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CHS Girls Swim opens season tonight

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The Chesterton 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.

“Jadah Eshenauer 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.

“Abby Henderson, 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 lineup.

“Lauren Unruh, 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.”



Posted 11/9/2017




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