Middleton swims to second at state

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Gregg Hammill/For the Times-Tribune
Andrew Martin was fired up after winning the 500-yard freestyle at the WIAA Division 1 state swimming meet last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Like two heavyweights, Middleton and Madison West took each other’s best shots. Back and forth they went until the Regents finally pulled away late at last Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state meet held at the UW Natatorium.

But, while West went on to win the decision, 314-257, the Cardinals certainly had their moments on their way to a second straight runner-up state finish.

One of those came from Middleton’s foursome of senior Archer Parkin, junior Nate Lamers, senior Andrew Martin and junior Forrest Peterson, who won the 200-yard freestyle relay in a state record time of one minute, 23.12 seconds.

“That was a pretty incredible race,” Martin said. “I was so excited, everyone was just swimming lights out. You could tell we wanted it so bad.

“Forrest coming home, bringing it, really blasted the last split. Nate Lamers, Archer Parkin had incredible swims. That was one of my favorite relays that I’ve ever been on. To have that state record it’s very, very exciting and it’s just a testament to how hard everyone on that relay’s been working this season.”

The fact the Cardinals beat out West, which also broke the state record, made the victory even sweeter.

“That was one of the ones we were going for,” Middleton coach Danny Lynam said. “We’ve kind of been running neck and neck with them all season, back and forth and we really wanted to get that one and the guys went out and got it.”

Lamers agreed.

“We barely missed the state record at sectionals,” he said. “We were really shooting for that state record. We were pretty sure we had the first place down. I saw my split, I saw Andrew’s split and I just knew that we had it. It was just a fun moment, not only winning, but also to get a state record.”

Middleton beat out Sauk Prairie/Wisconsin Heights’ 2009 record of 1:24.32. West finished in 1:23.68.

The relay performance helped Middleton finish second for the third time in school history. The others came in 2000 and 2018.

“We swam as fast as we’d hoped,” Middleton coach Danny Lynam said. “We had a great sectional meet. Sometimes it’s really nerve-wracking to have a really good sectional, you’re not quite sure if you can repeat it at state and the guys just blew it out of the water. They just kept dropping times, kept getting faster and it was a great meet for us.”

While the Cardinals were hoping for a first-place finish, especially after dropping a 384.0-383.5 thriller to West at the Middleton Sectional, there was no disappointment.

“We were hoping for first, but honestly, all of us swam so well,” Martin said. “I couldn’t have hoped for anything better for the boys. We know we gave our hearts for that race, every single one of those races, and it just so happened that West also did. I’m very proud of the boys, I’m not sad at all that we got second. We did everything that we possibly could. We worked so hard.”

“They’re a great team,” Lamers said of West. “Hopefully we can come back next year and maybe go for that first place spot, but I think right now, I’m happy with what we got.”

After West and Middleton, Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial was a distant third with 161 points. Franklin (157.0) and Brookfield Central/East (131.50) rounded out the top five.

“We had great races all around,” Lamers said. “It was just a lot of fun.”

Martin provided another highlight when he came from behind to capture the 500-yard freestyle in 4:31.12. Martin was running a close third behind Drew Harris of Stevens Point and Caleb Blischke of Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial when he passed both swimmers making the turn for the final 150 yards.

“I don’t know what it was,” Martin said. “My emotions and my adrenaline just overcame me. I knew it was my last ever race with the team and I just wanted to put as many points on the board for my boys as I could.

“Being a state champion was probably the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me. I never in a million years expected that. The boys at Middleton have just pushed me so hard. I wanted to win it for them and I was just so happy when it happened.”

Martin, who will swim at Xavier next season, was seeded second in the event, nearly four seconds behind Harris’ qualifying time.

“(Martin) kind of struggled to put that race together all season,” Lynam said. “I wasn’t sure if he went out too fast right away or what was going on. We were kind of egging him on and all of a sudden he just popped off at the end there. That was a great race for him.”

Middleton actually led West, 218-199, through nine events after Martin won the 500-yard freestyle and the Cardinals won the 200-yard freestyle back-to-back. However, the Regents were loaded in the next two events with two qualifiers apiece in the final heats of the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard breaststroke. West outscored the Cardinals, 56-5, in those events to clinch the meet heading into the final event of the day – the 400-yard freestyle relay.

“We’re a real front-heavy team,” Lynam said. “We come out hard the first half and then they finish harder than we do, so it doesn’t work too well for us.”

Martin added a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.75 leading a contingent of three Middleton swimmers in the event. Also in the 200-yard freestyle, Peterson made the podium with a sixth-place finish in 1:42.43 and sophomore Joe McNerney was 15th in 1:46.77.

