Purple Tide tunes for sectional

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  • Photo courtesy of Tim Moore Beloit Memorial's Ben Saladar finished eighth in the 100 butterfly Saturday.

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    Photo courtesy of Tim Moore BMHS senior Kyle Raisbeck competes in the 100 freestyle.

  • Photo courtesy of Tim Moore Beloit Memorial's Ben Saladar finished eighth in the 100 butterfly Saturday.

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    Photo courtesy of Tim Moore BMHS senior Kyle Raisbeck competes in the 100 freestyle.

BELOIT - With an all-important WIAA sectional meet in the same pool coming up this Saturday, Beloit Memorial's boys swimming team had a solid effort in the Big Eight Conference Championships this past Saturday at home.

The Purple Tide placed a relay and an individual in the top eight in the super-stocked meet. Beloit also had several swimmers finish in the top 16 and several swims making the Tide's all-time list.

The team of Ben Saladar, Anthony Jacobson, Adrian Sowicz and Nathan Sill finished eighth in the 200 medley relay in 1:43.91.

Ben Saladar was seventh in the 100 butterfly in 54.92 seconds, earning all-Big Eight honorable mention.

Anthony Jacobson set a new freshman record in the 200 IM with a 2:08.67 clocking, good enough for 11th and reaching the top 15 All-Time for the Tide.

The 400 free relay A team of Ben Saladar, Anthony Jacobson, Jim Santas and Nathan Sill was 9th with a time of 3:26.63, ninth all-time in Tide records.

Madison West, ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin, set four Big Eight records on Saturday and claimed its second consecutive Big Eight championship.

The Regents won six of 12 events and totaled 597 points, followed by Madison Memorial (542.5) and Middleton (514.5).

The Madison West boys swimming team, ranked No. 1 in the state, set four Big Eight Conference records on Saturday and claimed its second consecutive Big Eight championship on Saturday at Beloit Memorial.

West broke a pair of relay records. Juniors Wes Jekel and Henry Miller, senior Lain Weaver and sophomore Charlie Feller won the 200 medley relay (1:34.02), and senior Matthew Fernandez, Jekel, sophomore Casey Isaac and Weaver won the 400 freestyle relay (3:10.27).

Weaver also set a Big Eight record in the 100 free (:46.22), and won the 200 individual medley (1:56.83). Jekel set a conference record in the 100 backstroke (:50.96). Junior Henry Miller won the 100 breaststroke (:58.50).

Verona-Mount Horeb was fourth with 208 points, followed by Sun Prairie (182), Beloit Memorial (123), Janesville Parker (39), Madison East (36) and Janesville Craig (23),

• Other highlights for Beloit:

200 Medley Relay: B Relay, 11, (Jim Santas, Ben Levy, Ryan Santas, Will Klobucar), 1:48.64.

50 Free: 13, Adrian Sowicz, 23.16; 14, Nathan Sill, 23.18; 15, Will Klobucar, 23.57.

500 Free: Tyler Davis (Top 20 All-Time TIDE), 5:16.67.

200 Free Relay: A Relay, 9, (Adrian Sowicz, Kyle Raisbeck, Will Klobucar, Nathan Sill), 1:32.93.

B Relay, 10, (CJ Light, Ryan Santas, Tyler Davis, Jim Santas), 1:37.51.

100 Back: 11, Ben Saladar, 58.13.

400 Free Relay: B Relay, 13, (Kyle Raisbeck, CJ Light, Tyler Davis, Will Klobucar), 3:37.60.

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