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Rob Reischel
Chiara Pierobon-Mays and Middleton's girls swimming team routed Madison West on Sept. 1./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

They are a juggernaut.

A crushing force. A picture of both power and strength.

Middleton’s girls swimming team — the WIAA Division 1 defending state champions — appears to have another title team on their hands in 2017.

The Cardinals rolled over a solid Madison West team, 125-45, last Thursday. Middleton improved to 2-0 with the meat of its schedule coming in the weeks ahead.

“This meet was another great opportunity for us to swim against a good team and some fast swimmers,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “We set the bar pretty high after our first dual meet and we stressed the importance of striving to stay there this week. 

“As a team, we talked about the little things we could focus on throughout the week and the girls did a great job of maintaining that focus.”

Middleton’s three relay teams all took first place.

The quartet of Gabriela Pierobon-Mays, Ally Silvestri, Chiara Pierobon Mays and Cora Mack won the 200-yard medley relay. Mack, Hannah Aegerter, Makenna Licking and Caroline Hippen teamed up to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.

And the foursome of Aegerter, Caroline Hippen, Licking and Gabriela Pierobon-Mays won the 400-yard freestyle relay.

“We had a great showing from all three relays, which is really our bread and butter when you put us up against the rest of the state,” Cabalka said. “Our depth of talent is really showcased there. It's just so rare to have all three relays able to compete for conference and state titles. 

Aegerter, Licking and Hippen went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle, while Silverstri, Emily Keebler and Bella Chirafisi were first, second and third, respectively, in the 200-yard IM.

Aegerter, Licking and Chirafisi went 1-2-3 in the 500-yard freestyle, while Silvestri, Alex Anagnostopoulos and Sarah Wood captured the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Mack was first in the 50-yard freestyle and Berkley Smith was third. Mack also won the 100-yard freestyle, while Hippen was second and Smith was third.

Gabriela Pierobon-Mays won the 100-yard backstroke, and Kaitlyn Peters and Chiara Pierobon Mays were second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly,

“This was a great way to end our pre-season training and will set us up for some pretty big goals as we head into the school year,” Cabalka said.

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