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Chesterton Boys set up for another IHSAA Sectional Swimming title

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It certainly wasn’t there best, but it was enough.

The Chesterton boys swim team will be the top seed in all but two events after the preliminary round of the IHSAA LaPorte Sectional on Thursday.

“We showed up and that’s about all we did tonight,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “It’s like we just came to qualify tonight and that’s not acceptable. It’s difficult to get them motivated for tonight, but we’re set up for Saturday.”

The finals will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“You try to get them prepared as much as you can and get ready for Thursday,” Kinel said. “They’ll be ready for Saturday and we’ll have to bring it and do what we are capable of. That’s for the money and they know that.”

The Trojans finished 1-2-3 in the 200 Free led by Justin Wallar. Wallar was followed to the wall by Nick Hanas and Ethan Wing.

The 200 IM trio of Nate Carlson, Andrew Alders and Danny Schmiegel also went 1-2-3 as did the 100 Free group of Wes Slaughter, Declan Tharp and Sam Kravitz.

In the 500 Free, Hanas took top honors with Wallar and Wing finishing 2-3.

“We had some solid prelim swims, but nothing great. Our emotion wasn’t there and that needs to change for Saturday,” Kinel said. “Declan Tharp’s swims were both lifetime bests. Gabe Kroeger’s backstroke was solid. Nate Carlson’s swims were solid too.”

Gary Kostbade will be the top seed for Chesterton in the 100 Fly and 100 Breaststroke.

“Gary did what he needed to do,” Kinel said. “This is always a fast Sectional. There are a lot of kids here, not just Chesterton, that are going to be close to that State Cut. That’ll make for some energy and fast races in the Finals.”

The Trojans are also the top seed in all three relays on Saturday.


Posted 2/17/2017





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