Middleton swimmers gaining steam

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Rob Reischel
John Virnig and Middleton’s swimmers had a big week./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Sam Niesen is quick to admit he had some doubts.

Niesen, Middleton’s boys swimming coach, watched his team struggle in their season-opener two weeks ago.

Since then, though, the Cardinals have made immense strides. And Middleton continued its upward trend last week.

Middleton bested Sun Prairie, 111.50-58.50, and toppled Janesville Parker, 130-40 at its own triangular. The Cardinals also finished second to Madison West at the Janesville Parker Relays last Saturday.

“We had a rough start in our first meet,” Niesen said. “But it has been a solid uphill climb ever since.

“A lot of the boys that don’t swim year-round are starting to get into shape, and they're really starting to impress me with how quickly they’re dropping time. We've got a good group of talent to work with, and I can tell that they're getting excited about their capabilities in the pool.”

At Middleton’s Triangular, senior Jacob Aegerter, senior Ethan Lengfeld, junior Luke Delaney and senior Jack Zocher won the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of junior Erick Grelle, junior Tommy McGovern, freshman Andrew Lund and senior Dean Zillner was also third.

Middleton’s foursome of sophomore Sam Young, freshman Chris George, senior Seth Gutzmer and McGovern won the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Cardinals’ quartet of freshman Luke Hanson, freshman Colin Kalsbeek, freshman Michael Madoch and sophomore Drake Demitrios was second.

Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of senior Zach Carpenter, junior John Virnig, senior Seth Gutzmer and junior Max Hollfelder was second.

Middleton freshman Chris George won the 200-yard IM and freshman Jack Mondi was second. Aegerter won the 100-yard butterfly, while Delaney was second and Lund was third.

Aegerter, Delaney and Young swept the 500-yard freestyle. And Grelle, Virnig and George swept the 100-yard backstroke.

Lengfeld, Lund and McGovern went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Virnig was second in the 200-yard freestyle and Young was third.

Zocher was also third in the 50-yard freestyle and Hollfelder was third in the 100-yard IM.

Madison West won the nine-team Janesville Parker Relays with 88 points and Middleton was a close second at 82. Franklin was third (66), while Beloit Memorial (48) was fourth and Janesville Parker and Janesville Craig tied for fifth (45).

Middleton’s Carpenter, Virnig, Andrew Martin and Grelle won the 300-yard backstroke relay. Hollfelder, Zillner, Delaney and Aegerter won the 500-yard freestyle relay.

McGovern, Hollfelder, Carpenter and Zillner were second in the 200-yard freestyle relay relay. Grelle, Lengfeld, Lund and Virnig were second in the 400-yard medley relay.

Delaney, Young, Virnig and Aegerter were second in the 800-yard medley relay. Grelle, Lengfeld, Aegerter and Zillner won the 200-yard medley relay.

Lund, Jack Mondi, McGovern and Lengfeld finished second in the 300-yard breaststroke relay.

Martin, George, Mondi and Lund were third in the 400-yard IM relay. Young, Carpenter, George and Hollfelder were third in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

While the Cardinals had several sensational performances, Niesen wanted to put the spotlight on one particular individual.

“I just wanted to highlight Andrew Martin for last weekend's meets,” Niesen said. “He’s a freshman that's been working hard and he has a great mindset when it comes to both practices and meets.

“He won the (JV) 200 IM for us at our tri-meet and took the spot of one of our swimmers that was unable to make it on Saturday. He definitely showed me that he's both willing and capable of working hard and swimming fast when the team needs it.”

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