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Chesterton girls swim to 3rd place finish at IHSAA State Finals

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By TR HARLAN

With all the success over the years, the Chesterton girls swim team has set the bar a little higher.

“We’ve been fourth so many times and come up just short of cracking the top three,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said.

He won’t get to say it again.

The Trojans amassed 164 points and finished third overall Saturday at the IHSAA State Finals at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

“Going in we felt like second through seventh was going to be really tight,” Kinel said. “Our theme on Saturday was ‘forget about the times and just beat the person next to you’. It was just a great day.”

Chesterton started it’s run with a school record setting performance in the 200 Medley Relay. The Trojan quartet of Caylee Casbon, Cara Kroeger, Andrea Hanas and Vanessa Krause finished fourth in 1:44.31.

“With all our other teams in the past, I don’t know that we had this much parity,” Kinel said. “So many of these kids contribute and it shows. They really work on the details and it really paid off.”

Individually, the Trojans first points came from the duo of Lauryn Kallay (1:54.14) and Kelly Craig (1:54.36) as they finished 14th and 16th in the 200 Free.

“Lauryn was as good as you can expect from a freshman in everything she did today,” Kinel said. “You can swim as many big age-group meets as you want, but this is different.”

Cara Kroeger was the first Trojan to get into the final with an eighth place finish in the 200 IM (2:02.95). Kroeger would later finish ninth in the 100 Back (56.42).

“Cara’s come such a long way,” Kinel said. “She had to go back to back with the 200 Free Relay and 100 Back. Most people avoid it at all cost, but it’s all about the team with her. We knew it was going to be about points when she got in the water in the back and won that consolation final for us.”

Vanessa Krause finished fourth in the 50 Free in 23.30 seconds before teams took a break during Diving. After Diving, Krause came out immediately and finished third in the 100 Fly in a school-record time of 53.49 seconds.

“Vanessa was incredible on finals day,” Kinel said. “Her fly split in the Medley Relay was a half-second faster and allowed us to bump up. The 50 is so tough and to be fourth was great. A school record in the 100 Fly again is just a great accomplishment.”

Andrea Hanas bumped up five spots with a 10th place finish in the 100 Free to give the Trojans points as well.

“The biggest swim on Saturday might have been Andrea’s 100 Free,” Kinel said. “She dropped almost a second on prelim night and then almost won the consolation race. She bumped up five spots and that was huge.”

In the 500 Free, Amy Socha (5:01.28) and Kallay (5:02.39) finished 10th and 12th.

“Amy was so good in the 500 Free and great on relays,” Kinel said.

The 200 Free Relay group of Hanas, Kroeger, Craig and Kallay finished sixth overall in 1:26.22.

“We’ve got a program going, but you have to give the kids a lot of the credit,” Kinel said. “It’s so fun to see them come of age and swim great on the biggest stage. The kids were just great.”

As Kroeger finished ninth in the 100 Back, Caylee Casbon took 11th in a time of 57.89 seconds.

“On prelim night, Caylee breaking 57 (seconds) in the Back and then to finish 11th was just so big for us,” Kinel said. “Everything really played out as the day progressed. We got a point here and a point there. We got a touch out to bump up a spot in a couple of places.”

The day, and chance for a school best performance, came down to one race in the 400 Free Relay.

“It came down to us holding out the fifth place finish in the 400 Free Relay,” Kinel said. “We had a great leg in the 400 Free Relay lead leg from Vanessa when we had to have it.”

The trio of Socha, Craig and Kallay brought it home behind Krause in a school record time of 3:28.17.

“It’s funny, when I started here the 400 Free record was 4:01,” Kinel said. “Now we are swimming 3:28. All weekend it was all about the team for them. Right down to the end.

“We got more than just state meet experience this weekend. They were in the heat of the battle and they know what it takes. We’ll have a real good nucleus back next year.”

IHSAA State Finals

AT INDIANAPOLIS

Team Results

1. Carmel, 445; 2. Fishers, 179; 3. Chesterton, 164; 4. (tie) Zionsville and Crown Point, 163; 6. Columbus North, 114; 7. Hamilton Southeastern, 106; 8. Penn, 97; 9. Center Grove, 95; 10. Castle, 94; 11. Munster, 80; 12. Homestead, 55; 13. FW Carroll, 52; 14. Indianapolis North Central, 49; 15. Jay County, 47; 16. Northridge, 45; 17. Evansville Reitz, 40; 18. Avon, 34; 19. Wawasee, 31; 20. (tie) SB Riley and Floyd Central, 28; 22. (tie) Hamilton Heights and Noblesville, 20; 24. Lawrence North, 17; 25. (tie) Jeffersonville and Oak Hill, 16; 27. Centerville, 15; 28. McCutcheon, 14; 29. Bloomington South, 13; 30. Lake Central, 9; 31. Highland, 8; 32. (tie) Greenwood, Concord and South Adams, 7; 35. Warsaw, 5; 36. (tie) Plainfield, Westfield and FW Snider, 4; 39. (tie) SB St. Joseph’s and New Prairie, 2; 41. (tie) Elkhart Central and Mishawaka, 1.

Individual Results

200 Medley Relay -- 1. Carmel, 1:39.25 (STATE RECORD); 2. Crown Point, 1:41.71; 3. Columbus North, 1:43.20; 4. Chesterton (Caylee Casbon, Cara Kroeger, Vanessa Krause, Andrea Hanas), 1:44.31 (SCHOOL RECORD); 5. Fishers, 1:44.89; 6. Castle, 1:45.35; 7. Munster, 1:46.58.

