Swimmers third at Homestead

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By: 
Rob Reischel

Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team finished third at the star-studded Homestead Invite last Saturday.

Hartland Arrowhead won the meet with 331.5 points, while Verona/Mount Horeb was second at 283. Middleton (274), Cedarburg (211) and Waukesha South/Mukwonago (207) rounded out the top five.

“This has always been one of the most difficult meets of the season for us,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “It falls at a time of the season when the girls are exhausted, and yet are expected to perform at a very high level against the best teams in the state. We knew we would have to be at our best, despite how we were feeling, if we wanted to compete with these teams.”

Middleton’s quartet of Victoria Lin, Emma Karbusicky, Chiara Pierobon-Mays and Makenna Licking was third in the 200-yard medley relay.

The Cardinals’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hannah Aegerter, Samantha Roll, Cora Mack and Caroline Hippen was fourth.

And Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Roll, Aegerter, Licking and Mack was fifth.

Karbusicky was second in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Aegerter was fifth in the 200-yard IM. Lin was fifth in the 100-yard butterfly and Tryn Peterson was 10th.

Aegerter was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle, while Roll was seventh and Mack was 10th. Mack was seventh in the 100-yard freestyle, while Licking was eighth and Roll was ninth.

Pierobon-Mays was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke and Lin was ninth. Licking was 10th in the 50-yard freestyle and Margaret McGill was 10th in the 500-yard freestyle.

“For the most part, we swam very well,” Cabalka said. “We lost a little bit of focus at different points of the meet and allowed other teams to take advantage of that.

“In the end, it was nice to walk away with a third place finish, but we certainly left knowing we could have been better. It was a good learning experience for this young squad and we will use it as we move on to the postseason meets.”

Middleton also rolled past Beloit Memorial last Friday and improved to 7-0 in the Big Eight Conference.

This was a great opportunity for us to practice in the pool that the conference meet will be at,” Cabalka said. “The girls got to swim some new events, which was a nice break from the events they have been swimming for the past couple of weeks. 

“We really wanted to focus on our starts and wall work so that we feel ready to go in a few weeks. The girls did a nice job with that.”

• On deck: Middleton is at Janesville Craig Friday at 5 p.m., then travels to the Janesville Parker/Evansville co-op Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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