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Michael Draves finished second in the 500-yard freestyle at last Saturday’s state swimming and diving meet./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Led by sophomore Michael Draves and a podium-finishing 400-yard freestyle relay, Middleton finished a solid seventh at the WIAA Division 1 boys state swimming and diving meet Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.

Middleton, which had been ranked in the top 10 of Division 1 programs most of the year, validated that ranking.

The Cardinals scored 123 points and were edged out of sixth place by the Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial co-op (125 points). Fifth-place Franklin beat had 132 points, just nine ahead of the Cardinals.

Madison Memorial won its sixth straight title with 314 points, while Madison West was second at 202.

“We had a very solid overall meet,” said Middleton head coach Sam Niesen, a former standout swimmer at MHS.

Senior Jack Zocher, competing in his third straight state meet, got the Cardinals off to a solid start with a seventh-place finish in the diving competition. It completed a high school career that saw Zocher steadily climb the ranks of Division 1 divers — he finished 16th as a sophomore and 10th as a junior.

Zocher finished with 426.30 points and made a terrific comeback to lock down seventh place. After the first five rounds, Zocher stood in 13th place. But executing some of his more difficult dives, Zocher climbed to eighth place after the semifinal round and his final three dives helped him jump to seventh.

When the state meet turned to swimming, Niesen admitted the team got off to what he described as a “sluggish start.”

The 200-yard medley relay of junior Eric Grelle on backstroke, senior Ethan Lengfeld on breaststroke, junior Isaac Hanson on butterfly and senior Dean Zillner finished 12th, a move up from their seeded position of 14th place. But the quartet was able to improve their time from sectionals a week earlier by just .03 seconds.

Draves started off the individual swim events with a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. The sophomore dropped a fair amount of time from his seeded position coming out of sectionals — 1:42.08 at the state meet, compared to 1:43.34 at sectionals.

But seeded to finish third, Draves placed seventh after several swimmers posted lifetime bests to pass him. In a tightly contested race, Draves was roughly 1/3 of a second away from finishing in third place.

In the same event, junior Luke Delaney finished 17th, just one place out of top-16 scoring position. His time of 1:47.72 was just a shade slower than the 1:47.68 he swam at sectionals to qualify for state.

After the medley and 200 free races, however, Niesen said his team’s fortunes started turning around thanks to senior Jacob Aegerter. Swimming in his third straight state meet, Aegerter swam the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.95 — faster than his sectional qualifying time by nearly ½ of a second and good for eighth place.

Aegerter had a near-repeat of that performance in the 100-yard butterfly, dropping nearly ½ of a second off his seeded time and swimming a time of 52.03 that earned him ninth place. Delaney also earned points for the Cardinals in the 100-yard butterfly with a 15th-place finish and a time of 53.18.

Hanson was the Cardinals’ third competitor in the event, and moved up to 22nd position after qualifying as the last of the 24 individuals earning a spot in the 100-yard butterfly field. He registered a time of 54.32.

“He stood out with half-second time drop in his fly and a half-second time drop in his IM,” Niesen said of Aegerter.

Draves provided the highest individual showing for the Cardinals in the 500-yard freestyle, as he swam a season-best time of 4:36.11 to finish in second place, about two seconds shy of first-place finisher Connor Rumpit of Brookfield Central/East.

Two other Cardinals swam in individual races — Grelle finished 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.60, and Lengfeld swam to 20th place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.28.

Middleton also secured two top-eight finishes with its freestyle relays. The 200-yard relay quartet of Aegerter, junior Max Hollfelder, Zillner and Draves dropped nearly two seconds from their sectional seed time, and the final result of 1:28.74 garnered them eighth place in the meet.

The highest relay finish for the Cardinals came in the last event of the meet — the 400-yard free relay — as the foursome of Aegerter, Hollfelder, Delaney and Draves finished in 3:12.61, good enough for fifth place. That landed the Cardinals’ quartet on the podium, where the top six finishers in each event are recognized at the state meet.

Niesen said he was particularly happy to see Delaney break 48 seconds in his 100-yard freestyle split in the relay and register a time of 47.96.

“We finished very strong,” Niesen said.

Delaney said the meet should provide a solid boost to next year, when he returns for his final season of competition for the Cardinals.

“As a team, we all did really well,” Delaney said. “To swim a 47 in the relay — I was really happy with how I did.”



