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CHS boys swim team opens Saturday

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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 Meet.”

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 Ellenwood.

“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.

“Ethan Wing 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 last year.

“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 depth.”



Posted 11/24/2017




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