Swimmers third at conference meet

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Rob Reischel
Andrew Martin and Middleton's swimming team finished third at the Big Eight Conference meet on Feb. 3./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Many expected the Big Eight Conference boys swimming and diving meet to be a lopsided affair dominated by Madison West.

The powerful Regents did win the meet held Feb. 3 at Beloit Memorial High School. But it was anything but lopsided.

Both Madison Memorial and Middleton made the Regents sweat, before West prevailed in a thrilling affair.

The Regents won the meet with 597 points, while Madison Memorial was second at 542.5. Middleton finished third with 514.5 points, while Verona-Mount Horeb (208) and Sun Prairie (182) rounded out the top five.

“Everyone was pretty confident West was going to run away with the meet, so it was fun that it was close between us, Memorial, and West,” Middleton coach Danny Lynam said. “At the end of the day you have to hand it to Memorial that they came in and earned that second place. They worked hard for it. We certainly look forward to racing them again next weekend.”

Middleton senior standout Michael Draves won the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard yard freestyle despite missing some time last week with an illness.

“It was also good for Michael to come away with wins in the 200 and 500 after battling with the fever a few days prior,” Lynam said.

Cardinals junior Andrew Martin was also second in the 500-yard freestyle and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. Middleton freshman Joe McNerney added a second place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.

Cardinals sophomore Nathan Kim was second in the 200-yard IM and senior Sam Young was third. Middleton junior Archer Parkin was second in the 50-yard freestyle, while sophomore Nate Lamers was ninth and senior Jack Wilson was 10th.

Kim was third in the 100-yard butterfly, while Lamers was fifth and sophomore Forrest Peterson was sixth. Junior Blake Zillner was sixth in the 100-yard freestyle and sophomore Calvin Roberts was eighth.

Parkin was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke, Zillner was sixth and Peterson was eighth. Junior Jack Mondi was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke and senior Sam Young was eighth, while freshman Alex Starr was fifth in the one-meter diving.

Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Parkin, Young, Kim and Peterson was third.

The Cardinals’ quartet of Zillner, Lamers, Martin and Draves was also third.

And Middleton’s foursome of Lamers, Kim, Young and Draves was fourth.

“We showed up knowing every single swim was going to make a difference and we gave it everything we had,” Lynam said. “Our guys who tapered for conference swam fantastic. Almost all of them dropped time and their were a lot of personal bests.

“Our three seniors who finished their season on Saturday — Jacob Trepczyk, Tim Utter, and Jack Wilson — all had great swims and helped keep the energy of the team up. Nathan Kim also had a great swim in the 200 IM.”

• On deck: Middleton will be the Beloit Memorial Sectional Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

“It was really beneficial  for all the guys going back to Beloit for sectionals next week to get some races in that pool,” Lynam said. “I know walls were a big issue for some, across all teams.”

 

BIG EIGHT CONFERENCE MEET

At Beloit

TEAM SCORES

Madison West 597, Madison Memorial 542.5, Middleton 514.5, Verona-Mount Horeb 208, Sun Prairie 182, Beloit Memorial 123, Janesville Parker 39, Madison East 36, Janesville Craig 23

INDIVIDUAL AND RELAY CHAMPIONS AND TOP CITY FINISHERS

200 medley relay—West 1:34.02; 13. Parker 1:50.08

200 freestyle—Michael Draves (Mid) 1:45.03; 26. Michael Easton (JP) 2:02.27

200 individual medley—Lain Weaver (MW) 1:56.83; 20. Cameron Odegaard (JP) 2:13.58

50 freestyle—Shane Rozeboom (Ver) 21.84; 18. Ethan Griffith (JP) 24.23

100 butterfly—Alex Wowk (MM) 51.37; 21. Garrett Leach (JP) 59.55

100 freestyle—Weaver 46.22; 20. Griffth 53.96

500 freestyle—Draves 4:50.21; 12. Kiel Wolff (JC) 5:09.50

200 free relay—Madison Memorial 1:27.46; 12. Craig 1:40.88

100 backstroke—Wes Jekel (MW) 50.96; 14. Leach 59.78

100 breaststroke—Henry Miller (MW) 58.50; 18. Callaghan Bradley (JC) 1:06.20

400 free relay—Madison West 3:10.27; 11. Parker 3:34.48

 

 

 

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