Swimmers win Big Eight

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Rob Reischel
Hannah Aegerter and Middleton’s girls swimming team won the Big Eight Conference dual meet season./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The Big Eight Conference is far and away the top league in the state.

Four of the top six teams in the state reside in the Big Eight. Teams take turns beating each other up.
So to go through the guillotine that is the Big Eight is a remarkable feat.

That’s exactly what Middleton’s girls did, finishing their perfect season with a 136-34 win over Janesville Parker/Evansville last Tuesday.

Middleton finished the conference dual meet season 9-0.

The Cardinals will now set their sights on winning the Big Eight Conference meet, which will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Beloit Memorial.

“It is an incredible accomplishment to go undefeated in Big Eight duals, but I think the ultimate goal for this team is to win the Big Eight Conference meet,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “We have certainly proven that we have the talent and drive to win the meet, but will have to perform at our very best if we want to beat teams like Verona, West and Memorial.”

Middleton had another strong meet in its win over Parker/Evansville.

The Cardinals’ quartet of Chiara Pierobon-Mays, Emily Keebler, Hannah Aegerter and Molly Warriner won the 200-yard medley, while the foursome of Nicole McCue, Morgan Pincombe, Maggie Go and Amaya Berge was second.

Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay of Mack, Aegerter, Margaret McGill and Samantha Roll was first, while the team of Caroline Hippen, Makenna Licking, Warriner and Pierobon-Mays was second.

Middleton’s quartet of Licking, Aegerter, Mack and Warriner won the 400-yard freestyle relay, and the foursome of Elise Hokanson, Victoria Lin, Roll and Emma Karbusicky was second.

Hippen, Licking and Alexis Barrett went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle, while Karbusicky and Keebler were first and second, respectively, in the 200-yard IM.

Mack won the 50-yard freestyle, while Pierobon-Mays was second. Aegerter won the 100-yard butterfly and Pierobon-Mays was second.

Roll, Mack and Grace Madigan went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard freestyle, while McGill, Hokanson and Warriner were first, second and third in the 500-yard freestyle.

Lin, Tryn Peterson and McCue were 1-2-3 in the 100-yard backstroke, while Anna Thomley, Pincombe and Berge notched the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke.

“This was a fun final meet for us,” Cabalka said. “It was our last meet to swim all together as one team and the final dual meet for our seniors. 

“The girls really took advantage of their final opportunity to practice race technique and experiment with their races before our postseason begins. I think it has taken us a bit longer than usual to be fully confident with who we are as a team due to the inexperience and youth we have this year. At the same time, that is what makes it so exciting. I think our girls know exactly where they want to be three weeks from now and are very determined.”

By the end of this weekend, though, the Cardinals want to be conference champs.

Middleton knows that will be a tall task in a league that includes Verona/Mount Horeb, Madison Memorial and Madison West. But the Cardinals are optimistic they can add to their sensational season.

“I think this will be the closest conference race in quite some time and the team that shows up to win ultimately will,” Cabalka said. “I have said all season long that our depth of talent and our senior leadership have been incredibly consistent and outstanding. 

“If we can carry those strengths forward and trust the training that has been done this season, I think our girls can accomplish anything they set their minds to. Regardless of the outcome this weekend, these girls should be very proud of the season they have had.”

 

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