Girls swimmers win Big 8 title

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Rob Reischel
Alex Anagnostopoulos helped Middleton clinch at least a share of the Big Eight Conference title last week./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The sports programs at Middleton High School rival any in the state.

Week to week, month to month, it seems another conference, sectional or state champion is being crowned.

But even inside Middleton itself, a gold standard exists.

And that is the girls swimming program.

The Cardinals rolled past Madison East, 135-35, last Thursday and clinched at least a share of their eighth straight Big Eight Conference championship. Middleton can clinch the outright championship with a win over Madison Memorial this week.

“It is a huge accomplishment, especially for our senior class who has gone 35-1 in dual meets and been a part of the Big Eight championship each of their four years,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “We are incredibly proud of the tradition we have built and value the commitment and leadership we get year after year from these girls. It has been quite a ride.”

Middleton kept its championship tradition rolling with an easy win over the Purgolders.

Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Emily Keebler, Sarah Wood, Ally Silvestri and Hannah Aegerter finished first, while the quartet of Norah Martin, Anna Thomley, Grace Madigan and Kaitlyn Peters was second.

The Cardinals’ foursome of Aegerter, Makenna Licking, Caroline Hippen and Chiara Pierobon-Mays won the 200-yard freestyle relay, while the quartet of Bella Chirafisi, Gabriela Pierobon-Mays, Cora Mack and Silvestri was second.

Middleton’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Keebler, Madelyn Lawn, Mack and Chirafisi was first, while the quartet of Silvestri, Wood, Nicole McCue and Madigan was second.

Gabriela Pierobon-Mays won the 200-yard freestyle and Alex Anagnostopoulos was second, while Licking, Martin and Hailey Barrett went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard IM.

Hippen, Chiara Pierobon-Mays and McCue went 1-2-3 in the 50-yard freestyle, while Aegerter, Keebler and Alexis Barrett were first, second and third, respectively in the 100-yard butterfly.

Hippen, Kaitlyn Peters and Madigan went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard freestyle, while Chirafisi, Lawn and Mack were first, second and third in the 500-yard freestyle.

Silvestri won the 100-yard backstroke and Thomley was third, while Keebler won the 100-yard breaststroke and Amaya Berge was third.

“This was a nice meet for us,” Cabalka said. “The girls swam well and were in good spirits. We have had a somewhat crazy schedule this season — a lot of meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as opposed to the traditional Friday meets, but the girls have adjusted well each time. We are in a good place as we head into our final meet of the season.”

• On deck: Middleton hosted Madison Memorial on Tuesday. The Big Eight Conference meet is Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Beloit Memorial.

 

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