MHS swimmers off to sensational start

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Rob Reischel
Nathan Kim and Middleton's boys swimming team are off to a terrific start this season./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton and Madison West were the top two boys swimming teams in the state last year.
And early indications are this year will be much of the same.

Middleton continued its terrific start to the season last week by winning the Brookfield Central Invite on Tuesday and the Beloit Memorial triple dual on Friday.

The Cardinals then had an impressive showing at the Janesville Parker Invite last Saturday, finishing second to defending state champion Madison West.

“We have a great attitude this year, with some really solid leadership,” Middleton coach Danny Lynam said. “The guys are holding themselves with a confidence I haven't seen before and it is having a great impact on their racing. If we keep this going, I think we can have another really solid year.”

That was evident during another impressive week.

Middleton won the seven-team Brookfield Central Invite with 456 points. Madison Memorial was second at 399, while Brookfield Central/Brookfield East was third at 346.

Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Nathan Kim, junior Calvin Roberts, senior Owen Roenneburg and senior Andrew Martin finished first. The Cardinals’ quartet of junior Wesley Carpenter, senior Colin Kalsbeek, senior Sam Gessler and junior Nick Hinz were third.

Middleton’s foursome of Martin, senior Blake Zillner, junior Forrest Patterson and junior Nate Lamers won the 400-yard freestyle relay, while the Cardinals’ quartet of senior Colin Kalsbeek, Carpenter, sophomore Joe McNerney and sophomore Jack Murray was sixth.

In the 200-yard medley relay, Lamers, senior Jack Mondi, junior Nathan Kim and Roberts were second, while Zillner, junior Jay Sullivan, freshman Venden Berge and Roenneburg were sixth.

Martin won the 200-yard freestyle and senior Mathew Gutzmer was sixth. Martin also won the 500-yard freestyle, while McNerney was fifth and Gutzmer was sixth.

Kim won the 200-yard IM, while Mondi was ninth and Berge was 10th. Kim also won the 100-yard breaststroke, Mondi was third and Berge was ninth.

Lamers was second in the 50-yard freestyle, while Roberts was fourth, Hinz was eighth and Roenneburg was ninth. Lamers was also second in the 100-yard butterfly, Peterson was third and Sullivan was 10th.

Peterson was third in the 100-yard backstroke, Zillner was fifth and junior Sam Larsen was 10th. Zillner was fifth in the 100-yard freestyle and Hinz was 10th.

“We started out a bit tired, but built some momentum as the meet progressed,” Lynam said. “A big turning point in energy was when Matthew Gutzmer was able to chase down and touch out Garrett McKinnon from Memorial. It got the guys really pumped up and you could see it translate into their swimming. It was the first time we have won that invitational in program history, so it was a great feeling for all of the guys.”

Middleton then rolled past Madison La Follette, 139-27, and toppled Beloit Memorial, 127-43.

Middleton’s wins came from Peterson in the 200 freestyle, Martin in the 200 individual medley, Kim in the 100 butterfly, Gutzmer in the 100 freestyle, Lamers in the 500 freestyle, Sullivan in the 100 backstroke and Parkin in the 100 breaststroke.

The Cardinals’ 200 medley relay team of Peterson, Mondi, Kim and Parkin was first. The 200 freestyle relay team of Parkin, Kim, Lamers and Martin was first. And the 400 freestyle relay team of Lamers, Zillner, Peterson and Martin was first.

“Since we had so many back to back high stakes meets, I gave the guys who had been traveling a lot a couple of their off events and gave some more opportunities to the guys who hadn't swam much yet,” Lynam said. “It is a fast pool and we had some good competition, so we saw some good races and a few PR's, which is always fun at this point in the season.”

Middleton then faced defending state champion Madison West for the first time and put up a spirited fight. The Cardinals, who were state runners-up last year, were edged by West, 151-137. Hononegah (Ill.) (104), Beloit Memorial (95) and Janesville Parker (89) rounded out the top five at the nine-team invite.

“They are a tough team to compete against because they have a lot of talented and versatile guys they can spread out,” Lynam said of facing West. “We had a few great races, but just weren't able to get the touch outs we needed.”

Middleton’s 400-yard medley relay team of Parkin, Kim, Peterson and Martin was first. The Cardinals foursome of Kim, Zillner, Peterson and Martin was also first in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Middleton’s 300-yard butterfly relay team of Roberts, Peterson, Lund and Kim was first.

The Cardinals’ 400-yard medley relay team of Mondi, Jacob Beckman, Sullivan and Berge was second. Middleton’s 300-yard backstroke relay team of Parkin, Larsen, Roenneburg and Zillner was second.