200 Free -- 1. Claire Adams (Carmel), 1:45.78; 2. Emma Nordin (Carmel), 1:47.63; 3. Hannah Kukurugya (CP), 1:48.25; 4. Olivia Treski (Castle), 1:48.81; 5. Lauryn Parrish (Fishers), 1:48.87; 6. Kylie Mihok (Zionsville), 1:48.88; 7. Emily Saugstad (Center Grove), 1:49.76; 8. Emily Meckstroth (Penn), 1:51.21; 14. Lauryn Kallay ©, 1:54.14; 16. Kelly Craig ©, 1:54.36.

200 IM -- 1. Lillia King (Evansville Reitz), 1:59.24; 2. Sammie Burchill (Carmel), 1:59.66; 3. Taite Kitchel (Zionsville), 2:00.49; 4. Aly Tetzloff (CP) 2:00.82; 5. Lauren Edelman (Fishers), 2:00.98; 6. Nicole Smith (Munster), 2:02.58; 7. Alex Clarke (Carmel), 2:02.76; 8. Cara Kroeger ©, 2:02.95.

50 Free -- 1. Amy Bilquist (Carmel), 22;15 (STATE RECORD); 2. Kendall Smith (Carmel), 23.16; 3. Robyn Clevenger (HSE), 23.28; 4. Vanessa Krause ©, 23.30; 5. Grace Haskett (Columbus North), 23.48; 6. Christine Jensen (Castle), 23.65; 7. Courtney Krsel (FW Carroll), 23.73; 8. Meg Taylor (Floyd Central), 24.07.

1-Meter Diving -- 1. Brooke Schultz (Hamilton Heights), 563.65 (STATE RECORD); 2. Morgan Meixner (Lawrence North), 508.15; 3. Lexi Vincent (Oak Hill), 440.95; 4. Brooke Madden (Centerville), 439.00; 5. Kayla Luarde (Homestead), 438.25; 6. Dayana Popa (Noblesville), 430.75; 7. Blaire Wills (Homestead), 409.90; 8. Rachel Smallwood (Center Grove), 409.15.

100 Fly -- 1. Veronica Burchill (Carmel), 52.26 (STATE RECORD); 2. Aly Tetzloff (CP), 53.04; 3. Vanessa Krause ©, 53.49 (SCHOOL RECORD); 4. Christine Jensen (Castle), 53.96; 5. Breanna Robinson (Wawasee), 54.08; 6. Taite Kitchel (Zionsville), 54.15; 7. Nicole Smith (Munster), 54.30; 8. Peyton Mosbaugh (Carmel), 55.69; 17. Amy Socha ©, 56.79.

100 Free -- 1. Amy Bilquist (Carmel), 48.36 (STATE RECORD); 2. Kendall Smith (Carmel), 50.63; 3. Trude Roth rock (Carmel), 50.70; 4. Kylie Mihok (Zionsville), 50.90; 5. Lauryn Parrish (Fishers), 5.93; 6. Emily Saugstad (Center Grove), 51.08; 7. Gretta DeCoursey (Zionsville), 51.52; 8. Meg Taylor (Floyd Central), 51.83; 10. Andrea Hanas ©, 51.89.

500 Free -- 1. Emma Nordin (Carmel), 4:45.87; 2. Hannah Kukurugya (CP), 4:51.16; 3. Abbegayle Schneider (Fishers), 4:52.87; 4. Emily Meckstroth (Penn), 4:54.02; 5. Katie Hughes (Northridge), 4:57.97; 6. Morgan Grout (Carmel), 4:58.39; 7. Rachel Walker (Jeffersonville), 5:00.24; 8. Caroline Sheehan (Center Grove), 5:00.91; 10. Amy Socha ©, 5:01.28; 12. Lauryn Kallay ©, 5:02.39.

200 Free Relay -- 1. Carmel, 1:30.72 (STATE RECORD); 2. Crown Point, 1:34.27; 3. Zionsville, 1:34.95; 4. Hamilton Southeastern, 1:35.01; 5. Center Grove, 1:35.81; 6. Chesterton (Andrea Hanas, Cara Kroeger, Kelly Craig, Lauryn Kallay), 1:26.22; 7. FW Carroll, 1:36.68; 8. Penn, 1:36.94.

100 Back -- 1. Claire Adams (Carmel), 52.14; 2. Sammie Burchill (Carmel), 54.35; 3. Grace Haskett (Columbus North), 55.29; 4. Natalie Mudd (HSE), 55.56; 5. Anne Vormohr (Jay County), 55.79; 6. Breanna Robinson (Wawasee), 55.88; 7. Margaret Jahns (Fishers), 56.30; 8. Tessa Wrightson (Zionsville), 56.47; 9. Cara Kroeger ©, 56.42; 11. Caylee Casbon ©, 57.89.

100 Breast -- 1. Lillia King (Evansville Reitz), 59.70; 2. Alex Clarke (Carmel), 1:03.24; 3. Lauren Edelman (Fishers), 1:03.32; 4. Kelsi Artim (CP), 1:03.50; 5. Haley Harris (Carmel), 1:03.65; 6. Abigail Kirkpatrick (SB Riley), 1:04.04; 7. Marah Bieger (Columbus North), 1:04.99; 8. Madison Blakesley (SB Riley), 1:05.83; 20. Aubrey Wing ©, 1:07.27.

400 Free Relay -- 1. Carmel, 3:15.38 (STATE RECORD); 2. Zionsville, 3:25.36; 3. Hamilton Southeastern, 3:26.60; 4. Fishers, 3:26.64; 5. Chesterton (Vanessa Krause, Amy Socha, Lauryn Kallay, Kelly Craig), 3:28.17 (SCHOOL RECORD); 6. Columbus North, 3:30.60; 7. Indianapolis North Central, 3:31.67; 8. Penn, 3:32.61.

 

Posted 2/16/2015

 
 
 
 

 

 

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