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Girls Swim season opens today

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By TR HARLAN

Mat Pavlovich may, or may not, feel right at home tonight.

The first-year 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 are 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.”

Sophomore Veronica Ozimek and junior Sophia Gill were both on a pair of point-scoring relays as well.

“Veronica, along 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.”

 

Posted 11/14/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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