Swimmers aiming for big season

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Rob Reischel
Middleton’s Jacob Aegerter finished seventh at state last year in the 200 IM./File photo

They have one of the state’s most steady and consistent programs.

They’re a force in the Big Eight Conference each winter. And they typically leave their mark on the state tournament.

This year figures to be much of the same for Middleton’s boys swimming and diving team.

The Cardinals finished seventh at state last year. Now, with a solid contingent of returnees and several gifted newcomers, Middleton could be poised for even bigger and better.

The Cardinals began their season Tuesday at the Brookfield East Invitational.

“I certainly believe we can better with our state placement, but it's going to be a tough road,” Middleton coach Sam Niesen said. “We lost a darn fantastic senior group from last year, and we'll need some of the younger boys to break out and show me that they're capable of filling those slots. We still have plenty of great talent and it'll be exciting to see the capabilities of the new swimmers.”

Among the Cardinals’ top returnees are seniors Jacob Aegerter and Ethan Lengfeld, and juniors Luke Delaney, Isaac Hanson, and Tommy McGovern.

Aegerter finished seventh at state last year in the 200 IM, breaking Niesen’s team record. Aegerter also finished ninth at state in the 100 butterfly at state.

“He will be a huge asset to the team and I'll definitely be using every drop of potential he has as an athlete in his last year at MHS,” Niesen said of Aegerter.

Delaney finished 21st at state in the 100-yard butterfly. Hanson specializes in the butterfly, as well.

“Luke and Isaac are both key butter flyers that are not only good swimmers, but they're both dedicated and fantastic kids in general,” Niesen said. “I expect Luke to make it back (to state) again, as well as adding Isaac to that state butter flyer list.”

Lengfeld and McGovern specialize in the breaststroke, and Niesen is hoping they both have breakout years.

“Both Ethan and Tommy are hard workers,” Niesen said. “So I fully expect them to be able to step up and perform. It'll be exciting to see what they can do.”

Sophomore Michael Draves, along with freshmen Andrew Lund, Chris George and Archer Parkin are expected to make a splash, as well.

“Michael’s talent cannot be overstated,” Niesen said. “He'll definitely be another one of the big shots that people will be watching out for. I'm very happy he's decided to join MHS swimming.

“Andrew, Chris, and Archer are just a few of the freshmen that have stood out to me so far. They've buckled down and started working hard right from the start. Our practices these first couple weeks have been extremely difficult and they've impressed me with their hard work. I can tell that these three have great potential.”

As always, Middleton figures to have several others step up and continue a tradition of excellence.

Some of the goals this season are to obviously place better at state, increase the workload both in and out of the pool, and overall make these boys better athletes and better students,” Niesen said.

If that happens — and it usually does at MHS — the Cardinals should be in for another big year.


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