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Chesterton Girls swim to 18th straight Sectional Championship

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By TR HARLAN

It was hard to tell the goal is next weekend.

The Chesterton girls swim team won all 11 swimming events and tallied 584 points en route to its 18th consecutive IHSAA Sectional title on Saturday at CHS.

Valparaiso (415) and Portage (314) finished second and third in the meet.

“Our big goal is State,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “We’re happy with this, but we know what we want to do next weekend. This was a great start and we set ourselves up pretty good.”

Chesterton finished 1-2-3 in six events Saturday.

“This was one of the best Sectionals we’ve had ever with the amount of kids we qualified and the time drops and records,” Kinel said. “This is a special group of kids and they’ve been willing to put in the work all year. We haven’t got all three kids to make the cut very often and we did it a few times today.”

The Trojans started the day on a hot note as the 200 Medley Relay group of Jaclyn Klimczak, Aubrey Wing, Amy Socha and Cara Kroeger broke the first of seven Sectional records for the Trojans with a winning time of 1:44.96.

Klimczak rode the momentum from the relay into a Sectional record setting victory in the 200 Free (1:50.15). Lauryn Kallay finished second (1:50.60) and hit the State Cut time as well.

“The 200 Free, with both girls going 1:50, is a little of a surprise at the Sectional,” Kinel said.

Kroeger kept the train rolling with a Sectional record win in the 200 IM (2:01.79), while Cameron Klimczak was second in a State Cut time of 2:06.31. Kroeger’s swim was also a pool record.

“With Cam’s IM, we were hoping to make the cut, and she crushed it,” Kinel said. “We had opportunities for our kids to qualify (for State) and we just swam great. To get a lot of other kids down is really, really big.”

Andrea Hanas won the 50 Free (23.76) ahead of Piper Downing and Sarah Schmipf going 2-3 in Diving to advance to Tuesday’s IHSAA Diving Regional.

Back into the pool, Socha led a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 Fly with a win in 55.71.

“The only way you finish high at State is by setting yourself up with good seeds and getting more kids out so you can use your depth to score some extra points,” Kinel said. “This has to put us in the ballpark.”

Hanas competed the double victory in the sprints with a win in the 100 Free in 51.88, just ahead of three Trojans qualifying for State in the 500 Free.

Kallay won in a Sectional record time of 4:56.94 with Socha finishing second (4:58.95) and Katie Craig getting third (5:04.79). Kallay’s swim was also a Pool and School record.

“Amy Socha’s two swims in the fly and then going that fast in the 500 Free,” Kinel said. “Both of Lauryn’s swims were great. Katie Craig going 5:04 and beating the State Cut in the 500 Free is a great swim.”

Chesterton’s second relay victory of the day came in the 200 Free from the quartet of Hanas, Kroeger, Cameron Kilmczak and Kallay in 1:35.31. It was a Sectional, Pool and School record.

“All of our relays were on today,” Kinel said. “We feel good about today and we’ll celebrate tonight and then it’s back to work. There are some things we can work on before next weekend.”

Kroeger finished her day in the 100 Back with a Sectional and Pool record swim of 55.38. Jaclyn Klimczak also hit the State Cut with a runner-up finish in 56.35.

“What can you say about Cara,” Kinel said. “Her last Sectionals and she breaks some of her own records and is in a good mindset for next week.”

The day’s most exciting race may have been the 100 Breaststroke where the top five finishers all earned State Cut times led by a 1-2-3 finish from the Trojans.

Jenn Gillen won the event in 1:05.00 followed by Wing (1:05.07) and Cameron Kleczka (1:05.14).

“Jenn Gillen had a great swim in the breaststroke,” Kinel said. “All of the breaststrokers were great. Aubrey set the Sectional record on Thursday and then all three shatter the State Cut.”

Chesterton put the final touches on the day in the 400 Free Relay as the team of Hanas, Kallay, Jaclyn Klimczak and Socha won in a Sectional and Pool record time of 3:28.49.

“This is what we felt like we were capable of,” Kinel said. “Now, I think they realize what they are capable of. Carmel all year has been way ahead of everybody. Second has been kind of up in the air and I think we’re one of those teams.”

IHSAA Sectional

AT CHESTERTON

Team Results

1. Chesterton, 584; 2. Valparaiso, 415; 3. Portage, 314; 4. Michigan City, 200; 5. Wheeler, 182; 6. LaPorte, 165; 7. Hobart, 159; 8. Merrillville, 63; 9. Knox, 52; 10. North Judson, 37; 11. Calumet, 26.

Individual Results

200 Medley Relay -- 1. Chesterton (Jaclyn Klimczak, Aubrey Wing, Amy Socha, Cara Kroeger), 1:44.96 (SECTIONAL RECORD); 2. Valparaiso, 1:48.24 (STATE CUT); 3. Portage, 1:55.52; 4. Wheeler, 1:55.99; 5. Hobart, 1:57.14; 6. LaPorte, 2:00.68; 7. Michigan City, 2:01.62; 8. Merrillville, 2:18.63.

