MIDDLETON, Wis. - On a big day for Beloit Memorial's relay teams, the best performance of all was by the 400-yard freestyle foursome of Ben Saladar, C.J. Light, Anthony Jacobson and Nathan Sill.
They not only qualified for the WIAA State Meet in Saturday's Middleton Sectional, they set a new varsity school record in the process. Competing in the roughest sectional in Wisconsin, they finished fourth in 3:15.07. In the event, Ben Saladar set a new sophomore record of :48.21, second fastest all-time.
For the third year in a row, all three Beloit relays qualified for state as well as Ben Saladar in the 100 butterfly. Saladar was seventh in 53.97 (fourth-fastest in school history).
The Purple Tide posted 29-of-30 best times. They scored in every event and placed in all three relays, with Ben Saladar and Eli Miller joining them on the podium.
Miller placed seventh in diving with 239.30 points.
The 200 medley relay of Jacobson, Ben Leavy, Ben Saladar and Nathan Sill finished sixth in 1:40.75, the fourth-fastest time in school history.
The 200 free relay of Ben Saladar, Light, Max Saladar and Nathan Sill was sixth in 1:30.12, the third-fastest time in school history. Saladar's time of 22.21 was a sophomore record, eighth fastest in school history.
• In other events:
Jacobson was 13th in the 200 IM in 2:03.31, fifth-fastest in school history and a three-second improvement.
Nathan Sill finished ninth in the 50 free in 22.34, cracking the top 20 all-time.
Light was 13th in the 100 free in 49.88, the ninth-fastest in school history.,
Jacobson finished 11th in the 500 free in 5:02.73, the seventh-fastest in school history.
In the 100 breaststroke, Ben Levy finished 13th (1:03.91) and Max Saldar was 15th (1:06.40).
In addition to Saladar's seventh-place finish in the 100 fly, Ben Levy was 14th (57.96) and Kana Wong was 16th (58.88).
• NIC-10: Hononegah outscored Rockford Guilford, 254-229, to capture a ninth straight NIC-10 championship Saturday at Rockford Jefferson. The nine straight titles is the longest in any current sport in the NIC-10.
Camden Leonard won two individual titles for the second straight season, capturing first in the 200 individual medley (2:03.08) and the 100 free (48.09).
Daniel Rebban started off by easily winning the diving competition with 340.90 points.
The Indians also won the 200 medley relay (1:43.11), finished second in the 400 free relay and fourth in the 200 free relay.
Jacob McCabe was second in the 100-butterfly and 50 free, Jalen Stimes was third in the 100 backstroke, Zain Miles was fourth in the 200 IM, Sam Hayag was fifth in the 50 free, Zach Hale and Lucas Hale were 4-5 in the 100 breaststroke and Matthew Nowicki was sixth in the 100 butterfly.