Middleton swimmers edge Menorial

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Rob Reischel
Paige Prestigiacomo and Middleton’s girls swimming team edged Madison Memorial last Friday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Green and growing.

Young and improving.

That’s the story for Middleton’s girls swimming team this fall. And the talented Cardinals took a big step in the right direction last Tuesday.

Middleton overcame fatigue from a busy schedule and edged upstart Madison Memorial, 86-84.

“I'd say this was our best earned win of the season,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “All factors considered, the girls fought hard for this win and I am extremely proud of the way they finished this five-day stretch. 

“I think this meet reaffirmed that we are not a team to be overlooked in the Big Eight Conference. This is proving to be one of the tightest races to the end and we are very excited to be a part of it.”

In a five day stretch, Middleton had a pair of conference dual meets and competed in the ultra-competitive Waukesha South Invite. But the Cardinals had just enough left in their collective tank to edge the Spartans.

Middleton’s trio of Samantha Roll, Caroline Hippen and Paige Prestigiacomo went 1-2-3 in the 200 yard freestyle. Lin also won the 100 yard butterfly and Chiara Pierobon-Mays was third.

Prestigiacomo won the 100 yard freestyle and Roll was third. Hippen won the 500 yard freestyle and Elise Hokanson was third. And Emma Karbusicky won the 100 yard breaststroke.

Karbusicky and Margaret McGill were second and third, respectively, in the 200 yard IM. Lin was second in the 100 yard backstroke and Pierobon-Mays was third in the 50 yard freestyle.

Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Lin, Karbusicky, Pierobon-Mays and Hippen was first. The Cardinals’ quartet of Roll, Lin, Pierobon-Mays and Prestigiacomo was second in the 200 yard freestyle. And Middleton’s foursome of Roll, Hippen, Lauren Kalvin and Prestigiacomo was also second.

That made for a thrilling meet, in which the Cardinals narrowly escaped.

“The girls had three meets in five days and they were definitely feeling the pressure of this meet as exhaustion was setting in,” Cabalka said. “This is by far the best Memorial team we have seen in the last five years and we knew we would have to forget about how tired we were and pull it together for some fast swims. 

“It was close race after close race … some in our favor, some in theirs. In the end, the girls did what they needed to do to come out with a win.”

• On deck: The Cardinals are at Madison West Friday at 5 p.m., then host the Middleton Invitational Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

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