Team scores — 1, Madison Memorial 314; 2, Madison West 202; 3, Brookfield Central/East 174; 4, Eau Claire Memorial/North 146; 5, Franklin 132; 6, Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial 125; 7, Middleton 123; 8, Greenfield/Greendal/Pius 115; 9, Sun Prairie 102; 10, Arrowhead 85; 11, Verona/Mount Horeb 83; 12, Sauk Prairie/Lodi/Wis. Heights 76; 13, Appleton North/Appleton East 75; 14, Hudson 61; 15, Neenah 57; 16, Stevens Point 46; 17 (tie), Oregon/Belleville and Wauwatosa West/East 45; 19, Waunakee 43; 20, Muskego 42; 21, Kenosha Bradford/Reuther 37; 22, Holmen/Aquinas/Onalaska 34; 23 (tie), Milw. Marquette and West Bend East/West 33; 25, Kenosha Tremper 26; 26, Lake Geneva Badger/Big Foot/Westosha/West Bend/Wilmot 17; 27, Racine Horlick 14; 28, Waukesha North/Kettle Moraine/Pewaukee 10; 29 (tie), Janesville Parker, West Allis Central/Hale and Bay Port 7; 32, Sheboygan North 4; 33, Homestead and Wis. Rapids 2; 35, Kenosha Indian Trail 1.

Top individuals— 200 medley relay: 1, MM (Justin Temprano, Rory Sanchez, Ben Gebhart, Riley Patton), 1:33.89; 2, FRA (Justin Craig, Michael Fischer, Will Lennertz, James Kostrzewa), 1:36.39; 3, BC/E (Tomer Korabelnikov, Ben Attenberger, Connor Rumpit, Ryan Linnihan), 1:37.17; 4, GF/GD/PIUS (Ricky Davis, Isaac Jiardini, Tyler Lustig, Ben Davis), 1:37.27; 5, VER/MH (Bryce Angaran, Bryce Hoppe, Shane Rozeboom, Preston Vesely), 1:37.62; 6, SP/L/WH (Desmon Sachtjen, Owen Doerre, Ayden Frey, Ben Chao), 1:37.69; 7, HUD (Shane Blinkman, Cale Blinkman, Brandan Kalsow, Matthew Baker), 1:37.74; 8, ORE/BEL (Jacob Larsen, Eli Rule, Ian Charles, Jackson Marsden), 1:38.13.

200 freestyle: 1, Paul DeLakis, ECM/N, 1:36.10; 2, Danny Larson, TW/E, 1:40.87; 3, Garner Kohrell, AN/AE, 1:40.99; 4, Connor Rumpit, BC/E, 1:41.74; 5, Elliot Patterson, MM, 1:41.82; 6, Drake Horton, MM, 1:41.90; 7, Michael Draves, MID, 1:42.08; 8, Ben Davis, GF/GD/PIUS, 1:43.65.

200 individual medley: 1, Shane Blinkman, HUD, 1:49.86; 2, Justin Temprano, MM, 1:52.06; 3, Jackson Madonia, WAU, 1:54.20; 4, Ben Attenberger, BC/E, 1:54.34; 5, Rory Sanchez, MM, 1:54.86; 6, Maxwell Boehnlein, NEE, 1:55.46; 7, Ricky Davis, GF/GD/PIUS, 1:55.58; 8, Jacob Aegerter, MID, 1:55.95.

50 freestyle: 1, Calvin Hulse, HOL/A/O, 21.06; 2, Aidan Meara, MW, 21.20; 3, Luke Hetue, SP, 21.47; 4, Lain Weaver, MW, 21.48; 5, Ben harris, SPO, 21.66; 6, Joshua Thiry, SPR, 21.70; 7, Ryan Linnihan, BC/E, 21.77; 8, Conrad Farrell, WS/CM, 21.78.

100 butterfly: 1, Ivar Iverson, KB/R, 48.66; 2, Lain Weaver, MW, 49.02; 3, Garner Kohrell, AN/AE, 49.93; 4, Ben Gebhart, MM, 50.49; 5, Alex Wowk, MM, 51.21; 6, Tyler Lustig, GF/GD/PIUS, 51.68; 7, Ayden Frey, SP/L/WH, 51.75; 8, Ben Harris, SPO, 51.82.

