MHS swimmers 3rd at own invite

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Rob Reischel
Jacob Aegerter and Middleton's boys swimming team finished third at the Middleton Invite last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Madison Memorial and Madison West were the top two boys swimming teams in the state last year. And both are elite once again.

Middleton is chasing both the Spartans and Regents again this winter. But the Cardinals are closing in on both powers, which they showed at last Saturday’s Middleton Invite.

Madison Memorial won the 11-team invite with 190 points, while West was second with 170. Middleton was third at 154, while Verona-Mount Horeb (143) and McFarland (137) rounded out the top five.

“It was a good indication of where we need to be to get as close as possible to Madison Memorial and Madison West,” Middleton coach Sam Niesen said. “Thankfully we’ve still got a good couple of weeks to phase out stroke weaknesses before conference, sectionals, and state.”

Middleton’s 300-yard butterfly relay team of junior Isaac Hanson, junior Luke Delaney, freshman Andrew Lund and senior Jacob Aegerter was second.

The Cardinals’ 850-yard freestyle relay team of senior Jack Zocher, junior Erick Grelle, junior John Virnig and sophomore Michael Draves finished second.

Middleton’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of Aegerter, Virnig, junior Luke Delaney and Draves finished third.

The Cardinals’ 300-yard backstroke relay team of freshman Archer Parkin, freshman Blake Zillner, freshman Andrew Martin and Grelle was third.

The Cardinals’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lund, senior Dean Zillner, sophomore Sam Young and junior Max Hollfelder finished fourth.

Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Grelle, senior Ethan Lengfeld, Hanson and Zocher finished fourth.

The Cardinals’ 300-yard breaststroke relay team of freshman Jack Mondi, junior Tom McGovern, Lund and Lengfeld was fourth.

Middleton’s 8x50 pineapple relay team of Aegerter, Dean Zillner, junior Gunnar Kunsch and Delaney was fourth.

“Our Cardinal Relay invite started out a little sluggish,” Niesen said. “I think our boys were a little tired after their last two days of meets. Once the crowd started picking up and everyone started having fun, they started swimming fast like they usually do.

“This is definitely the grind of the boys’ swim season as it's just far enough into it to be getting slightly bored with practicing hard every day, but not quite close enough to the end of the season to be really excited. Thankfully, the relay invite renewed that excitement a bit.”

• On deck: Middleton is at the Janesville Craig Triangular Friday at 5:30 p.m. It was also a good indication of where we need to be to get as close as possible to Madison Memorial and Madison West--the top two teams from state last year. Thankfully we've still got a good couple of weeks to phase out stroke weaknesses before conference, sectionals, and state.

 

 

 

 

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