MHS swimmers win Big 8 again

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Rob Reischel
Freshman Hannah Aegerter and Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team won the Big Eight Conference championship for a sixth straight season./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The goal was outlined after their first practice of the season.

They spent the next 10 weeks bettering themselves, and destroying almost everyone that crossed their path.

Then last Saturday, Middleton’s dynamic girls swimming and diving team made their primary objective a reality.

The Cardinals won the Big Eight Conference meet held at Beloit Memorial in remarkably impressive fashion. Middleton posted a whopping 563.5 points and easily outdistanced runner-up Verona/Mount Horeb (466.5). Madison Memorial (441), Madison West (345) and Sun Prairie (246) rounded out the top five.

“We knew this was a big goal and that the girls would have to put in more work than ever before to make that goal a reality,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “I have said all season long how impressive this young group has been, day-in and day-out, but definitely not as impressive as they were on Saturday. This was one of the most exciting and fun meets I have ever witnessed.”

Middleton’s impressive title marked the sixth straight year it had won the conference meet.

“To win six straight is pretty remarkable,” Cabalka said. “We have had a lot of success over the years. I credit that to great depth of talent, fantastic feeder programs in the area and a group of girls who continue to buy into our program's philosophy and goals.”

Middleton had a plethora of impressive showings up and down the lineup.

Freshman Cora Mack was second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.50), while sophomore Caroline Hippen was third (1:56.80) and senior Samantha Roll was fourth (1:57.38). Mack was also third in the 50-yard freestyle (24.47).

Freshman Hannah Aegerter was second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:15.63), while junior Margaret McGill was fifth (5:22.37) and junior Elise Hokanson was seventh (5:26.10).

Senior Emma Karbusicky was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.31) and freshman Emily Keebler was 10th (1:10.12).

Sophomore Chiara Pierobon-Mays was second in the 100-yard backstroke (59.28), while senior Victoria Lin was third (59.92) and junior Tryn Peterson was seventh (1:02.21).

Aegerter was also third in the 200-yard IM (2:12.88), freshman Makenna Licking was fifth (2:14.89), Karbusicky was seventh (2:15.90) and freshman Emily Keebler was ninth (2:16.27).

Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of senior Victoria Lin, Karbusicky, Pierobon-Mays and Licking was third (1:49.53).

Lin was third in the 100-yard butterfly (58.82) and Pierobon-Mays was seventh (1:00.87). Roll was third in the 100-yard freestyle (54.32), while Hippen was fourth (54.50) and Licking was fifth (54.73).

Middleton also dominated the relays.

The quartet of Aegerter, Roll, Hippen and Mack won the 400-yard freestyle relay and set a new Big Eight record in the process (3:34.38). The previous mark had stood since 1990.

“The icing on the cake came at the end of the meet, when our 400 free relay broke a 25 year-old conference record,” Cabalka said. “They swam out of their minds.”

The foursome of Roll, Aegerter, Hippen and Mack won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.22). And Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Lin, Karbusicky, Pierobon-Mays and Licking won the 200-yard medley relay.

Sophomore Eleanor Mackey was also fourth in the one-meter diving, while sophomore Sarah Dahlk was eighth.

“This win was our best team win of the season and one that has set an incredibly high standard for years to come,” Cabalka said. “I could not be more proud of what we accomplished.

“There truly is no greater joy in the world of coaching than seeing a smile on the faces of your athletes that is full of accomplishment, joy and pride. We saw a lot of those on Saturday. 

“We had some fantastic individual swims, but our relays really stole the show. We were finally able to put together 12 really great swims, all at the same time.”

• On deck: V-MH will be at the Middleton Sectional Saturday at 1 p.m.



Team scores: Middleton 563½, Verona/Mount Horeb 466½, Madison Memorial 441, Madison West 345, Sun Prairie 246, Beloit Memorial 59, Janesville Craig 58, Janesville Parker 40, Madison East 35, Madison La Follette 34.

1-meter diving: 1, Nunn, VMH, 430.35; 2, Donkle, MM, 419.00; 3, Kaspar, MW, 380.75; 4, Mackey, M, 380.30; 5, Forrest, MW, 379.15; 6, Riggins, MM, 361.80.

