Chesterton Tribune

 

 

Chesterton girls swimming team finishes school-best runnerup at IHSAA State Finals

Back To Front Page

 

By TR HARLAN

Depth doesn’t always refer to how deep the water is.

Already a storied program, the Chesterton girls swim team added another chapter over the weekend with school-best runner-up finish in the IHSAA State Finals in Indianapolis.

“The goal all season was to try to be runner-up,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “The girls really kept their eye on the prize all season. We knew that prelim night, we had to get it done to be in position. We really turned it on then just held our spots on Saturday.”

The Trojans set themselves up for the finish on Friday night in the Prelims by breaking four school records.

“We were almost perfect Friday night,” Kinel said. “Cara (Kroeger) broke the 200 IM record. Lauryn (Kallay) broke the 500 Free and Aubrey (Wing) broke her own record in the 100 Breaststroke. The 200 Free Relay broke the school record too.

“After Friday night, we had a pretty substantial lead and I think they realized it. It shows you that if you really want something bad enough, you can find a way.”

Once the finals started on Saturday, the Trojans needed to just hold their seeds, but it wasn’t without obstacles.

“Cara slipped off the block in the Medley Relay and just had enough guts and strength to get us where we finished,” Kinel said. “Andrea (Hanas) slid back and flopped off the block in the 100 Free. She just gutted it out and tried to catch everybody. We had some of that stuff going on and just found a way.”

The Trojans’ top finish was fifth place by Kallay in the 500 Free (4:56.99). The 200 Free Relay group of Hanas, Kroeger, Cameron Klimczak and Kallay also finished fifth in 1:35.82.

Sixth place finishers included Jaclyn Klimczak in the 200 Free (1:50.69) and the 100 Back (56.47), along with Kroeger in the 200 IM (2:02.40).

“Jaclyn’s 100 Back and her 200 Free were big,” Kinel said. “She’s been coming on. On Friday, she didn’t get much rest, but it was unbelievable to go on your best time with just about three minutes of rest.”

The 400 Free Relay of Hanas, Amy Socha, Jaclyn Klimczak and Kallay also finished sixth in 3:29.37.

“We knew we weren’t going to win events, but could group kids up there,” Kinel said. “Our depth has always been there. It’s been quality depth the last few weeks. A lot of these kids remember being third by 1 point last year and it was a real motivator.”

Other finalists included seventh place finishes by the 200 Medley Relay group of Kroeger, Jaclyn Klimczak, Socha and Wing (1:45.77) and Kallay in the 200 Free (1:50.77).

Eighth place point scorers were Socha in the 100 Fly (56.55) and Kroeger in the 100 Back (56.59).

“Cara getting in the finals in two events, with Jaclyn and Lauryn doing it too, was huge,” Kinel said. “Amy finalling one and just missing the other was big, just like getting all three relays in the finals.”

Consolation points were big thanks in part to the trio of Wing’s 10th place finish in the 100 Breaststroke (1:05.27), Socha’s 11th place finish in the 500 Free (5:00.30) and Jenn Gillen’s 12th place finish in the 100 Breaststroke (1:05.80).

“Our breaststrokers bumping up in the consolations were a pair of great swims,” Kinel said.

The final point scorer for the Trojans was Hanas with a 13th in the 100 Free (52.31) and a 14th in the 50 Free (23.85).

“Andrea Hanas getting in the conso’s for the 50 and 100 Free and being such a big part of our relays was huge this weekend,” Kinel said. “It was an emotional day, especially for the seniors. When this group were freshman, it was apparent they were a special group. They are a group that just really cares for each other and takes care of each other. They are such a tight knit group.

“It’s not surprising that this is the group that got it done. They are really talented. Hopefully, it’ll rub off on some of the younger kids. It got really emotional for the seniors as it came to an end.”

The finish may push the Trojans to another level as they look to be the first team to defeat Carmel’s streak of 31 straight state championships.

“We’ve never been able to get this done team wise before,” Kinel said. “We’ve had a lot of state champions, it was fun to really see this group come through.”

