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State Champs: The Chesterton 400 Free Relay of (l to r) Adam Thieling, Kyle Whitaker, Bill Bass and Albert Miller became the first Trojan Relay team to win a boys state title Saturday in Indianapolis. Whitaker, a freshman, also won two individual titles in the 200 IM and 100 Fly. (Photo by Steve Handly)

 

By TR HARLAN

The Chesterton boys swim team has just been biding its time waiting for the IHSAA State Finals in Indianapolis.

And when the time arrived, they were ready.

“It was terrific,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “I don’t think we could have asked for much better.”

The Trojans picked up three state titles, including a pair by freshman Kyle Whitaker (200 IM, 100 Fly) and the school’s first-ever title in a Relay (400 Free). Chesterton also finished third place overall with 193 points just behind state champion Hamilton Southeastern (262) and Indianapolis North Central (235).

“I think this is what they really had been thinking about all year and took advantage of the opportunity,” Kinel said.

The Trojans started the State Finals on Friday night by setting four school records (200 Medley Relay, 200 IM, 100 Fly and 400 Free Relay) in the prelims.

“On Friday night, we broke four school records and we really had some momentum heading into Saturday,” Kinel said.

The Medley Relay team of Adam Thieling, Albert Miller, Whitaker and Tom Darnell were edged out on Saturday by Hamilton SE for the title. The second place finish gott things started in the right direction for the Trojans.

Two events later, Whitaker would get a come-from-behind win by edging North Central’s Mike Christy at the wall in the 200 IM.

“Kyle’s swim was unreal in the IM,” Kinel said. “He started making his move the last 50 and when he came off the last turn, you knew it was going to happen. He just put his head down and did it.”

“It was a great race,” Whitaker said. “Halfway through (Mike Christy) was way ahead. I just didn’t give up. I put the hammer down the last 25. I could see him on the last length and being able to see him motivated me and I could see how much speed I needed.”

Tom Darnell followed right behind with a fifth place finish in the 50 Free with another incredible time drop.

“Going into Sectional he was seeded at 22.6,” Kinel said. “At the Sectional he went 21.99 and that’s almost unheard of. He gets the call to go to State and finishes fifth. He was just on fire all weekend.”

It wasn’t a surprise to Kinel however.

“Tom dropped a lot of time at State last year,” Kinel recalled. “He tapers well, so we knew he’d perform well. But, you can’t expect that.”

After the Diving competition concluded, Whitaker took to the water again and edged Highland’s Patrick Augustyn for the title in the 100 Fly.

“Kyle answered all the critics,” Kinel said. “He swam like a veteran. I just tried to remind him of some little things. He doesn’t need reassurance from me.

“He knows how to race and he’s got that killer instinct.”

“From the start you just have to swim your own race,” Whitaker said. “You really can’t look around. I knew it was close, but not with three of us like that. It’s as close a race as I’ve ever had.”

The Trojans picked up points in the 500 Free with a fourth place finish from Bill Bass, a fourth place finish in the 200 Free Relay (Miller, Greg Franzen, Darnell, Bass) and Miller’s fifth place finish in the 100 Back.

“Hamilton Southeastern and North Central were just deeper than we were,” Kinel said of his team’s third place finish. “We put ourselves in a position that if someone made a mistake, we had a shot.”

Chesterton’s final state title came in the 400 Free Relay as the quarter of Whitaker, Miller, Thieling and Bass became the first Trojan Relay team to win a state title.

“In the 400 Free Relay, the plan was for Kyle to get a couple second lead and then just have the next two keep us in it. Then Billy just had to hold on and that’s just what happened.”

“It was the last event of the season and you can’t hold anything back,” Whitaker said. “You get to swim with all your friends and go out and give it your best. You don’t want to let the other guys down.”

“Everybody knew Kyle, Billy and Albert would do well, but Adam splitting 47.4 was just him swimming for the moment,” Kinel said. “All those kids were just unbelievable, but he has to get just as much credit as anyone.”

The Trojans rebroke all four school records they had set in the prelims and added a fifth, the 200 Free Relay.

Team Results

1. Hamilton SE, 262; 2. Indpls North Central, 235; 3. Chesterton, 193; 4. Carmel, 157; 5. Homestead, 154; 6. Munster, 134; 7. Northridge, 125; 8. SB Riley, 124; 9. Zionsville, 82; 10. Lake Central, 71; 11. Yorktown, 65; 12. East Central, 63; 13. Westfield, 54; 14. FW Concordia, 53; 15. tie, Culver Academies and Crown Point, 37; 17. Crawfordsville, 36; 18. tie, Concord and Noblesville, 31; 20. Vincennes Lincoln, 28; 21. Bremen, 27.5; 22. Penn, 26; 23. FW Carroll, 24; 24. Whiteland, 21; 25. FW Snider, 20; 26. Hobart, 19; 27. Highland, 17; 28. tie, Brebeuf Jesuit and Wheeler, 16; 30. Plainfield, 15.5; 31. Heritage Christian, 15; 32. tie, FW Northrop and Indian Creek, 14; 34. Bloomington South, 13.5; 35. FW Luers, 12; 36. Michigan City, 11; 37. West Lafayette, 9; 38. Seymour, 8; 39. Bedford North Lawrence, 7; 40. tie, FW Dwenger and Warren Central, 6; 42. tie, Mount Vernon and Muncie Central, 5.5; 44. tie, Mount Vernon and Center Grove, 5; 46. tie, Southport and Kokomo, 3; 48. tie, Fountain Central and Franklin Central, 2; 50. Wawasee, 1.5; 51. Elkhart Central, 1.

