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
“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.”
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.
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
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
“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.”
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.”