Swimmers win Big Eight

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Rob Reischel
Middleton’s girls swimming and diving coach Lauren Cabalka has had a lot to smile about this season./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Another year, another Big Eight Conference championship.

Middleton’s sensational girls’ swimming and diving team — which has won back-to-back WIAA Division 1 state titles — appears well on its way to a third straight championship.

The Cardinals wrapped up a perfect conference season by rolling past Madison La Follette, 130-40, last Friday. Middleton went 9-0 in the conference and won every dual meet and invite of the regular season.

“This was a great final meet for us,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “We had a goal of going undefeated and winning the Big Eight Conference this season, which is no easy feat.”

Middleton’s quartet of Gabriela Pierobon Mays, Alex Anagnostopoulos, Ally Silvestri and Berkley Smith won the 200-yard medley relay. Smith, Makenna Licking, Abby Utter and Anagnostopoulos won the 200-yard freestyle relay.

And the foursome of Licking, Anna Thomley, Grace Madigan and Madelyn Lawn won the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Cora Mack, Amanda George and Grace Madigan went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle, while Pierobon Mays won the 200-yard IM and Gianna Fussell was second.

Ella Needham, Kaitlyn Peters and Norah Martin went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard freestyle. And Molly Haag, Thomley and Sarah Foley went 1-2-3 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Hannah Aegerter won the 100-yard backstroke, while Silvestri was second and Alexis Barrett was third. Emily Keebler, Serena Haack and Amaya Berge went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Licking and Lawn were second and third, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle, while Bella Chirafisi and Brianna Acker were second and third in the 100 butterfly.

“The girls did what they have done all season long and put together some great races and relay teams in order to solidify a win,” Cabalka said. “This sets us up for a great postseason and gives us confidence as we move forward. I am so proud of their efforts and love the direction we are headed in.”


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