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Duneland Swim Club peaks at Indiana Age Group State Meet

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Success characterized the Duneland Swim Club’s 2016-17 age group short course yards season as it won multiple team high point trophies, several members broke club records and 35 swimmers qualified to compete in the state championship meet.

Honors came in bunches as Head Coach Jim Voss was named 2016 Age Group Coach of the Year, Assistant Coach Christy Kallay won the 2017 Indiana Swimming Development Coach of the Year award and the club won its 37th straight Northwest Indiana Conference championship.

The Club saved its best for last as they finished third overall at the 2017 Indiana Age Group State Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis over the weekend of March 10-12. In a field of 77 other teams, Duneland’s performance illustrated the depth of its program as every age group scored points for the team.

Lucas Piunti led the way for Duneland by winning four of his six events in the 13-14 boys category. His 400 Individual Medley (IM) time of 4:01.53 established a new Indiana Age Group Championship meet record.

His other gold medals came in the 500 Free, 200 IM and 200 Breast. Piunti also won silver medals in the 200 Free and 100 Back.

Piunti set Duneland Swim Club records in the 400 IM, 500 Free and 200 Breast.

Evan Dildine placed in the top 30 in points and medaled in the 100 Breast and 200 Breast, while Eric Carlson medaled in the 1000 Free. Other swimmers whose individual performances added to Duneland’s point total were Hunter Carlson and Jordan Killosky.

Duneland’s 13-14 boys relay teams also scored big. The 400 Medley ‘A’ team of Piunti, Dildine, Killosky and Jack Wheele won the silver medal with the 200 Medley ‘A’ team of Piunti, Dildine, Wheele and Connor Casbon secured the bronze.

Medals also went to the 200 Free Relay ‘A’ team of Piunti, Dildine, Wheele and Eric Carlson and the 400 Free Relay ‘A’ team of Piunti, Dildine, Wheele and Hunter Carlson.

Duneland’s ‘B’ Relay teams also scored points by finishing in the top 16 in the 400 Medley (Eric and Hunter Carlson, Carter and Connor Casbon), the 200 Free Relay (Killosky, Hunter Carlson, Connor and Carter Casbon) and the 400 Free Relay (Killosky, Eric Carlson, Connor and Carter Casbon).

Point earners for individual events in the 13-14 girls category included Sophia Gill and Mady Elliott. The relay team of Gill, Elliott, Madelin Billings and Carly Sparacio scored in the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay, while the team of Elliott, Gill, Sparacio and Jessica Mitchell also tallied points in the 400 Medley.

The 11-12 girls were led by Anna Wheele whose point total placed her 14th overall. She was followed by Rachel Dildine, Isabella Smith and Jordan Alders all finishing among the top 30 point scorers.

Medal-winners included Wheele (50 Back, 50 Free, 100 Back), Dildine (200 IM, 100 Breast, 100 Back), Smith (100 Breast-silver, 50 Breast-silver) and Alders (100 Fly).

Wheele also set the Duneland Swim Club record in the 50 Back and the 100 Back, while Smith set the club record in the 100 Breast.

The relay team of Wheele, Smith, Alders and Veronika Ozimek won the gold in the 200 Medley and also medaled in the 200 Free Relay. The Duneland 11-12 girls ‘B’ relay team of Dildine, Lexie Lorino, Sierra Jones and Kaitlyn Kogl also scored points with a top 15 finish in the 200 Medley Relay.

Alejandro Kincaid led the 11-12 boys by taking third place in total points. His highlights included gold medals in the 500 Free and 200 Free, silver medals in the 100 Back and 50 Back, and bronze medals in the 200 IM and 50 Butterfly.

Kincaid also set Duneland records in the 500 Free, 100 Back and 50 Back.

Other point-scorers included Cormac Fallon, Aidan Tharp, Colin Kostbade and Padraig Troy with top 30 point finishes.

Medal-winners included Fallon (500 Free, 50 Free) and Tharp (100 Back). The foursome of Kincaid, Kostbade, Troy and Fallon finished second in both the 200 Free Relay and 200 Medley Relay.

The 9-10 girls were led by Keeley Tharp and Molly Billings who tied for 10th place in high points. Billings won a silver medal in the 50 Back and a bronze in the 100 Back, while also medaling in the 200 Free. Tharp medaled in the 100 Free and 200 Free.

Other point-earners included Allison Norman and Mia Kirkham. The Tharp, Billings, Norman and Kirkham quartet also garnered third place medals in the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay.

For the 9-10 boys, point scorers included Luke Wheele, Amadeo Kincaid and Jonathan Pejic. Their relay team, which included Vincent Fox, also scored by earning 5th place medals in both the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay.

In total, the Duneland Swim Club sent 58 swimmers, its most ever, to the Championship Meet in Indianapolis.


Posted 3/30/2017




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