Relays shine for Purple Tide

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Photo courtesy of Tim Moore Ben Saladar of Beloit Memorial qualifies for the state meet in the 100 butterfly Saturday at the BMHS Natatorium.

BELOIT - One thing is for certain, competing in their own WIAA Division 1 Beloit Sectional should have Beloit Memorial's boys swimming team prepared for what they'll see in the State Championships in Madison.

The Beloit Natorium hosted the toughest sectional in Wisconsin on Saturday.

For example, in the 100 butterfly, a dozen of the 24 qualifiers in D-1 will come out of the Beloit Sectional.

The Purple Tide had an outstanding day, with 17 of 18 lifetime bests on individual swims and all three relays posting season bests. All three of those relays qualified for the state meet along with 100 butterflier Ben Saladar.

Beloit's best finishes were sevenths by two relays. The 200 medley relay of Ben Saladar, Anthony Jacobson, Adrian Sowicz and Nathan Sill finished seventh in a school-record 1:39.70. They broke a 28-year-old record in qualifying for State.

The 200 freestyle relay of Sowicz, Kyle Raisbeck, Will Klobucar and Sill was seventh in a State-qualifying 1:30.15. That's the third fastest time in school history.

Beloit's 400 free relay of Ben Salasar, Jacobson, Jim Santans and Sill qualified for State by finishing eighth in 3:19.25. It was the second-fastest time in school history.

Saladar, a freshman, was the lone individual qualifier. His time of 54.01 gave him 11th place, but it was also good enough to qualify for State. It broke the school's freshman record and was the fourth-fastest in school history.

Jacobson also set a new freshman record and his 13th-place time of 2:05.56 in the 200 IM and was ninth fastest in school history.

Sill was 10th in the 50 free with a time of 22.47. Klobucar was 12th in 22.91.

In the 100 free, Sowicz was 10th in 50.33, Santas was 11th in 50.62 and Raisbeck was 13th in 51.54.

Tyler Davis was 14th in 5:07.93 in the 500 free, good for eighth fastest in school history.

• NOTES: Madison West won the sectional title with 392 points. Middleton was next with 357, followed by Madison Memorial (349), Sauk Prairie (203), Verona/Mount Horeb (102), Sun Prairie (191), Waunakee (163), Beloit (112), Janesville Parker (74), Janesville Craig (53), Madison East (47) and La Follette (30). ..The Tide qualifiers will compete in the WIAA State Championships in Madison at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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