200 medley relay: 1, Verona/Mount Horeb (Nelson, Bennin, Smith, Larsen), 1:47.42; 2, Madison Memorial (Meyer, A. Center, Gomez, M. Center), 1:48.36; 3, Middleton (Lin, Pierobon, Karbusicky, Licking), 1:49.53; 4, Madison West (Sullivan, Mirus, Marty, Higgins), 1:51.15; 5, Sun Prairie (Unmacht, Powers, Nelson, White), 1:51.41; 6, Middleton (McCue, Peterson, Keebler, Warriner), 1:53.02.

200 freestyle: 1, Powers, SP, 1:53.92; 2, Mack, M, 1:56.50; 3, Hippen, M, 1:56.80; 4, Roll, M, 1:57.38; 5, Seidl, VMH, 1:57.47; 6, Lutz, MW, 1:59.67.

200 individual medley: 1, Marty, MW, 2:09.22; 2, Donagan, JP, 2:11.38; 3, Aegerter, M, 2:12.88; 4, Drapp, VMH, 2:13.73; 5, Licking, M, 2:14.89; 6, Eckerle, MM, 2:15.63.

50 freestyle: 1, Nelson, VMH, 23.05; 2, Center, MM, 23.70; 3, Mack, M, 24.47; 4, Unmacht, SP, 24.76; 5, First, MW, 24.90; 6, Center, MM, 24.98.

100 butterfly: 1, Marty, MW, 57.21; 2, Bennin, VMH, 57.87; 3, Lin, M, 58.82; 4, Cole, MM, 1:00.36; 5, Peterson, M, 1:00.59; 6, Frankwicz, MLF, 1:00.69.

100 freestyle: 1, Center, MM, 52.47; 2, Seidl, VMH, 54.06; 3, Roll, M, 54.32; 4, Hippen, M, 54.50; 5, Licking, M, 54.73; 6, Parker, VMH, 54.76.

500 freestyle: 1, Powers, SP, 5:05.00; 2, Aegerter, M, 5:15.63; 3, Lutz, MW, 5:16.52; 4, Henshue, VMH, 5:19.63; 5, McGill, M, 5:22.37; 6, McKeon, MM, 5:23.25.

200 freestyle relay: 1, Middleton (Roll, Hippen, Aegerter, Mack), 1:38.22; 2, Verona/Mount Horeb (Bennin, Parker, Larsen, Seidl), 1:38.97; 3, Madison West (Mirus, Higgins, Cardwell, First), 1:39.51; 4, Madison Memorial (Gomez, Houston, Cole, Center), 1:39.57; 5, Madison Memorial (Bloomer, Trinkner, Bissen, Spielman), 1:41.15; 6, Middleton (McCue, Warriner, Lin, Pierobon), 1:41.80.

100 backstroke: 1, Nelson, VMH, 54.33; 2, Pierobon, M, 59.28; 3, Lin, M, 59.92; 4, Unmacht, SP, 1:00.40; 5, Drapp, VMH, 1:01.06; 6, Frankwicz, MLF, 1:01.15.

100 breaststroke: 1, Bennin, VMH, 1:05.45; 2, Karbusicky, M, 1:07.31; 3, Gomez, MM, 1:07.85; 4, Donagan, JC, 1:08.14; 5, Larsen, VMH, 1:09.03; 6, Drapp, VMH, 1:09.15.

400 freestyle relay: 1, Middleton (Aegerter, Hippen, Roll, Mack), 3:34.38; 2, Verona/Mount Horeb (Parker, Seidl, Henshue, Nelson), 3:34.57; 3, Madison Memorial (Cole, T. Center, Eckerle, A. Center), 3:37.24; 4, Madison West (Higgins, First, Cardwell, Marty), 3:39.49; 5, Sun Prairie (Unmacht, White, Powers, Lelivelt), 3:42.24; 6, Middleton (Madigan, Warriner, McGill, Licking), 3:42.24.

At Beloit Memorial.


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