Individual Results

200 Medley Relay – 1. Hamilton SE, 1:34.72; 2. Chesterton (Adam Thieling, Albert Miller, Kyle Whitaker, Tom Darnell), 1:34.85; 3. Indpls North Central, 1:35.49; 4. Munster, 1:35.81; 5. Carmel, 1:36.82; 6. SB Riley, 1:37.08; 7. tie, Lake Central and Northridge, 1:37.31.

200 Free – 1. Ben Wachtel (Westfield), 1:39.84; 2. Spencer Osborne (Hamilton SE), 1:41.13; 3. Alex Ismail (Zionsville), 1:41.72; 4. Edward Minturn (Indpls North Central), 1:42.34; 5. Jon Hueni (Bremen), 1:42.55; 6. Zachary Stewart (Vincennes Lincoln), 1:42.57; 7. Kevin Bonanne (Carmel), 1:42.91; 8. Matt Kruse (Hamilton SE), 1:43.04.

200 IM – 1. Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton), 1:49.43; 2. Mike Christy (Indpls North Central), 1:49.57; 3. Joseph Raycroft (Munster), 1:52.79; 4. Derek Paul (Hamilton SE), 1:54.44; 5. Alex Burtch (Concord), 1:54.53; 6. Ryan Dafforn (Homestead), 1:54.71; 7. Cameron Hobson (Crawfordsville), 1:55.12; 8. Austin Mudd (Hamilton SE), 1:55.64.

50 Free – 1. Kyle House (East Central), 21.21; 2. Christopher Pfaff (SB Riley), 21.36; 3. Victor Sikorski (Wheeler), 21.46; 4. Maurico Krantzberg (Culver Acadamy), 21.48; 5. Tom Darnell (Chesterton), 21.58; 6. Tyler Lemert (FW Concordia), 21.63; 7. Daniel Hartman (FW Concordia), 21.72; 8. Nathan Kinney (Hamilton SE), 21.78.

1-Meter Diving – 1. Kurt Barttrum (Yorktown), 426.50; 2. Jimmy Page (Crown Point), 420.20; 3. Tyler Clingerman (Plainfield), 406.30; 4. Matt Vieke (Heritage Christian), 388.70; 5. Casey Johnson (Indian Creek), 372.20; 6. Jeff Henitz (Munster), 370.35; 7. Kurt Hansbarger (Homestead), 368.45; 8. Chris Hall (Indpls North Central), 352.35.

100 Fly – 1. Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton), 50.16; 2. Patrick Augustyn (Highland), 50.19; 3. Christopher Pfaff (SB Riley), 50.29; 4. Kyle House (East Central), 50.43; 5. (tie) Jon Hueni (Bremen) and Zachary Johnson (Homestead), 51.05; 7. Daniel Judge (FW Luers), 51.40; 8. Mark Rushlow (Northridge), 52.07.

100 Free – 1. Ben Wachtel (Westfield), 45.76; 2. Spencer Osborne (Hamilton SE), 46.37; 3. Alex Ismail (Zionsville), 46.95; 4. Zachary Stewart (Vincennes Lincoln), 47.04; 5. Nathan Kinney (Hamilton SE), 47.14; 6. Andrew Elliott (Penn), 47.34; 7. David Sivak (Hobart), 47.35; 8. Sean Fitzgerald (Brebeuf Jesuit), 48.03.

500 Free – 1. Edward Minturn (Indpls North Central), 4:34.79; 2. Samuel Trahin (FW Carroll), 4:35.32; 3. Kevin Troyer (Northridge), 4:38.55; 4. Bill Bass (Chesterton), 4:39.92; 5. Ross VanAllen (Indpls North Central), 4:40.08; 6. Matthew Kruse (Hamilton SE), 4:40.53; 7. Matt Segar (Carmel), 4:42.31; 8. Drew Wolfred (Noblesville), 4:42.41.

200 Free Relay – 1. SB Riley, 1:26.14; 2. Hamilton SE, 1:26.40; 3. Indpls North Central, 1:26.42; 4. Chesterton (Albert Miller, Greg Franzen, Tom Darnell, Bill Bass), 1:26.84; 5. Homestead, 1:26.97; 6. Northridge, 1:27.04; 7. Carmel, 1:28.30; 8. Munster, 1:29.78.

100 Back – 1. Mike Christy (Indpls North Central), 49.93; 2. Cameron Hobson (Crawfordsville), 51.84; 3. Joseph Raycroft (Munster), 52.03; 4. Cameron Watkins (Indpls North Central), 52.41; 5. Albert Miller (Chesterton), 52.61; 6. Jason Beyerl (Hamilton SE), 52.80; 7. Logan Elliott (Northridge), 53.42; 8. Zachary Johnson (Homestead), 53.83.

100 Breast – 1. Tyler Lemert (FW Concordia), 55.65; 2. Chris Johnson (Lake Central), 56.73; 3. Derek Paul (Hamilton SE), 57.41; 4. Andrew Kaminski (Munster), 58.09; 5. Alec Andringa (FW Snider), 58.42; 6. Robert Durkin (Concordia), 58.79; 7. Colin Gray (Westfield), 59.02; 8. Nicholas Pabon (Michigan City), 1:00.41.

400 Free Relay – 1. Chesterton (Kyle Whitaker, Albert Miller, Adam Thieling, Bill Bass), 3:08.63; 2. Hamilton SE, 3:09.26; 3. Indpls North Central, 3:09.52; 4. Northridge, 3:12.02; 5. Homestead, 3:12.09; 6. Carmel, 3:12.46; 7. Zionsville, 3:14.06; 8. Munster, 3:14.09.

 

Posted 2/26/2007

 

 

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