Middleton swimmers make a splash

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Rob Reischel
Chiara Pierobon Mays and Middleton’s girls swimming team enjoyed a sensational week./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team has never won a WIAA Division 1 state championship.

But the 2016 Cardinals seem determined to change that.

Middleton saw some of the state’s finest swimmers and top teams at last Saturday’s Waukesha South Invite. And the Cardinals showed that they just might be the team to beat at state come November.

Middleton won the star-studded invite, finishing with 349 points. Verona-Mount Horeb was second at 285, while Arrowhead (230), Waukesha South/Mukwonago (218) and Cedarburg (196) rounded out the top five.

“This meet featured the state's top teams in Verona, Arrowhead and Cedarburg and gave us some great competition — especially for our relays,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “The girls were challenged at a level they had not felt yet and I think they handled it very well.”

Middleton had winning performances up and down the lineup, especially with the relays.

The Cardinals’ quartet of Chiara Pierobon Mays, Alex Anagnostopoulos, Gabriela Pierobon Mays and Makenna Licking won the 200-yard medley relay.

Middleton’s foursome of Cora Mack, Licking, Caroline Hippen and Hannah Aegerter won the 200-yard freestyle relay. And Aegerter, Hippen, Gabriela Pierobon Mays and Mack finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Gabriela Pierobon Mays won the 100-yard butterfly, while Chiara Pierobon Mays was eighth. Gabriela Pierobon Mays also won the 100-yard backstroke, while Chiara Pierobon Mays was sixth.

Licking was third in the 100-yard freestyle, while Mack was fifth and Hippen was sixth. Aegerter was third in the 500-yard freestyle, while Elise Hokanson was eighth.

Aegerter was fourth in the 200-yard freestyle, while Hippen was sixth and Licking was seventh. Mack was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle, while Anagnostopoulos was eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke and Margaret McGill was 10th in the 200-yard IM.

“We remained composed throughout the meet and maintained the quiet confidence we have had all season, which was nice to see,” Cabalka said. “It was very exciting to walk out of there with another win, especially since it was a total team effort.”

Middleton also toppled Verona-Mount Horeb, 99-71, in a Big Eight Conference showdown last Friday. The Cardinals improved to 4-0 in the league and are now in the driver’s seat for a conference title.

Middleton’s wins came from Aegerter in the 200-yard IM and the 500-yard freestyle, Hippen in the 200-yard freestyle, Gabriela Pierobon Mays in the 100-yard butterfly, Mack in the 100-yard freestyle and Chiara Pierobon Mays in the 100-yard backstroke.

Middleton also won all three relays.

Chiara Pierobon Mays, Anagnostopoulos, Gabriela Pierobon Mays and Licking captured the 200-yard medley relay.

Gabriela Pierobon Mays, Aegerter, Hippen and Mack won the 200-yard freestyle relay. And Aegerter, Hippen, Licking and Mack won the 400-yard freestyle relay.

“As has been the story the past couple of years, this was the biggest challenge we would face in our conference this season,” Cabalka said. “We knew Verona was just as good as they have been in the past based on what we saw at the Brookfield Invite the weekend before. They have a deeply talented team and some really great relay teams, so we had to come at them with our very best line-up. 

“Despite feeling fairly run down, the girls delivered a solid performance from start to finish. We were able to win all three relays and take third in all three relays, which yields a lot of points in a dual meet. I think this meet gave the girls some confidence in areas where it was maybe lacking before and set us up nicely for the Waukesha Invite the following day.”

 

Sept. 17

BLACKSHIRT INVITATIONAL

Team scores — 1, Middleton 349; 2, Verona /Mount Horeb 285; 3, Arrowhead 230; 4, Waukesha South /Mukwonago 218; 5, Cedarburg 196; 6, Brookfield Central 179; 7, Madison West 171; 8, Waukesha West /Catholic Memorial 131; 9, Muskego 126; 10, Hartford Union 110; 11, Wausau East 74; 12, Kenosha Tremper 32; 13, New Berlin West 24; 14, Madison La Follette 20; 15, Brookfield Academy 15.

Event winners — 200 yard medley relay: MID (Chiara Pierobon Mays, Alex Anagnostopoulos, Gabriela Pierobon Mays, Makenna Licking), 1:48.77. 200 freestyle: Abby Cabush, ARR, 1:54.53. 200 individual medley: Lillie Hosack, CED, 2:06.68.50 free: Gwen Gustafson, BC, 24.13. 100 butterfly: G. Pierobon Mays, MID, 56.87.100free: Skylar Fore, CED, 52.88. 500 free: Kaitie Scanlan, WSM, 5:07.52.200 freerelay: MID (Cora Mack, Licking, Carolina Hippen, Hannah Aegerter), 1:38.69.100 backstroke: G. Pierobon Mays, MID, 57.07. 100 breaststroke: Grace Bennin, VMH, 1:06.18. 400 free relay: CED (Hosack, Maya Novack, Erika Remington, Fore), 3:34.11.

 

Sept. 16

MIDDLETON 99, VERONA 71

200 medley relay — Middleton (C. Pierobon Mays, Anagnostopoulos, G. Pierobon Mays, Licking), 1:49.89. 200 freestyle — Hippen, M, 1:58.3. 200 individual medley — Aegerter, M, 2:11.97. 50 freestyle — Bennin, V, :24.24. 100 butterfly — Pierobon Mays, :57.44. 100 freestyle — Mack, M, :53.91. 500 freestyle — Aegerter, M, 5:14.35. 200 freestyle relay — Middleton (Pierobon Mays, Aegerter, Hippen, Mack), 1:38.84. 100 backstroke — Pierobon Mays, M, 1:02.51. 100 breaststroke — Bennin, V, 1:07.13. 400 freestyle — Middleton (Aegerter, Hippen, Licking, Mack), 3:39.44.

 

 

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