And the cupboard won’t be bare when next season gets started.

“The way this works, we’ve got a great club program that keeps sending us great kids,” Kinel said. “We’ve got a lot of talent coming back. We had some awfully good kids that didn’t make our Sectional lineup and next year will be their time.

“Our coaches were so good this year, and the club program, it’ll just get our entire swim community excited to reach for the next level.”

IHSAA State Finals

AT INDIANAPOLIS

Team Results

1. Carmel, 386.5; 2. Chesterton, 189; 3. Fishers, 151; 4. Bloomington South, 143; 5. Penn, 139; 6. Northridge, 126; 7. FW Carroll, 120; 8. Indpls. North Central, 97; 9. Hamilton Southeastern, 93.5; 10. Zionsville, 87; 11. Homestead, 84; 12. Franklin, 83; 13. SB Riley, 69; 14. Yorktown, 66; 15. (tie) SB St. Joseph and Crown Point, 59; 17. Castle, 57; 18. Evansville Reitz, 33; 19. (tie) Avon and Warsaw, 26; 21. Munster, 25; 22. Wawasee, 24; 23. Hamilton Heights, 20; 24. Jeffersonville, 15; 25. Plainfield, 13; 26. (tie) Jay County, International and Columbus North, 12; 29. Valparaiso, 9; 30. Bloomington North, 8; 31. Trinity Lutheran, 7; 32. (tie) Indpls. Brebeuf and Noblesville, 6; 34. (tie) Franklin Central, FW Snider and Mt. Vernon, 5; 37. (tie) Lawrence North, Oak Hill, Elkhart Central and Cascade, 4; 41. (tie) Westfield and Lake Central, 3; 43. Greenfield Central, 2; 44. Wheeler, 1.

Individual Results

200 Medley Relay -- 1. Carmel, 1:41.23; 2. Bloomington South, 1:42.71; 3. Penn, 1:42.95; 4. Yorktown, 1:43.78; 5. Hamilton Southeastern, 1:44.80; 6. SB St. Joseph, 1:45.08; 7. Chesterton (Cara Kroeger, Jaclyn Klimczak, Aubrey Wing, Amy Socha), 1:45.77; 8. Franklin, 1:46.24.

200 Free -- 1. Emma Nordin (Carmel), 1:47.08; 2. Trude Rothrock (Carmel), 1:47.68; 3. Lauryn Parrish (Fishers), 1:48.39; 4. Megan Johnson (Homestead), 1:49.50; 5. Carla Gildersleeve (Franklin), 1:50.51; 6. Jaclyn Klimczak (CHS), 1:50.69; 7. Lauryn Kallay (CHS), 1:50.77; 8. Paige Miller (Wawasee), 1:51.72.

200 IM -- 1. Sammie Burchill (Carmel), 1:56.67 (STATE RECORD); 2. Hannah Kukurugya (Crown Point), 1:59.08; 3. Kelly Pash (Carmel), 2:00.32; 4. Mackenzie Looze (Bloomington South), 2:01.58; 5. Emily Weiss (Yorktown), 2:01.84; 6. Cara Kroeger (CHS), 2:02.40; 7. Abigail Kirkpatrick (SB Riley), 2:02.767; 8. Natalie Myers (Avon), 2:03.80; 28. Cameron Klimczak (CHS), 2:12.32.

50 Free -- 1. Grace Haskett (Bloomington South), 22.77; 2. Tessa Wrightson (Zionsville), 23.18; 3. Grace Pangburn (Carmel), 23.45; 4. Elizabeth Broshears (Evansville Reitz), 23.59; 5. Abigail Johnston (FW Carroll), 23.62; 6. Brenna Morgan (Warsaw), 23.67; 7. Madison Blakesley (SB Riley), 23.76; 8. Madilyn Ziegert (Penn), 23.90; 14. Andrea Hanas (CHS), 23.85.

