The Chesterton boys
swim team will open the season on Saturday at Northridge with the same goals
as they have for the last 30 years.
“The goals haven’t
changed,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “We want to remain at the top
of the DAC and Sectional and push our way up the standings at the State
The Trojans return
a solid nucleus and add a talented group of newcomers.
“We lost a lot to
graduation, but we have a good nucleus back and some great young kids up
from club that should provide some immediate help,” Kinel said. “It may be a
while of trial and error before we get the lineup set.”
A trio of seniors
will be asked to lead the Trojans in the pool, including Justin Wallar, Noah
VanNevel and Nick Hanas.
“Justin and Nick
scored in two events at State last year,” Kinel said. “Noah VanNevel has
been a solid scorer in the breaststroke for us over the years too.”
The Trojans will
also get the added return in diving of seniors Quinn Conway and Blake
“Quinn Conway and
Blake Ellenwood are back in diving after missing a couple of years,” Kinel
said. “They’ll really push our divers.”
In the junior
class, a core quartet of swimmers return with State experience.
qualified for State last year and was part of our junior national relay this
summer. He’s got a lot of big meet experience,” Kinel said. “Declan Tharp
was a part of our State relays last year. Danny Schmiegel was a Sectional
champ last year and was part of our State relays too.
“Nate Carlson has
State experience for us as well.”
In the sophomore
class, Kinel has another group with big meet experience, including State
“Andrew Alders was
part of our State relays last year and was part of our junior national relay
over the summer. He’s going to add a lot as he keeps coming into his own,”
Kinel said. “Gabe Kroeger was a big part of last year’s team and will have a
big role again this year. Jordan Killosky will help us in the Fly’s.
“Joey Wadowski was
our number one diver last year and will give us a nice trio.”
Filling in vacated
roles will be a talented group of freshmen that could emerge into big
players in the Trojan lineup.
“Eric and Hunter
Carlson will help in the distance events. They have great big meet
experience from club,” Kinel said. “Carter and Connor Casbon have a lot of
age group experience. They are very versatile. Evan Dildine is another one
with State age group experience and Lucas Piunti was a 13-14 State Champ and
he’ll make a big impact.
“We’ve got some
more kids that could emerge and be players for us too. We’ve got a lot of