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Alders wins State Title, Trojan boys Swim team finishes third at State

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By CJ PETERS

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the first 50 yards of the 100-yard breaststroke, Chesterton senior Andrew Alders was in fifth place.

Twenty-five yards later, Alders had put himself in position to win a state title at Saturday’s boys swimming state meet at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

The Trojans senior would out-touch defending champion Munster’s Kyle Adams, clocking 54.65 seconds to Adams’ 54.78 to win a state championship.

“He just kept going,” Chesterton coach Mat Pavlovich said. “It just shows you to swim your own race and to believe in yourself. At 75 yards they were even then it’s like ‘wow, he’s got a shot’ and then at the end it’s like ‘he’s got it’, just unbelievable.”

Alders said the emotions of his last high-school swim came over him following his swim.

“I did cry for a little bit,” he said. “I still can’t believe it, it’s unreal. This feeling is crazy to me. When I looked up at the (video) board it’s like ‘no way!’ It’s unreal to go out this way in my last swim as a Chesterton Trojan.

“Being a part of this program means everything to me. They’ve instilled such a good culture, leadership, responsibility, all of that. Going from (former) coach (Kevin) Kinel who’s an awesome, awesome coach to Coach Pav, who’s a great coach as a wellÉ, we didn’t skip a beat.”

Alders said there wasn’t really a strategy to the race other than to “swim as fast as I can.”

“The biggest part for me was being strong on the surface, but my underwaters, the pullouts, I think that’s where I got them,” Alders said. “Seeing everybody right there, turning with them, it motivated me to try to push past them. This was easily my best swim, ever.”

Alders added a seventh in the 100-freestyle and was on the Trojans’ fourth-place 200 medley relay with Alejandro Kincaid, Connor Casbon and Lucas Piunti and the seventh-place 200 free relay with Gabriel Kroeger, Carter Casbon and Gabriel Eschbach.

Prior to this year, Alders hadn’t swum the breaststroke at the state meet.

“He’s swum a lot of events through the years but the breaststroke to me, is his best stroke, I think he’s awesome at it,” Pavlovich said. “Even not having swum this event at state before, we felt like with his work ethic, we could just keep getting him faster and faster. It was a beautiful thing and a well-deserved swim for him. It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving kid, either.

“Any time you’re kind of the underdog and you win a state championship, it’s special, kind of euphoric. He had tears in his eyes crying saying ‘thank you’ to me, he’s just a really nice, great kid from a great family.”

The Trojans were third overall as a team scoring 163 points, securing their highest finish since winning state in 2014. Carmel won its sixth straight crown with 331, while Munster was runner-up with 183.

Adding a pair of top-five finishes were senior Jordan Killosky, who clocked 4 minutes, 32.06 seconds in the 500-free and Piunti, who clocked 1:48.26 in the 200 individual medley. Kincaid went 49.63 to earn sixth in the 100-back, an event Piunti was 11th in.

“Third’s great and we would have liked to be second, but we really did swim pretty well,” Pavlovich said. “Jordan going 4:32, that’s a two second cut from prelims. Alejandro got his first medal ever and went 51, but did go 48 seconds at prelims. There’s a lot to be proud of.”

For Killosky, he said it was a six-second drop from his previous season-best and four seconds better than his state time last year.

“It’s pretty nice to go out like that,” Killosky said of his final swim. “Coming into state, I was debating if I’d even make the finals or not. Making it up to fifth was pretty cool and I did shock myself, I was so surprised. I felt pretty good in prelims but didn’t know how much further I could go and ended up cutting two seconds off.

“I didn’t go out with everybody else (in the 500 free) and focused like I wasn’t at the state meet. I just raced my own race and I knew if I did that then the results will happen.”

Rounding out state finishers for the Trojans were: Eschbach (15th in 200 free, 9th in 500 free), Connor Casbon (10th in 100 fly), Carter Casbon (21st in 200 IM), Kroeger (28th in 100 free), Eric Carlson (27th in 500 free) and Kincaid (15th in 100 fly). Eschbach, Kroeger, Kincaid and Piunti teamed up to end the meet with a 12th-place finish in the 200 free relay.

“I saw fight (Saturday),” Alders said. “Everybody was swimming out of this world. I couldn’t be more proud of this team.”

IHSAA State Finals

AT IU NATATORIUM

Team Results

1. Carmel 331, 2. Munster 183, 3. Chesterton 163, 4. Fishers 158, 5. Zionsville 145, T6. Penn, Hamilton Southeastern 136, 8. Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 122, T9. Franklin Community, Center Grove 103, 11. Homestead 98.5, 12. Delta 50, 13. Avon 44, 14. Greenfield-Central 43.5, 15. Boonville 40, 16. Northridge 39.5, T17. Brownsburg, Plainfield 36, T19. Floyd Central, Lawrence North 32, 21. Ft. Wayne Concordia 28, T22. Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Franklin Central 18, 24. Valparaiso 17, T26. Columbus North, New Palestine 16, 28. Eastern (Greentown) 15, 29. Danville 14, 30. Jeffersonville 11, 31. Evansville Reitz 10, T32. Seymour, Bedford North Lawrence, Crown Point 9, 35. South Bend Riley 8.5, 36. Bloomington North 8, T37. Warsaw, Lake Central 7, 39. North Central (Indianapolis) 6, 40. McCutcheon 5.5, 41. Maconaquah 5, 42. South Putnam 4, 43. Martinsville 3, 44. South Bend St. Joseph 2.5, T45. Elkhart Central, Northeast Dubois, Southport 2, T48. NorthWood, Concord 1.

