MHS swimmers 5th at Waukesha South

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Rob Reischel
Victoria Lin and Middleton's girls swimming team finished fifth at the Waukesha South Invite./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Lauren Cabalka loves to challenge her Middleton girls swimming team. And nothing poses a better test than the Waukesha South Invitational.

The star-studded event last Saturday included the state’s top-three teams. And even though Middleton hoped for better than a fifth place finish, the experience should help it down the road.

Hartland Arrowhead won the meet with 386 points, while Waukesha South/Mukwonago was second (260). Cedarburg (247), Verona-Mount Horeb (243) and Middleton (231) rounded out the top-five.

“This is typically a tough meet for the girls simply because of where in the season it falls,” Cabalka said. “They are physically and mentally tired and we know that the level of performance will reflect that. 

“At the end of the day, the girls swam very well. By no means was it our best performance, but the girls surprised me a little bit with their ability to hold the times they had been going up to this point. Some even left with seasonal bests.”

Victoria Lin was third in the 100-yard fly (1:00.24) and Emma Karbusicky was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.11). Samantha Roll was sixth in the 100-yard freestyle (55.34) and Paige Prestigiacomo was ninth (56.15) in the same event.

Tryn Peterson was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.52), while Lin (1:01.59) and Chiara Pierobon-Mays were eighth and ninth, respectively.

Roll was seventh in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.36), Caroline Hippen was 11th (2:00.49) and Prestigiacomo was 12th (2:00.53). Karbusicky was also seventh in the 200 yard IM (2:16.06), while Pierobon-Mays was 12th in the 50-yard freestyle (25.97). Hippen was also eighth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:23.36).

Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Lin, Karbusicky, Chiara Pierobon-Mays and Hippen was fifth (1:52.54). The Cardinals’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Roll, Hippen, Margaret McGill and Prestigiacomo was fifth (3:46.33).

And Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Roll, Lin, Pierobon-Mays and Prestigiacomo was seventh (1:42.84).

“We were up against the top three teams in the state (Arrowhead, Waukesha South/Mukwonago and Cedarburg) and this meet gave us a lot of perspective on where we fit into the picture,” Cabalka said. “The girls did not allow themselves to be intimidated by other teams and held their own against some very fast competition. I think this meet allows us to refocus our goals and push forward into some very intense training with a new set of things to improve upon.”

Middleton also notched an impressive, 116-54 win over Sun Prairie last Friday.

Middleton’s quartet of Lin, Karbusicky, Pierobon-Mays and Roll won the 200-yard medley relay (1:52.23). Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Pierobon-Mays, Lin, Hippen and Prestigiacomo was also first (1:42.09). And Middleton’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Prestigiacomo, Hippen, McGill and Roll was first (3:47.78).

Prestigiacomo (1:03.31), Pierobon-Mays (1:03.71) and Peterson (1:04.11) swept the top three spots in the 100-yard fly. Lin (1:02.62), Peterson (1:03.55) and Hippen (1:06.14) also went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard backstroke.

Karbusicky won the 200-yard IM (2:17.37) and Lin was second (2:21.90). Karbusicky also won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.99) and Morgan Pincombe was third (1:16.39).

Roll won the 50-yard freestyle (25.36) and Prestigiacomo was third (26.06). Roll also won the 500-yard freestyle (5:36.15) and Kalvin was third (5:50.07).

Elise Hokanson, Lauren Kalvin and Maggie Mangas were second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle. Hippen, McGill and Pierobon-Mays were also second, third and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle.

“Going into this meet we knew that we wanted a different result than last year,” Cabalka said. “We really struggled to swim at the level we were capable of last year and nearly lost the meet. So, the girls were determined to leave with a different result this year. 

“We played around with the line-up to give the girls a much needed break from their typical events. This can be a little scary, especially when you swim a team like Sun Prairie, who has some of the state's best swimmers. 

“The girls held up their end of the bargain, though, and competed at an incredibly high level. It was so much fun watching them swim. I think they proved to themselves that they are capable of achieving anything they set their minds to and proved that they are a highly improved team from the beginning of the season.”

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