girls swim team did everything but win the State Championship last year.
Carmel won its 31st
consecutive state title, but the Trojans fought their way into runner-up
position for the first time.
“You keep trying to
forge forward,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “I don’t know that Carmel
is catchable yet. We’re looking at trying to hold that place. Nothing has
really changed for us.
“Our goals are the
same as they always are É to win DAC, Sectional and place as high at State
as we can.”
The Trojans lost a
talented group of seniors, but the cupboard isn’t bare.
“We lost a lot of
talented seniors and leadership for sure,” Kinel said. “We have a good
nucleus back and some good kids up from club. We’re young and it’ll be
interesting to see. It’ll be a lot of fun.”
A quartet of
seniors including Katie Craig, Piper Downing, Lauryn Kallay and Abby Koster
will have to step into leadership roles as the season begins.
“I think the talent
is there, but we have a ways to go,” Kinel said. “Katie, Piper and Lauryn
all have State experience. Abby looks like she’ll really contribute for us
this year too.”
A talented junior
group will be looked on to provide top level swims as well.
had an awesome summer and Sarah Schimpf in diving might be at that point
where she can compete for a spot at the State Meet,” Kinel said. “Jenn
Gillen was a Sectional champ in the breaststroke and scored at the State
Meet. Jaclyn Klimczak finalled a couple of events at State last year and was
a big part of our relays.”
The sophomore class
features three talented swimmers and another diver.
Abi Raines and Hannah Stewart all have experience,” Kinel said. “Antonia
Frech in diving really looks like a force to be reckoned with.”
A talented group of
freshmen are up from age group that should help plug the holes in the
Jessica Mitchell and Olivia Kroeger all have a lot of big club experience
and could be an influence right away in the lineup,” Kinel said. “Maisyn
Klimczak is a good young swimmer for us and Sofia Gill and Mady Elliott are
right there for us too.
“Marina Weinberg as
a diver comes in with club experience as well.”
A lot of those last
names are familiar family names for the Trojans.
“These young kids
all get it,” Kinel said. “They trained with us all summer and that just
makes the transition easier into high school swimming. Right now, we just
want to cover all the events with the amount of seniors we lost. A lot of
that will depend on how quickly the young kids come on.”
The Trojans may
have an unfamiliar strength with the quartet of divers they have in Downing,
Schimpf, Frech and Weinberg.
“I think one of our
real strengths is diving and that’s awesome,” Kinel said. “We have four
excellent divers which makes things that much better and interesting.”
With big meets like
the Hall of Fame Invite and the Homestead Invitational, the Trojans will get
thrown into the fire early on.
“We need to see
what we’ve got with several big meets right away in the early season. It
forces us to be ready,” Kinel said. “Judging by our test sets and things
we’ve done, we’re looking awfully good. I’m anxious to see how we get out of
the gate. I’m seeing some good things.”