1-Meter Diving -- 1. Ivy Houser (Hamilton Heights), 535.80; 2. Jackie Brenn (Homestead), 528.35; 3. Sara Troyer (Northridge), 487.00; 4. Maddie Folta (Fishers), 476.35; 5. Mallory Walker (Homestead), 450.40; 6. Kristina Zick (Plainfield), 446.85; 7. Evie Geier (International), 446.65; 8. Kayla Luarde (Homestead), 445.50; 21. Piper Downing (CHS), 172.40.

100 Fly -- 1. Trude Rothrock (Carmel), 52.97; 2. Hannah Kukurugya (Crown Point), 53.33; 3. Carla Gildersleeve (Franklin), 54.68; 4. Caroline Schultz (Carmel), 55.17; 5. Abigail Johnston (FW Carroll), 55.27; 6. Hannah Pugh (Hamilton Southeastern), 55.71; 7. Elizabeth Broshears (Evansville Reitz), 56.19; 8. Amy Socha (CHS), 56.55.

100 Free -- 1. Kelly Pash (Carmel), 49.41; 2. Megan Johnson (Homestead), 50.16; 3. Lauryn Parrish (Fishers), 51.03; 4. Natalie Myers (Avon), 51.15; 5. Meagan Ronci (Penn), 51.21; 6. Brenna Morgan (Warsaw), 51.60; 7. Whitney Brown (Castle), 52.15; 8. Celina German (Bloomington South), 52.18; 13. Andrea Hanas (CHS), 52.31.

500 Free -- 1. Emma Nordin (Carmel), 4:45.32; 2. Katie Dougherty (Carmel), 4:53.58; 3. Katie Hughes (Northridge), 4:54.06; 4. Samantha Hietpas (Fishers), 4:56.26; 5. Lauryn Kallay (CHS), 4:56.99; 6. Paige Miller (Wawasee), 4:58.78; 7. Rachel Walker (Jeffersonville), 4:59.64; 8. Morgan Booth (Fishers), 5:04.71; 11. Amy Socha (CHS), 5:00.30; 17. Katie Craig (CHS), 5:04.64.

200 Free Relay -- 1. Carmel, 1:33.01; 2. Indpls. North Central, 1:34.72; 3. Fishers, 1:35.35; 4. Penn, 1:35.44; 5. Chesterton (Andrea Hanas, Cara Kroeger, Cameron Klimczak, Lauryn Kallay), 1:35.82; 6. FW Carroll, 1:36.05; 7. Northridge, 1:36.91.

100 Back -- 1. Grace Haskett (Bloomington South), 53.38; 2. Sammie Burchill (Carmel), 53.71; 3. Tessa Wrightson (Zionsville), 54.27; 4. Whitney Brown (Castle), 56.03; 5. Grace Pangburn (Carmel), 56.16; 6. Jaclyn Klimczak (CHS), 56.47; 7. Abigail Harter (Hamilton Southeastern), 56.50; 8. Cara Kroeger (CHS), 56.59.

100 Breast -- 1. Emily Weiss (Yorktown), 59.37 (STATE RECORD); 2. Aislinn Walsh (SB St. Joseph), 1:01.61; 3. Abigail Kirkpatrick (SB Riley), 1:02.43; 4. Kionna Clayton (Penn), 1:03.14; 5. Grace Estabrook (Carmel), 1:03.47; 6. Madison Blakesley (SB Riley), 1:04.07; 7. Alex Bader (Jay County), 1:04.19; 8. Hope Christy (Indpls. North Central), 1:04.66; 10. Aubrey Wing (CHS), 1:05.27; 12. Jenn Gillen (CHS), 1:05.80.

400 Free Relay -- 1. Carmel, 3:19.10; 2. FW Carroll, 3:26.52; 3. Penn, 3:27.19; 4. Bloomington South, 3:28.41; 5. Indpls. North Central, 3:28.74; 6. Chesterton (Andrea Hanas, Amy Socha, Jaclyn Klimczak, Lauryn Kallay), 3:29.37; 7. Northridge, 3:31.15; 8. Franklin, 3:31.22.

 

Posted 2/13/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Search This Site:

Custom Search