MHS wins another state title

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The MHS girls swimming and diving team doubled its fun at the WIAA Division 1 state championship on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium.

The Cardinals, who won their first-ever state title in 2016, made it two in a row. MHS finished with 313.5 points, more than 70 ahead of runner-up Cedarburg.

The Cardinals, who were second in 2015 and from 2004-2006, finished with 265 points to win the title in 2016.

“It was amazing, just from start to finish,” MHS coach Lauren Cabalka, a 2001 Middleton graduate who swam four years for the Cardinals, told the Wisconsin State Journal. "Winning that first relay was huge. We just rode that all day long. They swam out of their minds. ... We had so many girls on the podium. We really came together today. They did a great job.''

The Cardinals were the top-ranked team in Division 1 throughout the season.

Sophomore Gabriela Pierobon Mays successfully defended her title in the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 55.04 seconds. Pierobon Mays was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay along with Chiara Pierobon Mays, Ally Silvestri and Berkley Smith. They won in a time of 1:42.92. The Cardinals’ 200 free relay team also won the event for the second straight season. Smith, Cora Mack, Hannah Aegerter and Caroline Hippen finished in 1:34.65.

The 400 freestyle relay of Aegerter, Hippen, Mack and Gabriela Pierobon Mays also took second in 3:25.16.

Other placewinners for MHS included

  • Gabriela Pierobon Mays, who was third in the 100 backstroke for the second consecutive year.
  • Freshman Ally Silvestri, who was third in the 100 breaststroke and tied for seventh in the 200 individual medley.
  • Junior Hannah Aegerter, who was fourth in the 200 freestyle.
  • Senior Caroline Hippen, who was fifth in the 100 and 200 freestyle.
  • Sophomore Alex Anagnostopoulos, who was fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
  • Junior Emily Keebler, who was sixth in the 200 individual medley.
  • Junior Cora Mack, who was sixth in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
  • Senior Eleanor Mackey, who was sixth in diving.
  • Junior Makenna Licking, who was seventh in the 500 freestyle.
  • Sophomore Berkley Smith, who was ninth in the 50 freestyle.
  • Senior Chiara Pierobon Mays, who was 15th in the 100 backstroke.