ONALASKA, Wis. -

Calvin Hulse on Saturday will become just the second athlete from the Holmen/Onalaska boys swimming program to ever compete at state.

Hulse won the sectional championship in the 50-yard freestyle and is an automatic state qualifier.

Since state is brand new experience, Hulse is doing his best to prepare for the big stage.

"Don't really know what to expect," Hulse said prior to his practice on Wednesday. "Trying to look at pictures and see what the (UW) Natatorium looks like to mentally prepare and kind of visualize myself behind the blocks."

The success Hulse has had his sophomore season comes as no surprise to his head coach Corey Mukai.

"Last year he did a lot of really, really good things. And then at the beginning of this year he expressed to me when we talk about goals saying he wanted to go to state. At the 50 Free we looked at it, looked at a couple of times, figured out where what was needed to go and halfway through the season he was right about there."

Both Mukai and Hulse agree improvements could still come at state to his time of 22.17-seconds posted at sectionals.

"I didn't feel like I went as fast as I should have at sectionals," said Hulse. "I felt a little bit tired and not everything was lined up right like I wanted it to be. But definitely at state one of my goals is to make the podium and the top eight. And I think that's possible."