Individual Results

200 MEDLEY RELAY -- 1. Carmel 1:27.94 (State record), 2. Munster 1:28.96, 3. Zionsville 1:30.02, 4. Chesterton (Alejandro Kincaid, Andrew Alders, Connor Casbon, Lucas Piunti) 1:30.72, 5. Penn 1:31.91, 6. Center Grove 1:34.12, 7. Hamilton Southeastern 1:34.56, -- Franklin Community (DQ).

200 FREESTYLE -- 1. Jake Mitchell (CARM) 1:34.05, 2. Keegan Streett (HSE) 1:37.08, 3. McKillip Ratzlaff (FCO) 1:37.24, 4. Jackson Carlile (FISH) 1:39.02, 5. Aaron Frollo (FISH) 1:39.30, 6. Jackson VanWanzeele (PFLD) 1:39.46, 7. Kayden Lancaster (CARM) 1:41.19, 8. Charlie King (AVON) 1:41.28, 15. Gabriel Eschbach (CHES) 1:43.45, 18. Jordan Killosky (CHES) 1:43.51.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY -- 1. Wyatt Davis (CARM) 1:44.17 (State record), 2. Gus Rothrock (CARM) 1:47.65, 3. Cade Oliver (FCO) 1:47.82, 4. Holden Raffin (MUN) 1:48.09, 5. Piunti (CHES) 1:48.26, 6. Ryan Malicki (CARM) 1:49.41, 7. Cameron Luarde (HMST), 8. Kyle Ponsler (FISH) 1:50.43, 21. Carter Casbon (CHES) 1:56.45.

50 FREE -- 1. Braden Rollins (BOO) 20.20, 2. Ethan Martin (CGRV) 20.41, 3. Tristan DeWitt (CFW) 20.69, 4. Travis Black (GCEN) 20.66, 5. Finlay Brooks (FWC) 20.75, 6. Braden Samuels (DELT) 20.77, 7. Nathan Boomershine (FCEN) 20.87, 8. Austin Kehr (BRON) 20.88.

DIVING -- 1. Sam Bennett (DELT) 500.10, 2. Jack Schwartz (VAL) 485.30, 3. Colin Stacey (NPAL) 470.40, 4. Porter Brovont (ESGR) 457.90, 5. Holden Higbie (DANC) 456.70, 6. William Jansen (FISH) 456.35, 7. Sebastian Otero (FISH) 442.35, 8. AJ Ricafort (HSE) 439.85.

100 BUTTERFLY -- 1. DeWitt (CFW) 47.07, 2. VanWanzeele (PFLD) 48.72, 3. Grant Afman (MUN) 48.77, 4. Rothrock (CARM) 49.05, 5. Brooks (FWC) 49.26, 6. Joseph Radde (PENN) 49.59, 7. Charlie Krone (ZION) 50.53, 8. Carter Dilger (JEFF) 50.89, 10. Con. Casbon (CHES) 50.35, 15. Kincaid (CHES) 51.28,

100 FREESTYLE -- 1. Rollins (BOON) 43.84, 2. Samuels (DELT) 44.74, 3. Griffin Hadley (CARM) 44.81, 4. Ratzlaff (FCO) 45.04, 5. Streett (HSE) 45.23, 6. Martin (CGRV) 45.24, 7. Alders (CHES) 45.25, 8. Kehr (BRON) 45.98, 28. Gabriel Kroeger (CHES) 47.76.

500 FREESTYLE -- 1. Jake Mitchell (CARM) 4:14.68 (State record) 4:14.68, 2. Carlile (FISH) 4:25.59, 3. Frollo (FISH) 4:27.93, 4. Ponsler (FISH) 4:28.07, 5. Killosky (CHES) 4:32.06, 6. King (AVON) 4:33.05, 7. Griffin Poulsen (MUN) 4:34.37, 8. Lancaster (CARM) 4:36.75, 9. Eschbach (CHES) 4:36.44, 27. Eric Carlson (CHES) 4:50.80.

200 FREE RELAY -- 1. Penn 1:22.60, 2. Hamilton Southeastern 1:24.02, 2. Carroll (Fort Wayne) 1:24.02, 4. Carmel 1:24.52, 5. Center Grove 1:24.64, 6. Munster 1:24.95, 7. Chesterton (Alders, Kroeger, Car. Casbon, Eschbach) 1:25.01, 8. Franklin Community 1:25.71.

100 BACK -- 1. Davis (CARM) 45.80 (State record), 2. Modglin (ZION) 47.91, 3. Oliver (FCO) 48.53, 4. Raffin (MUN) 48.72, 5. Hadley (CARM) 48.77, 6. Kincaid (CHES) 49.63, 7. Dalton Lawver (FLC) 50.18, 8. Nolan Kopp (CARM) 50.55, 11. Piunti (CHES) 49.83.

100 BREAST -- 1. Alders (CHES) 54.65, 2. Kyle Adams (MUN) 54.78, 3. Malicki (CARM) 54.92, 4. Joey Garberick (NRID) 55.03, 5. Coleman Modglin (ZION) 55.26, 6. Aiden Tierney (MVFV) 56.37, 7. Luarde (HMST) 57.10, 8. Spencer Koehrn (HMST) 57.58.

400 FREE RELAY -- 1. Carmel 2:56.36 (State record), 2. Zionsville 3:04.36, 3. Carroll (Fort Wayne) 3:05.15, 4. Munster 3:05.80, 5. Hamilton Southeastern 3:06.28, 6. Fishers 3:06.82, 7. Penn 3:07.99, 8. Homestead 3:09.28, 12. Chesterton (Eschbach, Kroeger, Kincaid, Piunti), 3:10.59.

 

 

Posted 3/2/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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