Swimmers set for state

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Rob Reischel
Nick Chirafisi (top) and Koby Renfert (above) are two of the Middleton swimmers that will compete at state on Saturday./Times-Tribune photos by Mary Langenfeld

Their season was truncated.

They had far less pool time than a regular campaign.

But several members of Middleton’s boys swimming team are back where they always wanted to be — state.

The Cardinals finished third at the WIAA Division 1 Middleton Sectional that was moved to Waukesha South last Saturday.

Sun Prairie won the seven-team sectional with 407 points, followed by Verona/Mount Horeb (358) and Middleton (303).

“This year's sectional was so unusual in so many different ways,” Middleton coach Danny Lynam said. “The obvious difference was the significantly shortened season, but even at the meet there was a limited crowd, the guys weren't allowed on deck to cheer each other on, and it was the first time we actually swam against anyone else in person.

“Despite all of that we swam better than I could have ever hoped. We had a number of guys swim lights out and put up lifetime best times. Once we got going, you could really feel the excitement and energy. They were just so happy to be racing again.” 

Middleton is the defending Division 1 state champion and will be sending swimmers to state in the following events:

 

• 200-yard medley relay — Colby Livezey, Ian Bohachek, Blaise Lin and Jack Madoch

• 200-yard freestyle — Nick Chirafisi

• 50-yard freestyle — Jack Madoch

• 100-yard freestyle — Jack Madoch

• 500-yard freestyle — Nick Chirafisi

• 200-yard freestyle relay — Joe McNerney, Koby Renfert, Blaise Lin and Nick Chirafisi

• 100-yard backstroke — Theo Wolf and Tyler Choedak

• 400-yard freestyle relay — Nick Chirafisi, Joe McNerney, Theo Wolf and Jack Madoch

• Diving — Alex Starr

“Overall we qualified very few individual swims to state, which was a bit disappointing,” Lynam said. “Typically our sectional is one of the fastest, but with the Madison schools out of the picture and a lot of the other teams around the state able to train more often than us, it was tough to keep up. I think we did the right thing with the safety precautions we had in place around COVID, but it certainly put us at a disadvantage.”

At sectionals, Chirafisi won the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

The Cardinals’ quartet of Chirafisi, Joe McNerney, Theo Wolf and Jack Madoch was second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Colby Livezey, Ian Bohachek, Blaise Lin and Madoch was fourth.

And the Cardinals’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of McNerney, Koby Renfert, Lin and Chirafisi was fourth.

Madoch was third in the 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, while Lin was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. In the 100-yard backstroke, Wolf was sixth, Tyler Choedak was seventh and Livezey was eighth.

Wolf was also sixth in the 200-yard IM.

“(Middleton athletic director) Jamie Sims was really instrumental to getting this meet to happen,” Lynam said. “He worked closely with the WIAA and the Waunakee AD to make sure we were going to put on a quality meet that was still safe. As a new AD, and with everything else he has on his plate, I was grateful he dedicated so much time to helping us make sure we still had a sectional meet. It really reinforced for me that Jamie is a great fit for our Cardinal family.”

Now, it’s on to state for the Cardinals that are still standing.

“Now we get to refocus and regroup and set our sights on state,” Lynam said. “We can really dial in the individuals and relays that we qualified and get one more shot.”

 

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