Swimmers enjoy sensational week

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Rob Reischel
Ally Silvestri and Middleton's girls swimming team won the Waukesha South Invite last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s brilliant girls swimming and diving team had another memorable weekend.

The Cardinals won the star-studded Waukesha South Invite last Saturday. Middleton also defeated Verona/Mount Horeb, 91-79, last Friday to grab control of the Big Eight Conference race.

Middleton finished the Waukesha South Invite with 427 points to easily outdistance runner-up Cedarburg (305). Verona/Mount Horeb (242), Hartland Arrowhead (230) and Waukesha South (186) rounded out the top five at the 14-team invite.

“We had some confidence coming off of the big win at Verona, but were still feeling pretty run down,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “We had the goal of finishing the week on a high note and pushing through for one more day. This invite hosted some of the state's best teams and individual swimmers, so we had to find a way to be at our best if we wanted to compete against the best.”  

At Waukesha South, Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Cora Mack, junior Hannah Aegerter, junior Makenna Licking and senior Caroline Hippen was first. The Cardinals’ quartet of senior Chiara Pierobon Mays, freshman Ally Silverstri, sophomore Gabriela Pierobon Mays and junior Cora Mack was second.

And Middleton’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Aegerter, Licking, Hippen and Gabriela Pierobon Mays was second.

Gabriela Pierobon Mays won the 100-yard butterfly, while freshman Kaitlyn Peters was sixth and Chiara Pierobon Mays was ninth.

Aegerter was second in the 200-yard freestyle and Hippen was ninth. Mack was second in the 50-yard freestyle and sophomore Berkley Smith was third.

Mack was second in the 100-yard freestyle, Caroline Hippen was fourth and Smith was fifth. Gabriela Pierobon Mays was second in the 100-yard backstroke, Chiara Pierobon Mays was fifth and Keebler was sixth.

Silverstri was second in the 100-yard breaststroke and sophomore Alex Anagnostopoulus was fourth.

Aegerter was third in the 500-yard freestyle, Licking was eighth and freshman Bella Chirafisi was 10th. Silverstri was fifth in the 200-yard IM, junior Emily Keebler was seventh and Anagnostopoulus was ninth.

“We had some early meet struggles last week at Brookfield and I was really hoping the girls learned a valuable lesson from that,” Cabalka said. “This meet started out the same way, as we were edged out by 0.01 (seconds) in the medley relay. 

“I was so proud of the way the girls brushed it off and moved on to have a fantastic meet. We showed a lot of poise and maturity this weekend — some things that will carry us into the second half of the season.” 

The Cardinals also edged Verona/Mount Horeb in a thrilling dual meet.

“We had some early meet struggles last week at Brookfield and I was really hoping the girls learned a This was a tough week for us,” Cabalka said. “The girls were pretty run down. We also wanted to challenge the girls with a bit of a risky lineup against a very strong Verona team. 

“We're at the point where we don't want the girls to just rely on the talent we have with our very best line up, so we pushed it a bit. Despite feeling pretty yucky and being down going into the final two events, the girls pulled together and gave an amazing last ditch effort to pull out a win.”

Aegerter won the 200-meter IM and Peters was third. Aegerter also won the 100-meter butterfly and Keebler was second.

Gabriela Pierobon Mays won the 100-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke.

Middleton also got second place finishes from Chirafisi in the 200-meter freestyle, freshman Andrea Young in the 50-meter freestyle, Hippen in the 400-meter freestyle and Keebler in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Middleton’s quartet of Mack, Gabriela Pierobon Mays, Licking and Hippen won the 200-meter freestyle. The Cardinals’ foursome of Aegerter, Mack, Chirafisi and Hippen also won the 400-meter freestyle relay.

“This was one of the more exciting dual meets I have ever coached and we were able to dig deep when it mattered most,” Cabalka said. “In the end, I think this gave the girls a lot of confidence in their abilities. To be able to turn it around the way they did, despite how they were feeling and the uncertainty of swimming off events, is pretty darn impressive.” 


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