MHS swimmers win Big 8 meet

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Rob Reischel
Nathan Kim helped Middleton’s boys swimming and diving team win the Big Eight Conference title./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Conference dual meet title?

Check.

Conference meet championship?

Check.

Now, we’ll find out what box Middleton’s boys swimming and diving team checks next.

The Cardinals accomplished another goal last Saturday, winning the Big Eight Conference meet, which was held at Beloit Memorial High School. Middleton finished with 508 points and edged runner-up Sun Prairie (494.5). Madison West (364), Madison Memorial (342) and Verona/Mount Horeb (311) rounded out the top five.

“We went into the meet knowing it was going to be a battle for first place,” Middleton coach Danny Lynam said. “We struggled to find the best times we had been swimming all season and Sun Prairie came into the meet feeling good.

“We have the most guys tapering for sectionals we have had in a while, and most of them had a hard time getting up and racing. However, the guys that tapered for conference swam great.”

Middleton’s quartet of Nathan Kim, Nick Chirafisi, Jack Madoch and Forrest Peterson won the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Cardinals’ 200-yard medley relay team of Peterson, Kim, Nate Lamers and Calvin Roberts was second.

And Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Ben Collier, Madoch, Nick Hinz and Roberts was fourth.

Kim won the 200-yard IM, while Venden Berge was sixth, Tyler Choedak was 11th and Lamers was 12th. Kim also won the 100-yard butterfly, while Peterson was second and Jay Sullivan was eighth.

Chirafisi won the 500-yard freestyle, while Joe McNerney was seventh and Choedak was ninth. Chirafisi also won the 200-yard freestyle, while Madoch was 11th.

Peterson won the 100-yard backstroke, while Sam Larsen was second, Ian Richardson was seventh and Theo Wolf was 11th.

Collier was seventh in the 50-yard freestyle, while Roberts was ninth and Hinz was 10th. Madoch and Hinz were eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle, while Berge was 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Middleton’s Isaac Roush was also first in the diving competition, while Alex Starr was sixth and Luke Zocher was ninth.

Middleton now hosts a sectional Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The WIAA Division 1 is Feb. 22 at the UW-Natatorium beginning at 3 p.m.

“It's going to be a tough battle the next two weeks,” Lynam said. “But we are looking forward to the challenge.”

And the opportunity to keep checking off boxes.

 

Feb. 8

BIG EIGHT CONFERENCE MEET

Team scores: Middleton 508, Sun Prairie 494.5, Madison West 364, Madison Memorial 342, Verona/Mount Horeb 311, Beloit Memorial 114, Madison East 85.5, Janesville Parker 42, Janesville Craig 20, Madison La Follette 16.

Event winners

Diving — Roush, Mid, 498.2 points. 200 medley relay — Verona, 1:37.06. 200 freestyle — Chirafisi, Mid, 1:46.99. 200 individual medley — Kim, Mid, 1:56.81. 50 freestyle — Wiegand, SP, 20.26. 100 butterfly — Kim, Mid, 51.63. 100 freestyle — Isaac Casey, MW, 46.85. 500 freestyle — Chirafisi, Mid, 4:49.24. 200 freestyle relay — Sun Prairie, 1:24.55. 100 backstroke — Forrest Peterson, Mid, 54.05. 100 breaststroke — Wiegand, SP, :57.80. 400 freestyle relay — Middleton, 3:09.98. At Beloit Memorial.

Diving — 1, Roush, Middleton, 498.20; 2, Stadler, Madison West, 436.25; 3, Bell, Madison Memorial, 402.30; 4, Bennett, Madison Memorial, 352.0; 5, Pfaff, Madison West, 350.45; 6, Starr, Middleton, 320.70. At Middleton.

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