Middleton’s 500-yard crescendo relay team of Hinz, Roberts, Gutzmer and Martin was second. The Cardinals’ 300-yard breaststroke relay team of Lund, Berge, McNerney and Mondi was second. Middleton’s quartet of Parkin, Mondi, Sullivan and Hinz was also second.

The Cardinals’ quartet of Zillner, Roenneburg, Hinz and Roberts was third in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The foursome of Gutzmer, Noah Williams, Larsen and McNerney was third in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

“The team still kept a lot of positive energy and had fun despite not winning as some of them had hoped,” Lynam said.

• On deck: Middleton hosts Madison East Friday at 5:30 p.m., then is off until Jan. 4.

“We only have one dual meet between now and the end of winter break, which means we will be able to really buckle down and get some good training in,” Lynam said.


Dec. 4


Team scores: Middleton 456, Madison Memorial 399, Brookfield Central/Brookfield East 346, Hartland Arrowhead 294, Menomonee Falls co-op 258, Greenfield co-op 171, Brookfield Academy 48.

1 meter diving — 1, Rumpit, BCE, 478.75; 2, Bennett, MM, 411.35; 3, Koller, HA, 358.80. 200 medley relay — 1, Hartland Arrowhead (Braunschweig, Murphy, Nixdorf, Gibbs), 1:40.17 2, Middleton, 1:41.28; 3, Madison Memorial, 1:43.68. 200 freestyle — 1, Martin, MI, 1:47.47; 2, Barth, MM, 1:50.45; 3, Gillman, MM, 1:51.75. 200 individual medley — 1, Kim, MI, 1:56.94; 2, Murphy, HA, 2:04.63; 3, Smith, BCE, 2:04.90. 50 freestyle — 1, Linnehan, BCE, 21.66; 2, Lamers, MI, 22.61; 3, Gonring, MM, 22.78.

100 butterfly — 1, Nixdorf, HA, 51.48; 2, Lamers, MI, 53.56; 3, Peterson, MI, 53.97. 100 freestyle — 1, Linnehan, BCE, 48.16; 2, Barth, MM, 49.95; 3, Korabelinikov, BCE, 50.53. 500 freestyle — 1, Martin, 4:52.99; 2, Lustig, GF, 5:03.68; 3, Drake, MM, 5:05.06. 200 freestyle relay — 1, Middleton (Kim, Roberts, Roenneburg, Martin), 1:29.85; 2, Madison Memorial, 1:30.47; 3, Middleton, 1:35.58. 100 backstroke — 1, Nixdorf, HA, 52.93; 2, Braunschweig, HA, 55.24; 3, Peterson, MI, 55.98. 100 breaststroke — 1, Kim, MI, 1:02.33; 2, Bell, MM, 1:02.90; 3, Mondi, MI, 1:03.85. 400 freestyle relay — 1, Middleton (Martin, Zillner, Peterson, Lamers), 3:16.40; 2, Brookfield Central/Brookfield East, 3:22.08; 3, Madison Memorial, 3:22.99.

Dec. 7


Dual-meet scores: Middleton 139, Madison La Follette 27; Middleton 127, Beloit Memorial 43; Beloit Memorial 129, Madison La Follette 37.

200 medley relay — Middleton (Peterson, Mondi, Kim, Parkin), 1:39.85. 200 freestyle — Peterson, MI, 1:52.34. 200 individual medley — Martin, MI, 2:02.29. 50 freestyle — Saladar, BM, 22.81. 100 butterfly — Kim, MI, 51.91. 100 freestyle — Gutzmer, MI, 51.24.

500 freestyle — Lamers, MI, 5:05.65. 200 freestyle relay — Middleton (Parkin, Kim, Lamers, Martin), 1:28.88. 100 backstroke — Sullivan, MI, 1:02.62. 100 breaststroke — Parkin, MI, 1:07.35. 400 freestyle relay — Middleton (Lamers, Zillner, Peterson, Martin), 3:18.87.

Dec. 8


Madison West 151, Middleton 137, Hononegah 104, Beloit Memorial 95, Janesville Parker 89, Franklin 84, Madison East 71, Janesville Craig 70, Racine Case 29


200 freestyle—West 1:28.64

400 medley—Middleton 2:36.02

800 freestyle—West 7:32.73

400 medley—West 3:54.43; 4. Parker 4:15.49

400 medley—West 3:54.43

300 backstroke—West 2:37.82

500 crescendo—West 4:20.91

200 breaststroke—West 3:08.36

400 freestyle—Middleton 3:16.53; 4. Craig 3:43.99

200 medley—West 1:39.4

300 butterfly—Middleton 2:35.89; 4. Parker 2:56.34




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