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Trojan Girls dive into season tonight

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The Chesterton girls swim team missed a runner-up spot in the 2015-2016 State Finals by just 1-point last year. Motivation won’t be a problem this year.

“The girls just missed runner-up last year and I think that’s a motivator for them,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “They were devastated last year and if that’s motivation for them É good.”

The Trojans return five swimmers who scored individually at the State Finals last year and get the return of senior Caylee Casbon who missed the post-season last year with an injury.

“Our expectations are the same every year,” Kinel said. “We’ve got a lot of seniors and a lot of leadership. We’ve got a lot of State experience back and they put in a good summer. All systems are go.”

Seniors Cara Kroeger and Amy Socha scored in two individual events, while Hanas scored in the 50 Free (13th) and was on two relays.

Kroeger was 4th in the 200 IM and 5th in the 100 Backstroke, while Socha finished 11th in the 100 Fly and was 14th in the 500 Free.

“Cara finaled two events last year and will be huge on relays,” Kinel said. “Amy is our top flyer now and she has to continue to be good for us in the 500 (Free) too.”

The Trojans also got points from junior Lauryn Kallay who finished 5th in the 500 Free and was 11th in the 200 Free and sophomore Jacklyn Klimczak who finished 16th in the 100 Back.

“Lauryn scored in two events last year and should be able to do that again,” Kinel said. “Just like everyone else, we’ll want her to bump up in both events and she’s more than capable of that. Jacklyn will be big for us in relays and individually.

“She’s so versatile. We can move her around some if we need to.”

Chesterton’s depth might be even better than in years past.

“The talent is there,” Kinel said. “You just never know if its going to come out. We think it will.”

Seniors Cameron Klimczak, MacKenzie Kirkham, Aubrey Wing and Amy Thompson will play pivotal roles in the pool, according to Kinel.

“Cameron, we think is going to have a huge role,” Kinel said. “She had a tremendous summer and has just gotten better and better. MacKenzie was right on the verge last year of really jumping into the middle of things for us. Amy is a senior now and might be someone who can really help us.

“Aubrey has to be good for us in the breaststroke too.”

Junior Katie Craig, along with sophomores Jada Eshenaur and Jenn Gillen, also add to the depth. Freshman Abi Raines should also find her way into the lineup.

“Katie qualified for State in two events last year,” Kinel said. “Jenn had a great summer. She has to be in the thick of things for us in the breaststroke. Jada had a huge year last year and may really breakout this year.

“Abi has a chance to be an immediate scorer for us. There are several freshmen that could work their way into the lineup.”

The Trojans should also get a boost from a solid diving corps that includes junior Piper Downing and sophomore Sarah Schimpf.

“Our divers, Piper and Sarah, could be really good for us this year,” Kinel said. “They continue to improve. They are getting better and better.”

Chesterton opens the season tonight as they travel to Highland for a 6 p.m. start.

“We get good competition right away,” Kinel said. “We’ve got a couple of meets to get going and then we hit Northridge and a those big relays right away in December. We’ll get really tested and that’s good for us. It forced them to get themselves ready in the pre-season.

“Our pre-season was good and the things we’ve done, we’re actually a little ahead of last year. The kids are excited.”




Posted 11/10/2016




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