200 Free -- 1. Jaclyn Klimczak ©, 1:50.15 (SECTIONAL RECORD, POOL RECORD); 2. Lauryn Kallay ©, 1:50.60 (STATE CUT); 3. Jacklyn Bontrager (V), 1:53.48; 4. Hannah Shepherd (V), 1:56.61; 5. Nancy Michko (P), 1:57.82; 6. Mackenzie Kirkham ©, 1:57.90; 7. Madeleine Nunn (L), 1:59.29; 8. Peyton Mahlmann (V), 2:00.57.

200 IM -- 1. Cara Kroeger ©, 2:01.79 (SECTIONAL RECORD, POOL RECORD); 2. Cameron Klimczak ©, 2:06.31 (STATE CUT); 3. Katie Craig ©, 2:08.55; 4. Elizabeth Simac (V), 2:09.64; 5. Gabi Gilliana (W), 2:10.64; 6. Kristyn Hoffmann (V), 2:14.14; 7. Cayla Breault (P), 2:16.95; 8. Paula Jimenez-Caseda (MC), 2:25.75.

50 Free -- 1. Andrea Hanas ©, 23.76; 2. Jadah Eshenaur ©, 24.71; 3. Abi Raines ©, 24.90; 4. Abigail Roberts (L), 25.59; 5. Hannah Tubbs (MC), 25.60; 6. Morganne Marrs (W), 25.63; 7. Sarah Hyska (MC), 26.45; 8. Francesca Flores (P), 26.63.

1-Meter Diving -- 1. Brooke McKeon (V), 440.70; 2. Piper Downing ©, 391.65; 3. Sarah Schmipf ©, 357.65; 4. Logan Ferngren (V), 334.75; 5. Sydney Ruiz (P), 326.80; 6. Mary Warner (V), 324.70; 7. Antonia Frech ©, 311.35; 8. Chloe Perkins (L), 299.10.

100 Fly -- 1. Amy Socha ©, 55.71; 2. Mackenzie Kirkham ©, 58.35; 3. Caylee Casbon ©, 58.39; 4. Marisa Johnson (V), 1:00.78; 5. Lea DeYoung (P), 1:01.42; 6. Morganne Marrs (W), 1:04.00; 7. Alexis McEwen (P), 1:05.74; 8. Avery Johnston (P), 1:07.92.

100 Free -- 1. Andrea Hanas ©, 51.88; 2. Jacklyn Bontrager (V), 53.65; 3. Jadah Eshenaur ©, 53.86; 4. Abi Raines ©, 54.19; 5. Grace Cobble (V), 54.81; 6. Cayla Breault (P), 56.32; 7. Abigail Roberts (L), 57.25; 8. Amanda Kowalski (H), 58.04..

500 Free -- 1. Lauryn Kallay ©, 4:56.94 (SECTIONAL RECORD, POOL RECORD, SCHOOL RECORD); 2. Amy Socha ©, 4:58.95 (STATE CUT); 3. Katie Craig ©, 5:04.79 (STATE CUT); 4. Nancy Michko ©, 5:14.43; 5. Hannah Shepherd (V), 5:14.60; 6. Madeleine Nunn (L), 5:15.08; 7. Peyton Mahlmann (V), 5:33.04; 8. Erin Burke (P), 5:44.74.

200 Free Relay -- 1. Chesterton (Andrea Hanas, Cara Kroeger, Cameron Klimczak, Lauryn Kallay), 1:35.31 (SECTIONAL RECORD, POOL RECORD, SCHOOL RECORD); 2. Valparaiso, 1:43.35; 3. Portage, 1:46.05; 4. Hobart, 1:46.88; 5. Wheeler, 1:51.48; 6. Michigan City, 1:54.99; 7. LaPorte, 1:55.27; 8. Merrillville, 1:57.93.

100 Back -- 1. Cara Kroeger ©, 55.38 (SECTIONAL RECORD, POOL RECORD); 2. Jaclyn Klimczak ©, 56.35 (STATE CUT); 3. Caylee Casbon ©, 58.71; 4. Kristyn Hoffmann (V), 59.46; 5. Hannah Tubbs (MC), 1:02.28; 6. Grace Cobble (V), 1:02.30; 7. Madison Simac (V), 1:03.99; 8. Lea DeYoung (P), 1:05.96.

100 Breast -- 1. Jenn Gillen ©, 1:05.00 (SECTIONAL RECORD); 2. Aubrey Wing ©, 1:05.07 (STATE CUT); 3. Cameron Klimczak ©, 1:05.14 (STATE CUT); 4. Elizabeth Simac (V), 1:05.35 (STATE CUT); 5. Gabi Gilliana (W), 1:05.57 (STATE CUT); 6. Avery Johnston (P), 1:10.02; 7. Amanda Kowalsky (H), 1:11.55; 8. Daniela Demko (P), 1:12.23.

400 Free Relay -- 1. Chesterton (Andrea Hanas, Lauryn Kallay, Jaclyn Klimczak, Amy Socha), 3:28.49 (SECTIONAL RECORD, POOL RECORD); 2. Valparaiso, 3:36.48; 3. Portage, 3:46.75; 4. Michigan City, 3:52.95; 5. LaPorte, 4:01.33; 6. Hobart, 4:16.96; 7. Wheeler, 4:18.66; 8. Knox, 5:08.87.

 

Posted 2/76/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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