Junior Nathan Kim rallied to finish second in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:50.98. Kim was trailing Desmon Sachtjen of Sauk Prairie co-op until the freestyle portion of the race.

“My breaststroke isn’t the best, so I had to make a move in my freestyle,” Kim said. “It was just a great swim for me. I’m proud of it.”

Kim also added a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly in 50.16, just ahead of teammate Lamers who was eighth in 50.38.

Middleton had three competitors apiece in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle events. In the 50-yard freestyle, Parkin finished eighth in 21.05, Lamers was 12th in 21.28, and junior Calvin Roberts was 19th in 21.87. In the 100-yard freestyle, senior Blake Zillner was seventh in 46.78, Peterson was eighth in 46.97, and Parkin was ninth in 47.03.

Zillner was also 12th in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.20 and McNerney was 20th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.52.

Middleton’s team of Zillner, Kim, Martin and Peterson finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:05.33. West’s relay team won the event in a state record time of 3:02.24.

The Cardinals’ squad of Parkin, senior Jack Mondi, Kim and Lamers took third in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:33.78. West’s relay team also won the event in a state record 1:30.83.

Lamers enjoyed facing off against West to open the meet in the 200-yard medley relay.

“That was a fun one to start the meet because West’s relays are so good,” Lamers said. “Racing them right off the bat, you know what you’re getting into the rest of the meet.”

Middleton junior diver Isaac Roush earned an 11th-place finish with a finals score of 363.55.

While Middleton will lose Martin, Parkin, Zillner and Mondi to graduation, there is optimism about the future.

“Everyone else is coming back,” Martin said. “It’s going to be great. We have such young talent and I only see them continuing to get better because every single one of them is such a hard worker. They may be talented, but they work for it too and that’s what sets us apart. We’re going to continue to have that high work ethic. It’s just awesome to see the boys work so hard.”

Kim agreed with Martin.

“Some of us will be back next year and we can be even better hopefully, but this year, we all put in so much work it just showed it all paid off at the end,” Kim said. “It was great.”

 

WIAA BOYS SWIMMING | 2019 DIVISION 1 STATE MEET RESULTS

WIAA STATE MEET

DIVISION 1

Team scores: Madison West 314, Middleton 257, Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial 161, Franklin 157, Brookfield Central/East 131.50, Sun Prairie 118, Hartland Arrowhead 112, Hudson 106, Verona/Mount Horeb 95, Greenfield co-op 82, Muskego 78, Eau Claire Memorial/North 75, Madison Memorial 59.5, Stevens Point 59, Schofield D.C. Everest 58, Bay Port 55.5, Appleton North/East 49, Sheboygan North 46, Waukesha North co-op 45, Green Bay Southwest co-op 43, Milwaukee Marquette 37, Sauk Prairie co-op 31, Menomonee Falls co-op 20, West Bend East/West 18, Hartford Union/Slinger 14.5, Racine Case 14, Kenosha Indian Trail 13, Waunakee 13, Chippewa Falls 12, Milwaukee King co-op 11, Sheboygan South 11, Homestead 10, Neenah 7, Oshkosh West 6, Appleton West/Kimberly 4, Beloit Memorial 2.

State placewinners

Diving — 1, Rumpit, Brookfield Central, 486.55; 2, Konle, Marquette, 476.65; 3, Bennett, Madison Memorial, 456.05; 4, Kleczka, Franklin, 453.70; 5, McCray, Racine Case, 404.30; 6, St. John, Franklin, 392.05; 7, Koller, Arrowhead, 383.90; 8, Kovacic, Sheboygan South, 370.20; 9, Browne, Brookfield Central, 366.05; 10, Dienhart, West Bend East, 365.35; 11, Roush, Middleton, 363.55; 12, Kajer, Eau Claire Memorial, 358.45; 13, O’Brien, Appleton West, 348; 14, Stimson, Menomonee Falls, 342.35; 15, Crim, Hudson, 337.15; Bell, Memorial, 327.45.

200 medley relay — 1, Madison West (Weiss, Miller, Jekel, Feller), 1:30.83 (state meet record); 2, Waukesha South, 1:33.69; 3, Middleton (Parkin, Mondi, Kim, Lamers), 1:33.78; 4, Hudson, 1:34.21; 5, Arrowhead, 1:34.26; 6, Appleton North, 1:35.14; 7, D.C. Everest, 1:36.27; 8, Eau Claire Memorial, 1:36.65; 9, Muskego, 1:36.73; 10, Bay Port, 1:37.43; 11, Menomonee Falls, 1:38.24; 12, Marquette, 1:38.28; 13, Sheboygan North, 1:38.78; 14, Green Bay Southwest, 1:39.01; 15, Sun Prairie (Sullivan, Werwie, Anhalt, Braatz), 1:39.17; 16, Madison Memorial (Ja. Jensen, Bell, Jo. Jensen, Ketarkus), 1:39.61.

