Swimmers win own invite

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Rob Reischel
Victoria Lin and Middleton's girls swimmers won their own invite last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls swimming team won its own invitational last Saturday.

The Cardinals finished with 354 points and edged Verona/Mount Horeb (342). Madison West (326), Madison Memorial (316) and Sun Prairie (292) rounded out the top-five at the 11-team invite.

“Our goal for this meet was to have fun with a different meet format,” Cardinals coach Lauren Cabalka said. “It is a time of the season when ‘fun’ isn't always happening during practice, and meets like this provide an opportunity for us to come together as a team in a different way. 

“Every event was a relay, which makes the focus 100% on the team rather than on individual performances. The girls swam very well. Once again, we displayed strength in areas where we typically have not.”

​Middleton’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Hannah Aegerter, senior Samantha Roll, freshman Cora Mack and sophomore Caroline Hippen was first in 7:52.64.

The Cardinals’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Hippen, Aegerter, Roll and Mack was first in 1:39.86.

Middleton’s 300-yard backstroke relay team of sophomore Nicole McCue, sophomore Chiara Pierobon-Mays, Aegerter and senior Victoria Lin was first in 2:54.33.

The Cardinals’ 300-yard freestyle relay team of Mack, Roll, freshman Molly Warriner and Hippen was second in 47.79 seconds.

Middleton’s 300-yard butterfly relay team of junior Tryn Peterson, Pierobon-Mays, junior Margaret McGill and Lin was second in 2:55.20.

Middleton’s quartet of Lin, senior Emma Karbusicky, Pierobon-Mays and freshman Makenna Licking finished third in 1:50.15.

Middleton’s foursome of Licking, freshman Emily Keebler, McGill and Karbusicky was third in 3:25.81.

And the Cardinals’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hippen, Lin, Aegerter, Pierobon-Mays, McGill, Roll, Licking and Mack finished second in 3:19.10.

“We have been working on our sprint freestyle and building our power in that area,” Cabalka said. “I think this meet showed that the work has paid off. Watching the talent of the top teams in our conference was very exciting and gave the girls even more motivation to dig deep these last few weeks in order to be ready for the conference meet.”

Middleton also cruised past Madison West, 111-59, last Friday, on Senior Night.

“This was our last ‘big’ dual meet of the season,” Cabalka said. “It was a special night for us, as it was our time to thank our parents for all of their support throughout the season and the many years of swimming, as well as a time to honor our amazing senior class. This is a sensational group of young women who have emerged as some of the best leaders we have ever had. 

“As a team, we swam very well. Girls are tired, sore and mentally and physically exhausted. Any time you can push through those barriers and beat a team with the talent of West, you know you had a good day.”

• On deck: Middleton is at Beloit Memorial Friday at 5 p.m., then heads to the Homestead Invite Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

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