. That’s my biggest goal is to make it to the Olympics. That’s going to be difficult, obviously.”
At this point, anything is possible. College coaches have noticed. She admitted to receiving letters. The most noteworthy at this point is Vanderbilt, a strong academic school (Milstroh has a 4.0 grade-point average) in the Southeastern Conference.
“I’ve heard from quite a few already,” she said. “Some of them I don’t even remember.”
Of course, as a junior, she has time before finalizing her college choice. Until then, there is the YMCA winter swim season, which she said is pretty laid back.
Then, there’s golf. She has been on Foley’s varsity team since seventh grade. It’s more of a diversion. Swimming is definitely No. 1.
“I love it,” she said.
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