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Milford's Swim Coach Dave Chaplin left is being honored with an award for his contributions to Massachusetts swimming. He is shown with Nick Antonellis, the most recent state champ at MHS.


Milford's Chaplin Wins Statewide Swimming Award

After 30 years of leading one of the most successful swim programs in the state, Milford High School's Dave Chaplin is being recognized with the Jack McDonald Award for his contributions to Massachusetts swimming.
"I have a tremendous sense of prize for the recognition of everything we have done," Chaplin said. "I look at this as being a program award. When you get some of these recognitions, it's about the program you have run and put together."
Chaplin has led the swimming program at MHS since 1988. He was part of the committee that helped create the McDonald Award in 1996, named in honor of the late Waltham High coach and official. Chaplin will receive the award during a banquet April 8 at the Natick Elks Club.
The recognition has brought back countless memories for the longtime Milford coach, including the trips to the Long Island Invitational that used to kick off the girls' fall season. After September 11, 2001, the meet organizers asked Milford to prepare the opening ceremonies as the local schools were still dealing with the aftermath of the attacks. 
"It was a great honor to be entrusted with the opening ceremonies," Chaplin said, "especially since we were a school from Massachusetts."
Milford's swimming facility, considered one of the best in the state, has hosted dozens of significant swim meets through the years. From the Southern Conference Relay Carnival, to numerous commemorative meets to honor coaches and officials, to the Hockomock League championships, Milford has hosted every type of swimming event. Two years ago, the school welcomed members of the armed forces and retired veterans for a meet to salute the military.
"I think those commemorative days had a lot to do with why I received some of this recognition," Chaplin said.
The program has also seen numerous successful swimmers. Kevin Bradley won six state titles before moving on to Notre Dame. Maddy Garber was an MHS state champ who swam at Olympic trials. Nick Antonellis is the program's most recent state champion. The Kearns sisters, Sarah and Jill, won multiple championships and swam for Division 1 programs.
"The facility is second-to-none, the administration has been fantastic, and the program has been successful," Chaplin said. "Between the things we have done at the facility and what the kids have done in the pool, that is the whole deal."




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