Middleton wins D1 Girls Swimming & Diving Title for 3rd straight year

Middleton won the Division 1 team title for the third straight season at the State Girls Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the UW Natatorium in Madison, Wis.

The Cardinals tallied a 12-event score of 249.5. Cedarburg finished runner-up with 188 points, and Sun Prairie was third with 170 points.

Individually, Grace Bennin of Verona/Mount Horeb won three events in the meet. She won her third straight championship in the 100-yard breaststroke in a State meet record time of 1:00.65. Bennin also won the 200-yard individual medley with the time of 1:59.93. In addition, she was a champion as a member of the winning 200 medley relay with teammates Sara Stewart, Josie McCartney and Kenzie Zuehl. They finished in a time of 1:43.34.

Sophie Fiske of Sun Prairie was also a three-time champion. She won both the 50 and 100 freestyles with the times of 23.20 and 50.35, respectively, after finishing third and fourth in those same events last season. She was also a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay. Fiske and teammates Michaela Nelson, Bree Moericke and Janelle Schulz won the event in a time of 3:26.55.

Reilly Tiltmann of Brookfield East was also a multi-champion. She won the 100 butterfly with a time of  54.46 after placing fourth in the event last season. She also claimed the title in the 100 backstroke to deny Madison West’s Katrina Marty, who finished second, her third title in the event. Tiltmann recorded a winning time of 54.62 after placing fourth in the race in 2017.

Hannah Aegerter of Middleton was a two-time champion this year. She repeated as champion in the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:55.48. Her other title came as a member of the 200 freestyle relay. The quartet of Aegerter, Gabriela Pierobon-Mays, Berkley Smith and Makenna Licking won the event in a time of 1:34.24.

In addition to Bennin, the meet featured one other competitor that won the same individual event for the third time. Av Osero of Neenah won her third straight State championship in the one-meter diving competition. She bested the rest of the field with a score of 515.20.

Cassie Stegner of Menomonee Falls/Hamilton successfully defending the title she won in the 200 freestyle last season by racing to title in a time of 1:49.21.

via WIAA

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