Middleton swimmers win Nicolet Sprints

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Ethan Lengfeld and Middleton’s swimmers won the Nicolet Sprints last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

It was a grueling, challenging first week of the season for Middleton’s boys swimming and diving team.

It was also a rewarding one.

After a rough start to the week, Middleton finished by winning the Nicolet Sprints last Saturday. The Cardinals finished with 340.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Shorewood (277.5). Grafton (244), Cedarburg (242) and Marquette (228) rounded out the top five.

Middleton also had a fourth place finish at the Brookfield Invite last Tuesday and dropped a 126.5-43.5 decision to Madison Memorial last Friday.

“This is a good stepping stone for the rest of the season,” Middleton coach Sam Niesen said. “I've been working them extremely hard and seeing how they prepare themselves to swim while they're sore. I'm happy with a lot of the times I've been seeing and I'm once again very excited to see how well we can taper down towards the end of the year.”

Middleton’s relay teams shined at Nicolet.

The 500-yard freestyle relay team was first, the 400-yard medley relay team was second and the 200-yard freestyle relay team was third.

Senior Jack Zocher was second in the diving competition and seventh in the 50-yard freestyle.

Senior Jacob Aegerter was third in the 50-yard butterfly and fourth in the 100-yard IM. Junior Erick Grelle was fifth in the 50-yard backstroke, while junior John Virnig was 10th.

Junior Luke Delaney was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle, while Virnig was eighth and sophomore Sam Young was 10th. Delaney was also sixth in the 50-yard butterfly.

Senior Ethan Lengfeld was eighth in the 50-yard breaststroke and junior Tommy McGovern was ninth, while freshman Archer Parkin was eighth in the 200-yard IM.

Madison Memorial won the Brookfield Invite with 562 points. Hartland Arrowhead was second (357), followed by Brookfield (333) and Middleton (241).

The Cardinals’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Zach Carpenter, Isaac Hanson, Max Hollfelder and Dean Zillner was third. Aegerter was also fourth in the 100 butterfly.

Madison Memorial also defeated the Cardinals in a dual meet last Friday. Aegerter won the 200-yard IM for Middleton’s only win of the meet.

“Overall, our meets went very well for a first week,” Niesen said. 

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