Kaitlin Milburn didn't have any scheduling conflicts while competing for the girls bowling and swimming teams as a freshman at New Lenox Lincoln-Way High School, since swimming is a fall sport and bowling is a winter sport in Illinois.

Kaitlin Milburn didn't have any scheduling conflicts while competing for the girls bowling and swimming teams as a freshman at New Lenox Lincoln-Way High School, since swimming is a fall sport and bowling is a winter sport in Illinois.

After her family moved to Lewis Center and she transferred to Olentangy Orange the following year, Milburn wasn't sure if she would be allowed to compete for the Pioneers' bowling and swimming teams since both compete in the winter season.

Fortunately for Milburn, former bowling coach Joel Spitzer and former swimming coach Keith Sorensen both agreed to share her talents, and the senior has been a valuable member of both teams each of the past three seasons.

"I was really worried that I would have to choose one sport over the other, and I didn't know which one I was going to pick, because I've been swimming since I was 5 and bowling since I was 9, and I love both sports," Milburn said. "So I went to tryouts for both teams and both coaches were fine with sharing me, which was really exciting."

Milburn was able to balance her time between the teams' practices and competitions easily as a sophomore and junior, and she enjoyed some success in each sport.

As a sophomore, Milburn qualified for the district meet in bowling and finished 18th with a score of 517. She also qualified for the Division II district meet in swimming and placed sixth in the 500-yard freestyle (5 minutes, 35.73 seconds) and 11th in the 200 free (2:06.2).

The following season, Milburn helped the bowling team finish eighth (2,953) in a sectional to qualify for district, where the Pioneers finished 18th (3,005). Orange's swimming and diving squad moved up to Division I that season, but Milburn still qualified for district in the 500 free and finished 25th (5:42.26).

"I didn't have too many scheduling conflicts my sophomore and junior years, and I had a lot of fun doing both sports," Milburn said. "Making it to district was good for me last year, because I tore a tendon in my left ankle by accidentally hitting the side of my ankle with a (14-pound) bowling ball, and that kept me out of the water for three weeks and made me miss most of the (swimming season)."

Milburn's schedule has been more hectic during her senior season. She has decided to continue to train with the Buckeye Swim Club at Ohio Wesleyan three days a week through the winter, on top of practicing with her high school swimming team five days a week, practicing with her bowling team two days a week and competing for both squads multiple days each week.

Milburn, who maintains a 3.9 grade-point average, typically wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to attend school from 7 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. and doesn't go to bed until 11 or 11:30 p.m. most nights.

Milburn stays busy throughout the entire school year. She is a member of her school's math club, French club, drama club, a cappella choir and mixed choral choir, and as a National Honor Society member volunteers some of her free time visiting nursing homes.

"I like to stay busy, because it feels weird when I don't have anything to do," Milburn said. "Winter season is always my stressful time because of the two sports I do, and it's been pretty crazy now that I've been swimming club in addition to everything else.

"I decided to do club because this will be my last season of swimming and I wanted to work hard to end it with a bang. It's stressful and hard to do everything all at once, but I love both teams and I'm having a lot of fun."

Through the bowling team's first nine matches, Milburn has been medalist five times.

On Dec. 29 against Centennial, she knocked down a total of 432 pins in two games, setting the program record for highest score in a two-game series.

Milburn hopes to qualify for the state tournament as a senior. She is seeking an academic scholarship from several schools, and plans to try out for the women's bowling squad regardless of her college destination.

Donna Milburn, who has coached Orange's boys and girls bowling teams the past two seasons, is optimistic that her daughter will be a successful college bowler. Donna Milburn competed for the Gettysburg College women's bowling team from 1976-78.

"Kaitlin's been working with (Ohio State men's bowling coach) Bill Henson the past few years and she's improved quite a bit," Donna Milburn said. "Swimming was her favorite sport when she was younger, but now I'd say she's a better bowler who could probably compete at the collegiate level in the future."

Kaitlin Milburn has placed first in five events in swim meets this season, and her goal is to place in the top eight at district in at least one event.

"Kaitlin has provided great senior leadership and she's a big contributor to our team," Orange swimming and diving coach Dan Harris said. "She's done a good job of balancing her schedule. The two sports don't share much in common in terms of skills used, but the good thing is there's no danger of muscle over-use, because she's working different muscle groups in each sport.

