Swimmers second at Big Eight meet

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Rob Reischel
Middleton senior Andrew Martin won a pair of races at the Big Eight Conference meet last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

So much for pre-meet seedings.

Middleton’s boys swimming team — the No. 2 team in the state — was predicted to lose by 60 points to top-ranked Madison West at the Big Eight Conference meet based strictly on seedings.

But that’s why they swim the meet.

Middleton gave a sensational performance and nearly stunned the No. 1 Regents last Saturday. Madison West held on for a 554.5-543 win over the Cardinals in a meet held at Beloit Memorial High School.

“Being able to close that gap as much as we did was a huge accomplishment,” Middleton coach Danny Lynam said.

It sure was.

The Cardinals got a bevy of terrific performances from up and down the lineup.

Middleton senior standout Andrew Martin had a huge day, winning the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Martin finished the 200 in 1:42.76 to narrowly defeat West’s Wes Jekel (1:42.87). In the 500, Martin’s time of 4:46.30 was more than 12 seconds faster than Verona-Mount Horeb’s Aidan Updegrove (4:58.59).

“Andrew started us off well with touching out Wes Jekel in the 200 freestyle,” Lynam said. “Wes is a talented kid and Andrew was nervous, but confident going into the race.

“We reviewed a lot of race strategy, and made sure he swam his own race instead of trying to chase Wes. Andrew set it up perfectly and was able to come out with a win. The 500 was also a good swim for him, and a good chance to try some things we had been working on.”

Junior Nathan Kim won the 200-yard IM, finishing in 1:56.76 to easily outdistance runner-up Charlie Feller of Madison West (1:59.23). Kim was also second in the 100-yard butterfly (51.80), right on the heels of West’s Constantin Bensch (51.66).

“Nathan had a solid 200 IM, even with limited competition, and continued to be consistent in the 100 fly,” Lynam said.

Lynam felt his team had a chance to catch and pass the Regents if they won at least one of the three relays. And while Middleton swam well with two second place finishes and a third, West won all three relays.

Middleton’s quartet of senior Archer Parkin, Kim, junior Nate Lamers and junior Calvin Roberts was second in the 200-yard medley relay.

The Cardinals quartet of Kim, senior Blake Zillner, Martin and junior Forrest Peterson was second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. And Parkin, Lamers, Martin and Peterson combined to finish third in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

“We knew we needed to win at least one of the three relays if we wanted to make it close,” Lynam said. “We had two opportunities — in the medley when the West backstroker slipped off the start, and in the 200 free as we have been just behind them all season. Unfortunately, we weren't able to capitalize in either race which would have made the difference.”

Several other Cardinals had big days.

Peterson was third in the 200-yard freestyle and senior Mathew Gutzmer was ninth. Peterson was also third in the 100-yard butterfly, while Lamers was fifth and junior Jay Sullivan was eighth.

Zillner was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke, while junior Sam Larsen was seventh. Junior Nick Hinz was fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, while Parker and Zillner tied for sixth and Roberts was 10th.

Roberts was sixth in the 50-yard freestyle, while Parkin was seventh, Lamers was eighth and Hinz was ninth. Gutzmer was seventh in the 500 freestyle, freshman Venden Berge was eighth in the 200-yard IM and senior Jack Mondi was ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Middleton now hosts a sectional Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The state meet is Feb. 16 at the UW-Natatorium.

“We are in a good place,” Lynam said. “Our JV conference and varsity conference squads have both built up momentum for us. Everyone has dropped time for their taper swims and everyone is looking forward to swimming fast.

“We had some jitters coming off of all those missed days of school, but they got their feel for the water and confidence back quickly once we started racing. We have done everything up to this point to have the fastest postseason possible. Now it is a matter of resting and finding every last bit of speed we can.”


Feb. 2

Big Eight Conference meet

Team scores: Madison West 554.5, Middleton 543, Madison Memorial 383, Verona/Mount Horeb 297, Sun Prairie 283.5, Beloit Memorial 124, Janesville Parker 49, Madison East 35, Janesville Craig 24, Madison La Follette 4.

200 medley relay — 1, Madison West (Weiss, Miller, Bensch, Feller), 1:36.91; 2, Middleton (Parkin, Kim, Lamers, Roberts), 1:37.83; 3, Middleton (Zillner, Mondi, Sullivan, Collier), 1:39.52; 4, Verona/Mount Horeb (S. Rozeboom, N. Rozeboom, Rothamer, Hoppe), 1:40.64; 5, Madison Memorial (Simon, Kaldor, Bennett, Plautz), 1:42.65.

200 freestyle — 1, Martin, MI, 1:42.76; 2, Jekel, MW, 1:42.87; 3, Peterson, MI, 1:45.32; 4, Bensch, MW, 1:45.49; 5, Updegrove, VMH, 1:47.50.

200 individual medley — 1, Kim, MI, 1:56.76; 2, Feller, MW, 1:59.23; 3, Miller, MW, 2:00.02; 4, Weiss, MW, 2:01.59; 5, Brehmer, SP, 2:02.17.

50 freestyle — 1, Wiegand, SP, :21.54; 2, Casey-Hrenak, MW, :21.55; 3, S. Rozeboom, VMH, :21.77; 4, Roggenbauer, SP, :21.98; 5, Gonring, MM, :22.05.

100 butterfly — 1, Bensch, MW, :51.66; 2, Kim, MI, :51.80; 3, Peterson, MI, :53.00; 4, Best, VMH, :53.03; 5, Lamers, MI, :53.46.

100 freestyle — 1, Jekel, MW, :46.65; 2, Roggenbauer, SP, :47.35; 3, S. Rozeboom, VMH, :47.57; 4, Fernandez, MW, :49.08; 5, Hinz, MI, :49.53.

500 freestyle — 1, Martin, MI, 4:46.30; 2, Updegrove, VMH, 4:58.39; 3, McKinnon, MM, 4:59.57; 4, Plagge, SP, 5:00.61; 5, Werwie, SP, 5:02.45.

200 freestyle relay — 1, Madison West (Casey-Hrenak, Fernandez, Feller, Jekel), 1:25.66; 2, Sun Prairie (Roggenbauer, Braatz, Brehmer, Wiegand), 1:26.00; 3, Middleton (Parkin, Lamers, Martin, Peterson), 1:26.53; 4, Verona/Mount Horeb (Hoppe, Best, S. Rozeboom, Updegrove), 1:28.55; 5, Middleton (Hinz, Sullivan, Ronneburg, Collier), 1:28.99.

100 backstroke — 1, Weiss, MW, :53.02; 2, Casey-Hrenak, MW, :54.46; 3, Brehmer, SP, :55.66; 4, Zillner, MI, :56.20; 5, Barber, MW, :56.62.

100 breaststroke — 1, Feller, MW, :59.45; 2, Wiegand, SP, :59.89; 3, Miller, MW, :59.90; 4, Bell, MM, 1:02.47; 5, Dong, MW, 1:02.53.

400 freestyle relay — 1, Madison West (Casey-Hrenak, Fernandez, Bensch, Jekel), 3:08.71; 2, Middleton (Kim, Zillner, Martin, Peterson), 2:11.93; 3, Madison West (Weygandt, Barber, Weiss, Dong), 3:19.95; 4, Middleton (Hinz, Gutzmer, Roenneburg, Roberts), 3:20.54; 5, Madison Memorial (Gonring, Drake, Gillman, Tucker-Jones), 3:20.75.




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