200 freestyle — 1, Linnihan, Brookfield Central, 1:39; 2, Martin, Middleton, 1:39.75; 3, Blischke, Waukesha South, 1:40.98; 4, Bensch, Madison West, 1:41.10; 5, Harris, Stevens Point, 1:41.27; 6, Peterson, Middleton, 1:42.43; 7, Casey, Madison West, 1:42.85; 8, Lennertz, Franklin, 1:43.68; 9, Updegrove, Verona/Mount Horeb, 1:44.76; 10, Franz, Stevens Point, 1:44.83; 11, Esterle, Waukesha South, 1:44.89; 12, Werwie, Sun Prairie, 1:45.78; 13, Johnson, Kenosha Indian Trail, 1:46.08; 14, Teplin, Homestead, 1:46.11; 15, McNerney, Middleton, 1:46.77; 16, Millette, Waukesha North, 1:46.79.

200 individual medley — 1, Blinkman, Hudson, 1:46.99; 2, Kim, Middleton, 1:50.98; 3, Sachtjen, Sauk Prairie, 1:52.80; 4, Gabbey, Muskego, 1:53.92; 5, Feller, Madison West, 1:54.71; 6, Miller, Madison West, 1:55.91; 7, Weiss, Madison West, 1:55.96; 8, Murphy, Arrowhead, 1:56.69; 9, Braunschweig, Arrowhead, 1:57.78; 10, Baertlein, Waukesha South, 1:58.96; 11, Tuschl, Waunakee, 1:59.2; 12, Vinson, Waunakee, 1:59.29; 13, Lustig, Greenfield, 1:59.51; 14, Smith, Brookfield Central, 1:59.58; 15, Halambeck, D.C. Everest, 1:59.61; 16, Brehmer, Sun Prairie, 1:59.67.

50 freestyle — 1, Hayon, Sheboygan North, :20.76; 2, Kostrzewa, Franklin, :20.82; 3, Neverman, Green Bay Southwest, :20.84; 4, Carlson, Waukesha South, :20.85; 5, Perez, Greenfield, :20.86; 6, Wiegand, Sun Prairie, :20.91; 7, Rozeboom, Verona/Mount Horeb, :20.96; 8, Parkin, Middleton, :21.05; 9 (tie), Wiedoff, Waukesha North, and Neitzel, D.C. Everest, :21.18; 11, Roggenbauer, Sun Prairie, :21.23; 12, Lamers, Middleton, :21.28; 13, Craig, Franklin, :21.30; 14, Hawley, Bay Port, :21.48; 15 (tie), Webb, Hartford Union, and Gonring, Madison Memorial, :21.49.

100 butterfly — 1, Jekel, Madison West, :48.14; 2, Nixdorf, Arrowhead, :48.5; 3, Bensch, Madison West, :48.59; 4, Neverman, Green Bay Southwest, :48.62; 5, Hayon, Sheboygan North, :49.37; 6, Bork, Appleton North, :50.07; 7, Kim, Middleton, :50.16; 8, Lamers, Middleton, :50.16; 9, Wiedoff, Waukesha North, :50.45; 10, Teplin, Homestead, :50.8; 11, Neitzel, D.C. Everest, :50.95; 12, Best, Verona/Mount Horeb, :51.21; 13, Vieth, Eau Claire Memorial, :51.32; 14, Scanlan, Waukesha South, :51.89; 15, Millette, Waukesha North, :52.39; 16, Tuschl, Waunakee, :52.83.

100 freestyle — 1, Linnihan, Brookfield Central, :44.94; 2, Kostrzewa, Franklin, :45.39; 3, Casey, Madison West, :45.61; 4, Craig, Franklin, :46.13; 5, Roggenbauer, Sun Prairie, :46.42; 6, Perez, Greenfield, :46.45; 7, Zillner, Middleton, :46.78; 8, Peterson, Middleton, :46.97; 9, Parkin, Middleton, :47.03; 10, Fernandez, Madison West, :47.8; 11, Hower, Eau Claire Memorial, :47.97; 12, Franz, Stevens Point, :48.03; 13 (tie), Korabelnikov, Brookfield Central, and Hawley, Bay Port, :48.09; 15, Small, Hudson, :48.29; 16, Michalek, Waukesha North, :48.5.

