Mat Pavlovich may,
or may not, feel right at home tonight.
Chesterton High School girls swim coach will make his debut as the Trojans
open the season against Highland at CHS beginning at 5:30 p.m.
“I haven’t felt too
much pressure, but we also aren’t into the heart of the season,” Pavlovich
said. “I’ve been impressed with the kids, not just because of their talent,
but how they act. They are respectful and attentive. This group from top to
bottom has a great dynamic.
swimmers. I don’t feel that much different than I have any other year.”
The Trojans return
a core group from last year’s team that finished 9th at the IHSAA State
Finals, including junior Maisyn Klimczak who placed fifth in the 500 Free
and 13th in the 200 Free.
“We have a lot of
kids back like Maisyn,” Pavlovich said. “This a great group of kids and
hard-working. The team, number-wise, is on the smaller size, but they are an
extremely talented group.”
Ozimek and junior Sophia Gill were both on a pair of point-scoring relays as
with Alana Jardenil, are two kids that have really stood out on a day-to-day
basis,” Pavlovich said. “They are work horses and have a lot of flexibility
in what they can swim.”
Gill, along with
juniors Olivia Kroeger and Mady Elliott and senior Abi Raines will all be
counted on to score.
“I feel like we’ve
adjusted quickly, me to them, and vice versa,” Pavlovich said. “Things are
going well and I feel at home with them. There are still things to learn,
but I feel good about where we are as the season starts.”
The Trojans should
also get a boost from the freshmen class that includes Sierra Jones, Olivia
Piunti and Jordan Alders.
“Every team has a
few studs and then a middle group before you get to the JV caliber kids,”
Pavlovich said. “This team has a huge middle group and very few below that.
There are a lot of kids that are really good swimmers.”