Swimmers psyched for state

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Rob Reischel
Michael Draves and Middleton's swimming and diving team are excited for Saturday's WIAA Division 1 state meet./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

They are peaking at the perfect time.

They are lowering their times and setting personal bests.

Now, Middleton’s boys swimming and diving team believe big things await at the WIAA Division 1 state meet Saturday at the UW Natatorium.

The Cardinals finished third at last Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 Middleton Sectional and seem ready for big things at state.  The state diving competition begins at 10 a.m. and the swimming starts at 3 p.m.

Middleton was seventh at state last year, and believes a much better finish is quite possible this time around.

“I'm optimistic that we can hit further down into that third or fourth range if we swim to our capabilities,” Middleton coach Sam Niesen said. “This is going to be a fast state meet with more than a few records being broken, so I'll be doing everything I can to prepare them this week.”

The Cardinals were certainly prepared at last Saturday’s WIAA Middleton Sectional.

Madison Memorial won the sectional with 398 points. Madison West (336.5), Middleton (286), Verona/Mount Horeb (217) and Sauk Prairie/Lodi/Wisconsin Heights (210) rounded out the top five.

Middleton sent nine of its 15 individual swimmers to state, along with all three relays.

“Overall, we had a fantastic sectional meet,” Niesen said. “We had 100% season-best times for the tapered swimmers.”

Sophomore Michael Draves won the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.34) and junior Luke Delaney was seventh (1:47.68). Draves is now seeded third at state, while Delaney is seeded 19th.

Draves also won the 500-yard freestyle (4:40.32) and is seeded second in that event at state.

Senior Jacob Aegerter finished first in the 200-yard IM (1:56.40), while junior Isaac Hanson was 10th (2:05.83). Aegerter is now seeded third at state.

Aegerter was also fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (52.51), while Delaney was sixth (53.04) and Hanson was seventh (54.36). Aegerter is seeded eighth at state, while Delaney was 14th and Hanson is seeded 24th.

Senior Ethan Lengfeld was fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and is seeded 18th at state. Junior Erick Grelle was 10th in the 100-yard backstroke and is seeded 21st.

Middleton’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Aegerter, junior Max Hollfelder, Grelle and Draves was fourth at sectionals and is seeded sixth at state.

The Cardinals’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Aegerter, Hollfelder, senior Dean Zillner and Draves was fifth at sectionals and is seeded 16th at state.

Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Grelle, Lengfeld, Hanson and Zillner was sixth at sectionals. That quartet is now seeded 14th at state

Cardinals senior Jack Zocher finished second in Friday’s diving competition. Junior Noah Krantz was fourth and freshman Nicholas Draves was fifth.

Now, it’s off to state where hopes are sky high for these Cardinals.

“The huge time drops we had really highlight how hard my boys work during the season,” Niesen said. “Once they start getting some rest practices, they feel great and it really shows at the championship meets.”


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