Swimmers win Brookfield East Invite

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Rob Reischel
Hannah Aegerter and Middleton's girls swimming team won the Brookfield East Invite./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls swimming team has always loved the Brookfield East Invitational.

The Cardinals have never been shy expressing their fondness for the high-level meet.

And there was plenty to love last Saturday.

Defending state champion Middleton steamrolled a gifted field and cruised to the championship at the 12-team meet. The Cardinals finished with 552 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Verona/Mount Horeb (352). Sun Prairie (331.5), Madison Edgewood (248) and Homestead (209) rounded out the top five.

“The first invite is always exciting,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “This year, even more so because of the newness of our team. We really wanted to showcase who our team is and emphasize the depth of talent we have.”

The Cardinals did exactly that, with terrific performances up and down the lineup.

Middleton had sensational performances from its relay teams, despite standout C.J. Hippen missing the meet due to a college visit.

Junior Cora Mack, junior Hannah Aegerter, sophomore Berkley Smith and junior Makenna Licking combined to win the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.71). Middleton’s ‘B’ relay team of freshman Kaitlyn Peters, freshman Hailey Barrett, junior Grace Madigan and freshman Bella Chirafisi were also sixth (1:42.56).

The Cardinals’ quartet of Aegerter, Licking, Mack and sophomore Gabriela Pierobon Mays won the 400-yard freestyle relay. And Middleton’s ‘B’ team of Chirafisi, Madigan, Peters and freshman Madelyn Lawn was fourth.

And the Cardinals’ quartet of Gabriela Pierobon Mays, freshman Ally Silvestri, senior Chiara Pierobon Mays and Smith was second in the 200-yard medley relay.

“Our relays were mixed up a bit,” Cabalka said. “But the girls stepped up huge, especially our B relays — and scored some big points.”

The Cardinals had several other standout performances, as well.

Aegerter and Licking went 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle, while Mack won the 100-yard freestyle, Lawn was eighth and Smith was ninth.

Aegerter won the 500-yard freestyle, Licking was fourth, Chirafisi was eighth and Madigan was ninth. Gabriela Pierobon Mays won the 100-yard backstroke, Chiara Pierobon Mays was seventh and junior Emily Keebler was ninth.

Sophomore Gabriela Pierobon Mays was second in the 100-yard butterfly, Peters was fourth and Chiara Pierobon Mays was ninth. Silvestri was third in the 100-yard breaststroke, Alex Anagnostopoulos was fourth and junior Sarah Wood was ninth.

Silvestri was fifth in the 200-yard IM, while Anagnostopoulos was seventh, Keebler was eighth and Chirafisi was 10th. Mack was sixth in the 50-yard freestyle, while Smith was eighth and Lawn was 10th.

“We got off to a bit of a bumpy start and the girls showed a little bit of distress, but they pulled it together and turned things around for the second half,” Cabalka said. “I was proud of the way we ended the meet. This meet exposed some strengths and some areas for improvement and I'm looking forward to setting some new goals with the girls next week.”

Middleton also rolled past Janesville Craig, 136-34, last Friday.

The Cardinals’ quartet of Chiara Pierobon-Mays, Keebler, Aegerter and Licking won the 200-yard medley. Middleton’s foursome of Gabriela Pierobon Mays, Peters, Chirafisi and Smith won the 200-yard freestyle relay. And Licking, Chirafisi, Smith and Lawn combined to win the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Mack, junior Alexis Barrett and Gabriela Pierobon-Mays went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle, while Aegerter won the 200-yard IM and junior Amaya Berge was third. Licking, Chiara Pierobon Mays and freshman Sarah Foley were first, second and third, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle, while Keebler won the 100-yard butterfly and Madigan was third.

Licking won the 100-yard freestyle, while Chirafisi and freshman Hailey Barrett were second and third, respectively. Silvestri, Peters and Berge went 1-2-3 in the 500-yard freestyle, while Chiara Pierobon Mays, Peters and Lawn were first, second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke.

Keebler, Aegerter and Mack also went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

“This was a nice way for the girls to end their first week back at school,” Cabalka said. “It is a difficult transition to make, going from summer mode and a few weeks of only having to focus on their training, to full days in school desks and now having to balance it all. 

“We definitely looked more tired than usual, but the girls still swam well and did what they needed to do. I am impressed with their ability to push through whatever they are feeling rather than using it as an excuse to not perform to their ability. If we can keep doing that throughout the ups and downs of the season, we will be in good shape.”


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