100 freestyle: 1, Danny Larson, TW/E, 46.00; 2, Aidan Meara, MW, 46.36; 3, Elliot Patterson, MM, 46.46; 4, Conrad Farrell, WS/CM, 46.83; 5, Calvin Hulse, HOL/A/O, 47.18; 6, Ryan Linnihan, BC/Ee, 47.41; 7, Drake Horton, MM, 47.44; 8, Andrew Shane, LGB/BF/W/WB/WIL, 48.01.

500 freestyle: 1, Connor Rumpit, BC/E, 4:34.26; 2, Michael Draves, MID, 4:36.11; 3, Drew Borland, MUS, 4:39.93; 4, Ben Davis, GF/GD/PIUS, 4:40.43; 5, Roy Weng, MW, 4:43.33; 6, John Acevedo, WS/CM, 4:43.69; 7, Tyler Lustig, GF/GD/PIUS, 4:45.40; 8, Bryan Fitzgerald, WBE/W, 4:45.45.

200 freestyle relay: 1, MM (Drake Horton, Riley Patton, Elliot Patterson, Rory Sanchez), 1:26.63; 2, ECM/N (Sam Chumas, Ben Redman, Nathan Sims, Paul DeLakis), 1:26.79; 3, MW (Lain Weaver, Wes Jekel, Roy Weng, Aidan Meara), 1:26.89; 4, SP (Joshua Thiry, Kevin Rault, Jacob Brehmer, Luke Hetue), 1:27.33; 5, FRA (James Kostrzewa, Luke Gavronski, Michael Fischer, DJ Nowacki), 1:27.66; 6, WS/CM (Conrad Farrell, Nathan Carlson, Sam Wade, Jeremy Nagy), 1:28.39; 7, VER/MH (Preston Vesely, Shane Rozeboom, Bryce Hoppe, Jacob Wellnitz), 1:28.65; 8, MID (Jacob Aegerter, Max Hollfelder, Dean Zillner, Michael Draves), 1:28.74.

100 backstroke: 1, Justin Temprano, MM, 49.49; 2, Shane Blinkman, HUD, 50.44; 3, Alex Wowk, MM, 52.05; 4, Jackson Madonia, WAU, 52.37; 5, Tyler Wrasman, ARR, 52.45; 6, Ricky Davis, GF/GD/PIUS, 53.05; 7, Ayden Frey, SP/L/WH, 53.39; 8, Tomer Korabelnikov, BC/E, 53.55.

100 breaststroke: 1, Paul DeLakis, ECM/N, 54.81; 2, Ivar Iverson, KB/R, 55.57; 3, Maxwell Boehnlein, NEE, 57.94; 4, Ben Attenberger, BC/E, 58.20; 5, Michael Fischer, FRA, 58.63; 6, Ivan Couch, MUS, 58.82; 7, Luke Hetue, SPR, 58.86; 8, Rory Sanchez, MM, 59.07.

400 freestyle relay: 1, MM (Drake Horton, Alex Wowk, Justin Temprano, Elliot Patterson), 3:07.83; 2, ECM/N (Ben Redman, Andrew Vierbicher, Sam Chumas, Paul DeLakis), 3:08.84; 3, MW (Lain Weaver, Tyler Sato, Roy Weng, Aiden Meara), 3:10.83; 4, WS/CM (Conrad Farrell, Nathan Carlson, John Acevedo, Same Wade), 3:12.39; 5, MID (Jacob Aegerter, Luke Delaney, Max Hollfelder, Michael Draves), 3:12.61; 6, BC/E (Ryan Linnihan, Tomer Korabelnikov, Ben Attenberger, Connor Rumpit), 3:12.83; 7, SPR (Joshua Thiry, Kevin Rault, Jacob Brehmer, Luke Hetue), 3:14.14; 8, FRA (DJ Nowacki, Justin Craig, Will Lennertz, Luke Gavronski), 3:15.61.

Diving: 1, Brandon Spencer, KT, 501.90; 2, Dakota Skenandore, WBE/W, 490.55; 3, Matt Munns, MW, 475.10; 4, Matt Wilke, AN/AE, 466.40; 5, Joshua Yahr, AN/AE, 450.50; 6, Matt McMahon, ECM/N, 437.35; 7, Jack Zocher, MID, 426.30; 8, Evan Plummer, ECM/N, 424.55.



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