STOUGHTON — Saturday’s boys sectional swimming meet brought Fast Times at Stoughton High.
Six pool records not only brought the house down at the packed facility but the lower figures will force a major rewrite of history on the Vikings’ record board.
Monona Grove accounted for five new pool standards, including in all three relays, as the Silver Eagles recorded a convincing victory at the WIAA Division 2 sectional.
Monona Grove won seven of the 11 swimming events Saturday, plus Henry Carman claimed the diving title Friday night.
The Silver Eagles totaled 393 points, while Madison Edgewood earned second with 273. McFarland (243) won a tight battle for third ahead of Fort Atkinson (238) and Baraboo (232).
“I’m very happy,” Monona Grove coach Kelly Chadesh said. “I know there is room for improvement; you don’t want to get too celebratory today. We swam well, but I feel we can go even faster (at Friday’s Division 2 state meet) and do even more. That is exciting.”
Longtime friends Ben McDade and Eric Storms, Monona Grove juniors who’ve known each other through swimming since 2004, each won two events and set a pool record as the two-time defending Division 2 state champion Silver Eagles positioned themselves for another crown.
“It’s about setting a place at the table,” said McDade, the two-time state champion in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. “I wanted to be a little faster today, but we are looking to be fast next week.”
Clearly, McDade had no intention to just cruise into a state berth. He said he wanted to provide an example for his teammates and give maximum effort, adding it’s always the goal when “you can get your name on the (record) board.”
MG’s 200 medley relay team of Storms, McDade, senior Connor Keith and junior Shane Sackett set the tone, winning the opening event in a pool-record time of 1 minute, 37.54 seconds.
McDade followed that by breaking his own pool record, winning the 200 freestyle in 1:43.15 (his old mark was 1:43.29). He later won the 500 freestyle in 4:42.13.
Storms shattered the pool mark in the 100 butterfly, winning in 51.14 seconds, and won the 100 backstroke in :51.70.
Storms, the defending state champion in the 100 backstroke, said he fed off the energy of his teammates.
“It gets me hyped,” Storms said, adding: “Now, we have to hunker down and get ready (for state).”
The Silver Eagles also set pool records in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The team of Sackett, junior Jacob Lippiatt, Keith and senior Erik Doll placed first in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing in 1:28.43. The team of Doll, Lippiatt, Storms and McDade won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:13.91.
“Those guys earn their spots on the relays over teammates,” Chadesh said. “They don’t want to disappoint their teammates who are sitting. They have to live up to that spot. It keeps them on their toes. … We are blessed with freestyle sprinters.”
Baraboo senior Noah Larson, the defending state champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle, also was a double winner. He set a new mark in the 50 freestyle with a first-place time of :21.34 and won the 100 freestyle in :47.65.
Larson, a North Dakota commit for football, is in the middle of an eventful senior year. “It’s been exciting — a lot of fun,” he said.
DeForest senior Ryan Ramminger won the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.23, while Edgewood freshman Truman teDuits provided the meet’s first seeding surprise. He entered the 200 individual medley with the third-fastest time, but was the winner in 1:58.26. He edged out top-seeded Ramminger, who finished in 1:58.39.
“I was nervous, definitely nervous (entering the meet),” teDuits said. “It’s cool to be here in my first year in high school. I feel I can do really well this week (at state).”
TeDuits opened a lead, aided by a backstroke that felt so good, “I was about to scream,” he said. But when Ramminger started to close the gap during the freestyle, teDuits said, “I told myself, ‘I’m not going to lose. I’m going to win.’ ”
The Crusaders were helped by freshman Nate Frucht’s 12-second drop in the 500 freestyle, which permitted him to finish in 4:55:00 and as runner-up to McDade.
“Trying to compete against Monona Grove is pretty tough,” Edgewood coach Daniel Lindstrom said about his team’s second-place finish. “It was a good meet between the second pack — our team, Baraboo, Fort Atkinson, DeForest, McFarland.”