"She probably will be a district qualifier again, because she's training hard and her times are coming down. She's really good all-around at everything she does."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Liberty, Olentangy and Orange boys and girls bowling teams:

LIBERTY

*Dec. 9 - Boys: Lost to Orange 2,083-1,755; Girls: Defeated Orange 1,873-1,795

Dec. 15 - Boys: Lost to Worthington Kilbourne 1,914-1,846

*Jan. 3 - Boys: Lost to Hilliard Bradley 2,063-1,586; Girls: Def. Bradley 1,936-1,498

Jan. 4 - Boys: Lost to Westerville South 2,033-1,680; Girls: Lost to Westerville South 1,862-1,743

Jan. 5 - Boys: Lost to Gahanna 2,071-1,780; Girls: Lost to Gahanna 1,899-1,876

Jan. 6 - Boys: Lost to Westerville Central 2,191-1,675; Girls: Lost to Central 2,261-1,922

Jan. 12 - Boys: Def. Thomas Worthington 1,752-1,697

*Jan. 13 - Boys: Lost to Olentangy 1,860-1,786; Girls: Def. Olentangy 1,923-1,644

Jan. 19 - Boys: Lost to Big Walnut 2,251-1,835; Girls: Def. Big Walnut 1,803-978

*Jan. 25 - Competed against Hilliard Darby

Jan. 26 - Competed against Worthington Christian

Jan. 27 - Jonathan Alder at Sawmill Lanes

Feb. 1 - Westerville North at Sawmill Lanes

*Feb. 4 - Hilliard Davidson at Sawmill Lanes

Of note: The boys were 1-8 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Capital before Jan. 25 and the girls were 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Capital before Jan. 25.

OLENTANGY

Nov. 30 - Boys: Lost to Marion Harding 2,322-1,848; Girls: Lost to Marion Harding 1,939-1,494

Dec. 3 - Boys: Lost to Marion Pleasant 2,036-1,881; Girls: Def. Pleasant 1,460-1,314

Dec. 14 - Boys: Lost to Marion Elgin 2,207-1,912; Girls: Lost to Elgin 1,808-1,555

*Dec. 15 - Boys: Lost to Darby 2,070-1,805; Girls: Def. Darby 1,675-1,382

Dec. 17 - Boys: Def. Morral Ridgedale 1,830-1,812; Girls: Def. Ridgedale 1,578-1,411

Dec. 22 - Boys: Lost to Delaware 1,894-1,563; Girls: Def. Delaware 1,637-1,622

Jan. 4 - Boys: Lost to Buckeye Valley 2,116-1,982; Girls: Lost to Buckeye Valley 2,156-1,636

Jan. 5 - Boys: Lost to Marion Harding 2,230-1,807; Girls: Lost to Marion Harding 2,039-1,494

*Jan. 6 - Boys: Def. Hilliard Davidson 1,948-1,947; Girls: Def. Hilliard Davidson 1,672-1,197

*Jan. 13 - Boys: Def. Liberty 1,860-1,786; Girls: Lost to Liberty 1,923-1,644

Jan. 24 - Boys: Lost to Buckeye Valley 2,133-1,533; Girls: Lost to Buckeye Valley 2,097-1,487

Jan. 25 - Competed against Delaware

*Jan. 31 - Hilliard Bradley at Delaware Lanes

Feb. 1 - Orange at Delaware Lanes

Feb. 8 - Westerville North at Delaware Lanes

Of note: The boys were 3-8 overall before Jan. 25 and are 2-1 in the OCC-Capital and the girls were 5-6 overall before Jan. 25 and are 2-1 in the OCC-Capital.

ORANGE

*Dec. 7 - Boys: Lost to Hilliard Davidson 2,028-1,883; Girls: Def. Davidson 1,545-1,119

*Dec. 9 - Boys: Def. Liberty 2,083-1755; Girls: Lost to Liberty 1,873-1,795

Dec. 13 - Boys: Lost to Westerville North 2,230-1,939; Girls: Def. North 1,651-1,538

Dec. 15 - Boys: Def. Thomas Worthington 1,915-1,666

Dec. 29 - Boys: Def. Centennial 1690-1,510; lost to Northland 1,939-1,917; Girls: Def. Centennial 1,803-1,218; lost to Northland 1,713-1,426

*Jan. 4 - Boys: Lost to Hilliard Darby 1,967-1,838; Girls: Def. Darby 1,623-1,303

Jan. 6 - Boys: Def. Dublin Coffman 1,899-1,783; Girls: Def. Coffman 1,505-1,330

Jan. 7 - Boys: Def. Worthington Christian 1,889-1,599

Jan. 10 - Boys: Lost to Jonathan Alder 2,327-1,791; Girls: Lost to Jonathan Alder 1812-1,482

Jan. 19 - Boys: Lost to Westerville Central 2,338-1,766; Girls: Lost to Central 2,285-1,623

Jan. 24 - Boys: Lost to Worthington Kilbourne 2,177-1,776; Girls: Lost to Northland 1,698-1,595

Jan. 26 - Competed against Westerville South

*Jan. 28 - Bradley at Sequoia Lanes

Jan. 31 - Gahanna at Sequoia Lanes

Feb. 1 - Olentangy at Delaware Lanes

Feb. 2 - Big Walnut at Sequoia Lanes

Of note: The boys were 5-7 overall before Jan. 26 and are 1-2 in the OCC-Capital and the girls were 5-5 overall before Jan. 26 and are 2-1 in the OCC-Capital.

*OCC-Capital match