SHERIDAN — Jadyn Mullikin never thought she’d perform well enough to break records. She’s not only worked to become a swimmer that could accomplish those feats, but one that has made a habit of it during her career as a Lady Bronc.
If head coach Brent Moore were to have a new sticker printed each time a record fell this season, the printer would need new toner by now. But with the season officially in the rearview mirror, Moore can finally update his record board for good, and Mullikin will remain on that board in multiple spots.
Mullikin didn’t truly know what to expect from herself in her final meet as a high-school athlete. How would she feel? Would nerves or pressing to swim her best negatively affect her? Would a personal-best time earn her a spot atop the podium?
All these questions flooded her mind prior to taking the trip south to Laramie. Thursday’s preliminaries didn’t answer much for Mullikin, but finals surely did.
Mullikin led off the 200-yard medley relay and etched her name alongside Zoe Robison, Taylor Baldacci and Piper Carroll into the record books, clocking in at 1 minute, 47.89 seconds.
“It’s awesome for those girls,” Moore said. “You always want to see your seniors go out and perform really well, and all three of those girls (Baldacci, Carroll and Mullikin) did a great job for us.”
This set the tone for Mullikin’s 100-yard backstroke. Prior to the race, Moore simply told her that she knew what she was doing and to go do it, and Mullikin did.
Mullikin built a lead after the first 50 meters and had a strong flip turn that started an authoritative final 25 meters. Even though setting a record time of 57.90 — a time she was shooting for — is not a new feeling, doing it on her own holds special affirmation for Mullikin.
“When you’re part of a team, it’s a team effort. Everyone helped you do that,” Mullikin said. “But when it’s just you, it’s kind of more special I think.”
Mullikin leaves Sheridan as one of the more accomplished swimmers of the past decade. She’s on the record board in multiple places and now has a decision on her hands; a decision that isn’t going to be easy.
“I go back and forth like eight times a day on whether or not I want to swim in college,” Mullikin said. “I love swimming, but also it’s also going to be so different to swim in college.”
No matter what she ultimately decides to do in the future, Mullikin can rest assured that her name will hang proudly on a record board she never thought she’d alter.
“I never thought that I would be on the relay team breaking records every week. Even just five years ago, I never thought I’d be where I was today,” Mullikin said. “It’s kind of a weird feeling knowing now we are leaving and these records are going to be there for a long time. It’s not like they are going to be broken every single year. It’s kind of a cool feeling.”