500 freestyle — 1, Martin, Middleton, 4:31.12; 2, Harris, Stevens Point, 4:33.51; 3, Blischke, Waukesha South, 4:34.04; 4, Updegrove, Verona/Mount Horeb, 4:44.07; 5, Kalafat, Bay Port, 6, Lustig, Greenfield, 4:46.06; 7, Werwie, Sun Prairie, 4:48.06; 8, Fitzgerald, West Bend East, 4:48.25; 9, Lanham, Waukesha South, 4:49.26; 10, Asmus, Hudson, 4:47.95; 11, Groth, Oshkosh West, 4:50.47; 12, Johnson, Kenosha Indian Trail, 4:52.15; 13, Wirch, Kenosha Indian Trail, 4:52.17; 14, Thibert, Bay Port, 4:52.48; 15, Arneson, Verona/Mount Horeb, 4:52.81; 16, McKinnon, Madison Memorial, 4:54.42.

200 freestyle relay — 1, Middleton (Parkin, Lamers, Martin, Peterson), 1:23.12 (state meet record); 2, Madison West (Casey, Fernandez, Bensch, Feller), 1:23.68 (state meet record); 3, Franklin, 1:24.65; 4, Sun Prairie (Roggenbauer, Braatz, Brehmer, Wiegand), 1:24.76; 5, Brookfield Central, 1:26.33; 6, Verona/Mount Horeb (Best, Rozeboom, Hoppe, Updegrove), 1:26.41; 7, Eau Claire Memorial, 1:27.19; 8, Madison Memorial (Gonring, Ketarkus, Gillman, Tucker-Jones), 1:27.28; 9, D.C. Everest, 1:27.35; 10, Greenfield, 1:27.37; 11, Waukesha North, 1:27.44; 12, Appleton North, 1:28.12; 13, Stevens Point, 1:29.04; 14, Green Bay Southwest, 1:29.86; 15, Sheboygan North, 1:29.88; 16, Beloit Memorial (B. Saladar, Light, M. Saladar, Sill), 1:30.26.

100 backstroke — 1, Jekel, Madison West, :48.09 (state meet record); 2, Blinkman, Hudson, :48.48 (state meet record); 3, Nixdorf, Arrowhead, :48.71 (state meet record); 4, Sachtjen, Sauk Prairie, :49.71; 5, Carlson, Waukesha South, :49.74; 6, Weiss, Madison West, :51.25; 7, Braunschweig, Arrowhead, :51.26; 8, Saleem, Milwaukee King, :51.36; 9, Scanlan, Waukesha South, :51.87; 10, Conn, Neenah, :51.91; 11, Fisher, Muskego, :52.1; 12, Zillner, Middleton, :53.2; 13, Zerbel, Bay Port, :53.58; 14, Anderson, Muskego, :53.59; 15, Ong, Menomonee Falls, :53.65; 16, Vinson, Waunakee, :53.72.

100 breaststroke — 1, Gabbey, Muskego, :56.04; 2, Feller, Madison West, :56.72; 3, Miller, Madison West, :56.96; 4, Wiegand, Sun Prairie, :57.83; 5, Schuster, Muskego, :57.85; 6, Webb, Hartford Union, :58.73; 7, Olson, Chippewa Falls, :59.28; 8 (tie), Bell, Madison Memorial, and Kalafat, Bay Port, :59.33; 10, Murphy, Arrowhead, :59.35; 11, Blinkman, Hudson, :59.42; 12, Nordmeyer, Madison West, :59.7; 13, Dong, Madison West, :59.85; 14, Wu, Menomonee Falls, 1:00.22; 15, Baertlein, Waukesha South, 1:00.31; 16, Hauke, Franklin, 1:00.7.

400 freestyle relay — 1, Madison West (Casey, Fernandez, Bensch, Jekel), 3:02.24 (state meet record); 2, Middleton (Zillner, Kim, Martin, Peterson), 3:05.33; 3, Franklin, 3:05.42; 4, Waukesha South, 3:07.63; 5, Brookfield Central, 3:10.43; 6, Verona/Mount Horeb (Wellnitz, Best, Updegrove, Rozeboom), 3:11.17; 7, Greenfield, 3:11.72; 8, Hudson, 3:12.14; 9, Sun Prairie (Brehmer, Braatz, Wiegand, Roggenbauer), 3:14.16; 10, Eau Claire Memorial, 3:14.46; 11, Waukesha North, 3:14.51; 12, Marquette, 3:14.96; 13, Stevens Point, 3:14.99; 14, Madison Memorial (Gillman, Drake, Tucker-Jones, Gonring), 3:16.26; 15, Bay Port, 3:16.48; 16, Muskego, 3:16.54.

At University of Wisconsin Natatorium.

 

 

 

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