The names have
changed, in some cases, but the optimism never does.
The Chesterton boys
swim team will start its trek to the IHSAA State Finals on Saturday when
they host Northridge beginning at 11 a.m.
“We have really
nice nucleus coming back and a solid feeder group from the swim club,”
Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “We have a good mix.”
Seniors Ethan Wing,
Declan Tharp and Danny Schmiegel, along with junior Andrew Alders spearhead
the Trojan lineup.
“All those guys
have State Finals experience,” Kinel said. “Andrew and Ethan both were in
the finals of a couple events. Declan and Danny, along with Gabe Kroeger,
were all parts of relays.”
Also in the junior
class, Kinel should see contributions from Jack Wheele and Jordan Killosky.
“We have to get
these guys to get the culture going,” Kinel said. “Those older guys are gone
now and it’s their turn to step up now.
The sophomores will
feature Lucas Piunti, Danny Vear, Eric Carlson, Bryce Jones, Evan Dildine,
Hunter Carlson, Ryan Schlyer, Carter Casbon and Connor Casbon.
“We’ve had an
awesome conditioning period leading into the start of the season,” Kinel
said. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work, so that’s good.”
In the freshman
class, look for Cormac Fallon, Alejandro Kincaid and Gabe Eschbach to
“I think we’ll be
pretty balanced,” Kinel said. “We have a lot of guys with a lot of
potential. It should be fun.”
On the diving
board, seniors John Bell and Jason Adkins should steady the point total,
with junior Triston Tune and freshman Cooper Downing also contributing.
and then the big invites, we jump right into stiff competition,” Kinel said.
“We’ll find out right where we are at.”