Swimmers rout Memorial

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Rob Reischel
Margaret McGill and Middleton’s girls swimmers rolled past Madison Memorial last Friday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team lead the Big Eight Conference.

And the Cardinals are showing no signs of letting anyone into the race.

Middleton cruised past traditional power Madison Memorial, 120-50, last Friday. The Cardinals are now 6-0 in the league with only three conference meets remaining.

“This was another solid meet for the team,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “Every week, we review what went well in the previous week and where we have room to improve and the girls were incredibly focused on continuing to perform at a high level. 

“Practices are getting more intense and physical and mental exhaustion is certainly setting in, so it is getting more and more difficult to perform at a high level consistently. I have been very impressed with the girls’ ability to defy tired bodies and minds and show improvement every week.”

Middleton swept all three relay events.

The Cardinals’ 200-yard medley relay team of Victoria Lin, Emma Karbusicky, Chiara Pierobon-Mays and Makenna Licking was first (1:50.62).

Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Licking, Pierobon-Mays, Cora Mack and Caroline Hippen was first (1:40.36). And the Cardinals’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Licking, Hannah Aegerter, Mack and Hippen was first (3:40.30).

The trio of Mack, Hippen and Roll went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle. Aegerter won the 200-yard IM and Karbusicky was third.

Lin, Tryn Peterson and Pierobon-Mays finished first, second and third, respectively in the 100-yard butterfly. And Mack, Hippen and Roll went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Aegerter won the 500-yard freestyle, while Margaret McGill was second and Elise Hokanson was third. Pierobon-Mays won the 100-yard backstroke and Lin was second.

Karbusicky and Emily Keebler finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard breaststroke. And Licking was second in the 50-yard freestyle.

“Memorial is a great team, full of talent, and our girls were very focused on winning close races and scoring as many points as possible in all events,” Cabalka said. “Once again, I was very happy with our relays. 

“If you can win each relay and score a second relay, you make it very difficult for a team to beat you. Our girls take this very seriously and dig deep to make that happen — ultimately, a sign of our team's depth.”

• On deck: Middleton hosts Madison West Thursday at 5 p.m., then hosts the Middleton Invite Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

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