Swimmers 3rd at Big 8 meet

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Rob Reischel
John Virnig finished 10th in the 500-yard freestyle at the Big Eight Conference meet last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s boys swimming and diving team finished in third place at last Saturday’s Big Eight Conference meet held at Beloit Memorial.

Madison Memorial won the meet with 627.5 points, while Madison West was second (524.5). Middleton (418.5), Verona-Mount Horeb (275) and Sun Prairie (192) rounded out the top five.

“We had another fantastic meet, and I can't be more happy with our times,” Middleton coach Sam Niesen said. “We placed a very solid third behind Memorial and West again.

“A lot of the older boys swam well, the juniors and seniors, and I think it rubbed off on the younger boys because they started swimming out of their minds as well. We've got a lot of young talent on this team with a huge amount of potential, and they've done well this year.”

Cardinals’ sophomore Michael Draves won the 500-yard freestyle and junior John Virnig was 10th.

Middleton senior Jack Zocher won the diving competition, while junior Noah Krantz was fourth and freshman Nicolas Draves was fifth.

Senior Jacob Aegerter was third in the 100-yard butterfly and fourth in the 200-yard IM. Junior Luke Delaney was also fifth in the 100-butterfly.

Senior Ethan Lengfeld was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Draves placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle and Delaney was seventh.

Middleton’s quartet of junior Erick Grelle, Lengfeld, junior Isaac Hanson and senior Dean Zillner was fourth in the 200-yard medley relay.

The Cardinals’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of senior Bryce Angaran, Grelle, junior Max Hollfelder and Draves finished fifth.

Grelle was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, while freshman Archer Parkin was seventh.

Junior Gunnar Kunsch was also 10th in the 50-yard freestyle.

“Overall, I see a huge amount of improvement on both the swimmers that have been tapering as well as an overall drop in time in general,” Niesen said. “These last few meets are always fun to coach and watch, and I'm proud of every one of the boys this year.”

• On deck: Middleton hosts a WIAA Division 1 Sectional Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.


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