By TR HARLAN
Kevin Kinel’s career numbers are among the best you will ever see. Jenni
Anderson’s are right there too.
The Chesterton High School duo have been named to the inaugural class of the
Indiana High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame and will be inducted on
“It probably won’t hit me until it’s done,” Kinel said. “It’s the biggest
honor you can have. It’s the honor of a lifetime.”
To receive automatic induction, athletes have to had attained a National
High School record, earned three individual event state titles before 1971,
or four individual state titles after 1971. Coaches have to had attained
five or more team state championships or 10 individual or relay state
A permanent Hall of Fame plaque with the honorees names will be on display
at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Kinel wasn’t aware that a Hall of Fame was in the works until the fall
coaches clinic last September.
“Last September we attended the association fall clinic and they bring in
speakers and things like that,” Kinel recalled. “Part of that was a business
meeting. They had a panel that put together this high school Hall of Fame. A
lot of other sports have it and I think it’s long overdue.
“But I was blown away when I looked at the requirements and realized I’d be
part of that.”
Kinel’s girls and boys teams have won 13 DAC titles each, while the girls
also have 13 Sectional titles and the boys have 10. His Trojans currently
have won eight straight DAC and Sectional titles in girls swimming and the
boys have won 10 straight DAC titles and eight Sectionals.
Kinel has won 15 individual or relay state titles since joining CHS,
including four on the girls side last year.
“I could spill out thousands of kids names that are part of this,” Kinel
said. “The elite level kids had the talent, but they had someone else to
train with and be supportive. All the coaches in age group and high school
have been unbelievable. Jim Voss in the age group has done an unbelievable
job and I’ve had several high school assistants through the years.
“I’ve always surrounded myself with good people and that has as much to do
with it as anything.”
Anderson is a six-time state champion having won the 50 Free and 100 Back
three straight years.
“That’s unprecedented,” Kinel said. “To be able to do that with everybody
gunning for you. She is so mentally tough. That was the biggest thing for
her. She almost willed herself to do it.”
Kinel can remember watching the development of Anderson who was a very good
age-group swimmer that just got better and better.
“Every step of her career she learned and understood how to go to the next
level,” Kinel said “She realized after age group that she had to get to the
next level through training in and out of the water. She knew what she had
Anderson finished third in the 100 back as a freshman and that’s when it all
clicked in according to Kinel.
“I think that was the turning point for her,” Kinel said. “That year she
qualified for the junior nationals in Long Island. That was when she
realized what it took.”
Anderson, who competed collegiately at Auburn, won two individual DAC titles
all four years in high school and owned six school records upon graduation.
She still owns two.
“Her senior year in high school she broke the state record in the 100 back
and was the fastest kid in the nation that year,” Kinel said. “Her list of
accomplishments just goes on and on and on.”
Now for Kinel and Anderson, they have one more they can share.
“It’s really neat to have Jenni in as well,” Kinel said. “It’s nice to see
her and see all of her efforts and accomplishments get recognized.
“She really was the one that turned the tide for my career and for