Middleton's Hannah Aegerter competes in the 800-yard freestyle relay during the Middleton Cardinal Relay Invitational at Middleton High School in Middleton, Wis., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL


Top-ranked Middleton turned in a dominant performance to win the 15-team Highlander Invitational on Saturday at Mequon Homestead.

The meet featured nine of the top 12 teams, including each of the top six, in the current Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Division 1 rankings.

Middleton scored 366 points to outdistance runner-up Cedarburg’s total of 262, with Verona/Mount Horeb third at 245.

Cardinals sophomore Gabriela Pierobon Mays won the 100-yard backstroke (57.87 seconds) and swam on the winning 200 medley relay (1:48.03) and second-place 400 freestyle relay (3:33.86).

The Cardinals’ Hannah Aegerter was second in the 200 free (1:55.67) and 500 free (5:12.19) and swam on the winning 200 free relay (1:39.31) and the 400 free relay. Also, freshman Ally Silvestri was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.86) and swam on the winning medley relay.

Verona/Mount Horeb senior Sophie Henshue won the 500 free (5:09.56) and junior Grace Bennin won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.25), took second in the 200 individual medley (2:08.74) and swam on two second-place relays.

Madison West junior Katrina Marty won the 100 backstroke (:57.34) and was second in the 100 butterfly (:58.38).

Sun Prairie freshman Sophie Fiske was second in the 50 free (:24.53), and for Madison Memorial, senior Olivia Bloomer was third in the 50 free (:24.61) and swam on the third-place 400 relay.

Beloit Invitational

Beloit Memorial, which has had a girls swimming team since 1967, won its own invitational for the first time. The Purple Knights scored 623 points to top Lake Geneva Badger’s score of 476.5.

Purple Knights senior Heaven Wells won the 100 backstroke (:59.77) and 200 individual medley (2:16.72), and junior Amya Bessel won the 50 butterfly (:28.04).

Beloit Memorial also won the 200 freestyle relay with a meet-record time of 1:45.87, the 200 medley relay (1:57.93) and the 100 freestyle relay (:50.93), and took second in the 150 free relay (1:23.09).

For Fort Atkinson, Mariah Marowsky won the 100 free (:55.65) and 200 free (2:01.02), Emmi Belzer won the 100 individual medley (1:06.54) and the 150 freestyle relay of Mikayla Pennewell, Belzer and Marowsky won (1:21.60).

Madison East sophomore Kozette Rosenthal won the 100 breaststroke (1:12.73), and Janesville Parker senior Maddie Nelson won the 100 butterfly (1:02.59).


Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.