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CHS Boys swim to 21st straight Sectional title

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With the success Chesterton boys’ swimming has had over the past couple decades, breaking a Chesterton pool record or a sectional record speaks volumes.

At Saturday’s sectional, the host Trojans started with a bang and ended with a flourish setting sectional records in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.

The 200 medley team of Lucas Piunti, Connor Casbon, Danny Schmiegel and Declan Tharp clocked a 1:33.37. The 400 free relay of Ethan Wing, Gabe Kroeger, Andrew Alders and Piunti had a 3:05.38.

In between, Alders set a new sectional mark in the 200 free with a 1:39.58 that was followed up by Piunti who clocked a 1:49.06 to break Kyle Whitaker’s record set back in 2010. Piunti would have set a new sectional record in the 100 back with a 49.56, had Michigan City’s Jack Smith not edged him by three-hundredths of a second. Wing added a pool record with a 21.50 in his 50 freestyle win.

All in all, the performances spelled dominance once again in sectional action for the Trojans who tallied their 21st straight title with 530 points, comfortably outdistancing runner-up Valparaiso’s 376.5.

“For the most part, we got about everybody we wanted to get to state, the kids really stepped up to the plate,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “I was really pleased with the leadership today, too. There were unbelievable swims up and down the line and to finish with the sectional record was awesome. I’m happy.

“The kids breaking records of some of those powerful teams we had, it shows the kids have arrived. I can’t say enough about the effort of the guys (Saturday).”

Wing swept both of his individual events, adding a win in the 100 free with a 46.81. As a former distance swimmer, Wing pinpointed an emphasis on the little things keying his successful sprinting.

“You can get away with little things in the 500 free, but if you mess up anything in a sprint, the race can be totally over for you,” Wing said. “I’ve had to focus on those details a lot more like keeping my high elbow up and faster turns.

“Last year I came into sectionals, dropped a lot of time, then dropped even more at state. I’m looking forward to hopefully continuing that trend. We’re not even fully tapered down yet, so it’s good knowing we still have a lot to give.”

Schmiegel (57.8 in 100 breaststroke), and Jordan Killosky (4:36.29 500 free) were also winners for Chesterton.

Despite a pair of runner-up finishes, Declan Tharp still hit the state cut in the 200 individual medley (1:51.69) and 100 free (47.11). Alders (second) and Casbon (fourth) also punched tickets to Indianapolis in the 100 fly. Alejandro Kincaid notched a 51.46 to earn fourth in the backstroke, but it was enough to get to Indy. Alders teamed with Wing, Tharp and Kroeger in the 200 free relay to round out state qualifications.

“Jordan Killosky didn’t swim distance last year and he is out of necessity now and his 500 free was unbelievable today considering where he started,” Kinel said. “Kroeger was just off the mark in the 200 free, but we think he’ll get a call back and Schmiegel with a 57.8, that was big. Those were just some of the swims that really stood out, but up and down the line there were good performances.

“We were a team today.”

The Trojans will be back in action on Thursday at the IUPUI Natatorium for the preliminaries of the state finals. The top 16 will advance to Saturday with the top eight clinching an opportunity to race for first place.

Chesterton totaled 151.50 and was fourth at state in 2018.

“We got a couple kids through without shaving, so there are some things to look forward to next week,” Kinel said. “It’ll be really fast next week, but I’d like to feel like we’ll be in the running. We gotta have a good week of practice.”

IHSAA Sectional


Team Results

Chesterton 530, 2. Valparaiso 376.5, 3. Michigan City 282.5, 4. Portage 173.5, 5. Hobart 166, 6. LaPorte 160.5, 7. Wheeler 156, 8. Knox 131, 9. Merrillville 120, 10. North Judson 48, 11. Calumet 42.

Individual Results

DIVING -- 1. Jack Schwartz (V) 475.80, 2. Toy Hayes (LP) 368.10, 3. Peter Gondeck (MC) 367.90, 4. Josiah Miller (MC) 344.45, 5. Matthew Puskar (V) 331.70.

50 FREE -- 1. Ethan Wing (C) 21.50 (POOL RECORD), 2. Christopher Holmes (V) 21.67, 3. Logan Berndt (K) 21.79, 4. Graham Siefker (LP), 5. Alec Marter (MC) 21.92.

100 BACK -- 1. Jack Smith (MC) 49.53 (SECTIONAL RECORD), 2. Lucas Piunti (C) 49.56 (State cut), 3. Siefker (LP) 51.34 (State cut), 4. Alejandro Kincaid (C) 51.46 (State cut), 5. Connor Casbon (C) 54.02.

100 BREAST -- 1. Danny Schmiegel (C) 57.80, 2. Evan Dildine (C) 59.05, 3. Bryce Jones (C) 1:01.38, 4. Samuel Stazinski (V) 1:05.60, 5. Mason Martisauskas (MV) 1:07.30.

100 FLY -- 1. Smith (MC) 49.14, 2. Andrew Alders (C) 49.20 (State cut), 3. Samuel Behrend (V) 50.72 (State cut), 4. Casbon (C) 51.14 (State cut), 5. Holmes (V) 51.52 (State cut)

100 FREE -- 1. Wing (C) 46.81, 2. Declan Tharp (C) 47.11 (State cut), 3. William Miltenberger (V) 47.56, 4. Berndt (K) 48.45, 5. Alec Marter (MC) 48.94.

200 FREE -- 1. Alders (C) 1:39.58 (SECTIONAL RECORD), 2. Gabe Kroeger (C) 1:43.48, 3. Jordan Killosky (C) 1:44.83, 4. Luke Tilford (H) 1:46.54, 5. Liam Shephered (V) 1:49.68.

200 IM -- 1. Piunti (C) 1:49.06 (SECTIONAL RECORD), 2. Tharp (C) 1:51.69 (State cut), 3. Kincaid (C) 1:58.19, 4. Connor Baker (MC) 2:02.45, 5. Alexander Stamp (V) 2:04.98.

500 FREE -- 1. Killosky (C) 4:36.29, 2. Gabe Eschbach (C) 4:45.28, 3. Eric Carlson (C) 4:49.15, 4. Baker (MC) 4:51.58, 5. Tilford (H) 4:53.13.

200 FREE RELAY -- 1. Valparaiso 1:25.16, 2. Chesterton 1:25.36 (Alders, Wing, Tharp, Kroeger) (State cut), 3. Hobart 1:30.84, 4. Wheeler 1:34.76, 5. Merrillville 1:39.63.

200 MEDLEY RELAY -- 1. Chesterton (Piunti, Schmiegel, Casbon, Tharp) 1:33.37 (SECTIONAL RECORD), 2. Michigan City 1:42.38, 3. Portage 1:46.85, 4. LaPorte 1:46.92, 5. Merrillville 1:48.68.

400 FREE RELAY -- 1. Chesterton (Wing, Kroeger, Piunti, Alders) 3:05.38 (SECTIONAL RECORD), 2. Valparaiso 3:08.48 (State cut), 3. Michigan City 3:12.83 (State cut), 4. Portage 3:29.74, 5. Wheeler 3:29.86.



Posted 2/18/2019




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