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
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.”
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.
versatile. We can move her around some if we need to.”
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
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.
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.”
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.”