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No. 2 Trojan boys swim team opens with No. 4 Northridge Saturday

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No 2 Trojans open with No 4 Northridge Saturday

By TR HARLAN

The Chesterton boys swim team starts its pursuit of a 21st straight Conference title and 19th consecutive Sectional title when they open the season on Saturday against Northridge.

“This group coming back has a lot of State experience,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “We’ve got a lot of seniors, so there is a lot of leadership and some good young kids to mix in. It’s a nice balance and our expectations are high.

“We want to keep the traditions alive and move up the ladder at the State Meet.”

The No. 2 ranked Trojans jump right into stiff competition with No. 4 Northridge and two of the State’s top Invitationals.

“The boys schedule starts like a firecracker with Northridge and then right into the big Invites at the Hall of Fame and Homestead,” Kinel said. “We had a great summer and pre-season. We’re really ready. The boys are sick of practicing.”

Recent Indiana University commit Gary Kostbade returns to head the Trojans lineup along with a talented group of seniors.

“Gary is going to be a big part of everything we do with all of his experience,” Kinel said. “Andrew Carlson has improved so much since his frosh year. He’ll really help in the distance. Andrew Gillen in the Breaststroke, IM, Fly and just wherever we need him. Sam Kravitz finaled in the State Meet.

“Wes Slaughter scored at the State Meet and will be a big part of our relays, sprints and Backstroke. Jared Eshenaur was named one of our captains because he works so hard and is a likeable guy. He’s really positioned himself to really help us.”

The Trojans strength will also be in numbers as a trio of juniors mix in.

“Nick Hanas finaled in the State Meet in distance and Noah VanNevel really came into his own last year,” Kinel said. “Justin Wallar will be important for us too.”

The mix of veterans along with the young talent in the freshman and sophomore classes will prove important early.

“We’ve got some dynamite young kids,” Kinel said. “If you can get everyone on the same page with the older kids paving the way for the younger ones, then you’ve got a chance to do something special.

“I see that potential in this group.”

The sophomore class will include Nate Carlson, Danny Schmiegel, Declan Tharp and Ethan Wing.

“In the sophomore class, Nate Carlson was a Sectional champion in the IM last year,” Kinel said. “Danny Schmiegel and Declan Tharp swam in the State Meet. Ethan Wing really went nuts last year and he’s going to be another State swimmer for us this year. He’s improved so much.”

Newcomers like Andrew Alders, Gabe Kroeger, Ryan Kendall, Joey Wadowski and Jack Wheele should provide immediate help.

“Andrew is already doing great things in our time trials,” Kinel said. “Gabe will make an immediate impact, so will Joey, Jack and Ryan. There really isn’t such a thing as a rookie in swimming. They’ve all swum in so many big meets in age group that it’s more getting used to high school swimming.”

 

 

Posted 11/25/2016

 

 

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