Swimmers win Brookfield East Invite

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Rob Reischel
Cora Mack and Middleton’s girls swimming team won the star-studded Brookfield East Invite last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

There’s been a buzz around Middleton’s girls swimming and diving program all fall.

There’s a gifted group of freshman. A terrific batch of sophomores. And a number of upperclassmen with decorated résumés.

The Cardinals proved last Saturday just why there’s been so much hype.

Middleton went to the star-studded Brookfield East Invite and won the 14-team event.

The Cardinals finished with 486 points and easily outdistanced runner-up Madison West (321). Verona-Mount Horeb was third at 315, while Madison Edgewood (293) and Brookfield East (225) rounded out the top five.

“I was very proud of the overall effort of the team,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “We were able to win some close races, score a lot of events and prove that our depth of talent is the real deal. We certainly walked away with a new sense of accomplishment and pride, and I think the girls were able to see their hard work begin to pay off.”

Middleton’s quartet of freshman Cora Mack, freshman Makenna Licking, freshman Hannah Aegerter and sophomore Caroline Hippen won the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The Cardinals’ foursome of senior Victoria Lin, senior Emma Karbusicky, sophomore Chiara Pierobon-Mays and Licking was second in the 200-yard medley relay.

And Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of senior Samantha Roll, Pierobon-Mays, Mack and Hippen was fourth.

Middleton had a great deal of success individually, as well.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Aegerter was second, Hippen was fifth and Roll was sixth. Pierobon-Mays was second in the 100-yard backstroke, while Lin was fifth and junior Tryn Peterson was ninth.

Karbusicky was third in the 100-yard breaststroke. In the 200-yard IM, junior Margaret McGill, freshman Emily Keebler and Karbusicky were fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Lin was third in the 100-yard butterfly, while Pierobon-Mays was sixth, Peterson was eighth and Licking was ninth. Mack was fourth in the 100-yard freestyle, while Roll was sixth and Hippen was eighth.

Aegerter was fifth in the 500-yard freestyle, while McGill was ninth and junior Elise Hokanson was 10th.

Mack and Licking finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle. And Middleton sophomore Eleanor Mackey was sixth in the one-meter diving.

“This was our first invite of the season and a great opportunity for us to see how we stack up against some of the top teams in the state in a different format,” Cabalka said. “This meet tends to favor a team like ours, as it rewards depth rather than individual talent like the state meet. 

“We have had a lot of success at this meet in previous years and the girls definitely wanted to come out with a win, but we had to be aware that this is a very different team than we have had in the past and our competition looks quite different as well. This should give us some confidence as we head to our next invite at Waukesha South (Saturday), where the competition will be even more talented and intense.”

Middleton also rolled to a 122-48 win over Madison La Follette last Friday and improved to 4-0 in the Big Eight Conference.

“This was a great meet for our girls,” Cabalka said. “Away meets are always a bit of a challenge, but I think our girls did a nice job of adjusting to a different facility and atmosphere and of competing at the level we expect them to.

“We had some really nice swims from girls who were swimming events they do not typically specialize in, which gives us a bit more room and flexibility to be creative with our lineups for future meets.”

• On deck: Middleton hosts Sun Prairie Friday at 5 p.m., then is at the Waukesha South Invite Saturday at 12:45 p.m.



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