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Duneland Swim Club takes 2nd at State Meet

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For the first time in its history, Duneland Swim Club took second place at the Indiana Age Group Championship Meet in Indianapolis over the weekend of March 8-10, 2019. Trailing only perennial winner Carmel Swim Club, Duneland amassed 992 points to outdistance all other clubs.

En route to this historic showing, multiple swimmers took gold medals for first place finishes, won medals for 2nd-8th place, and broke Duneland club records. This was a group effort as 36 of the 53 Duneland swimmers that went to State contributed to the clubís overall point total, either in individual events or in relays.

Duneland Swim Club was led by the 13-14 girls whose 424 points in individual events and relays paced the club. The sextet of Olivia Piunti, Rachel Dildine, Anna Wheele, Veronica Ozimek, Jordan Alders and Kaitlyn Kogl contributed 254 points in their individual events. Piunti medaled in the 400 IM, 1000 Free, 200 Back and 200 Fly, while scoring points in the 1650 Free and 500 Free. Piuntiís times of 2:06.13 in the 200 Backstroke and 4:34.08 in the 400 IM set new club records. Dildine medaled in the 200 Free, 100 Breast, 200 IM and 100 Free and added points in the 500 Free. Her 200 IM in 2:08.94 also set a club mark. Wheele medaled in the 200 and 500 Free and the 100 Back and added points in the 50 and 100 Free. Wheeleís 100 Backstroke time of 57.64 and 500 Free time of 5:04.38 set new club standards. Ozimekís 50, 100 and 200 Free races garnered her medals and her 200 IM also added points. Ozimekís 200 Free in 1:53.55 established another club record. Alders medaled in the 200 Back and also scored in the 100 Fly and 100 Back. Additionally, Koglís 1650, 1000 and 200 Free swims generated points for the club. Medaling were the quartets of Wheele, Dildine, Piunti and Ozimek in the 400 Medley Relay; Wheele, Dildine, Alders and Ozimek in the 200 Medley Relay and in the 400 Free Relay; and Ozimek, Wheele, Sierra Jones and Dildine in the 200 Free Relay. Also adding points to Dunelandís tally were the foursomes of Piunti, Isabella Smith, Kogl and Jones in the 200 Medley Relay, Alders, Piunti, Kogl and Lexie Lorino in the 200 Free Relay and Jones, Piunti, Kogl and Lorino in the 400 Free Relay.

The 13-14 boys also made significant contributions to Dunelandís total adding 369 points. Leading the way was Alejandro Kincaid who won the 13-14 Boys high point trophy with 109 points. Kincaid took gold medals in the 200 IM, 100 Fly and 200 Fly, silver medals in the 100 Back and 200 Back and a fourth place medal in the 400 IM. Kincaidís swims resulted in three club records in the 100 Back (51.39), 200 Back (1:52.64) and 100 Fly (52.12). Bryce Scott won gold medals in the 1000 Free, where he also set a club record (9:47.56) and the 1650 Free, and a bronze in the 500 Free. Padraig Troy medaled in the 100 and 200 Fly and tallied points in the 50 and 200 Free, Cormac Fallon medaled in the 100, 200 and 500 Free and Gavin Nagdeman contributed in the 100 Back. Medaling were the relay teams of Kincaid, Ethan Moody, Troy and Fallon in the 400 Medley; Fallon, Troy, Nagdeman and Kincaid in the 200 Free; Kincaid, Kostbade, Troy and Fallon in the 200 Medley and Fallon, Troy, Scott and Kincaid in the 400 Free. The quartets of Nagdeman, Moody, Scottie Pejic and Scott added points in the 200 Medley Relay.

The 11-12 year-old girls were led by Molly Billings who took the gold in the 50 Back and contributed points in the 100 Back and Brelei Brown who scored in the 50 Free. Taking home medals were the foursomes of Billings, Tegan Werner, Mia Kirkham and Brown in the 200 Medley Relay and Mallory Killosky, Billings, Allison Norman and Brown in the 200 Free Relay. Luke Wheele led the 11-12 boys, medaling in the 500 Free and scoring points in the 200 Free and 100 Free. The crew of Wheele, Calan Berrier, Lukas Royster and Amadeo Kincaid produced points in the 200 Free Relay.

The 10-and-under girls were led by Adalyn Laughner and Maddie Moreth. Laughner medaled in the 50 Back and 100 Back and scored in the 200 IM and 50 Fly; Moreth medaled in the 50 Breast and 100 Breast. The quartets of Laughner, Moreth, Mallory Billings and Zoey Olson medaled in the 200 Medley Relay and Laughner, Moreth, Olson and Ava Hearn scored points in the 200 Free Relay. Tommy Kostbade led the 10-and-under boys, scoring points in the 200 Free and 50 Breast and joined Christian Kobe, AB Schlyer and Johnny Nieves in a top 16 finish in the 200 Medley Relay.

Duneland Swim Club is coached by Jim Voss, Christy Kallay, Mindi Billings and Chris Kostbade.

Summer Swim starts April 8

The summer swim season will start on April 8th with online registration available at beginning April 1. Check the website,, frequently, for updated information regarding the upcoming season or contact Christy Kallay at with any questions.



Posted 3/25/2019




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