Monona Grove senior Ben McDade has orally committed to Indiana University for men’s swimming.

McDade has been a standout swimmer during high school, leading Monona Grove to WIAA Division 2 state swimming and diving championships in each of his three seasons so far.

As a freshman, McDade finished first at the WIAA Division 2 state swimming and diving meet for boys in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle and was part of the Silver Eagles’ first-place 400 freestyle relay and fifth-place 200 medley relay.

As a sophomore, McDade was first at state in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. He set a new state record of 4 minutes, 30.12 seconds in winning the 500. He also was part of Monona Grove’s first-place 200 freestyle relay and first-place 400 freestyle relay. The 200 freestyle relay established a state record of 1:25.80.

As a junior, McDade again helped lead Monona Grove to the state title – for the third consecutive season. McDade was first in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. He shattered his own record in the 500 freestyle, setting a new mark of 4:28.83. He was part of the Silver Eagles’ first-place 200 medley relay and first-place freestyle relay.

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.