Indiana based hotel
manager says data breach hit hotels in 8 states
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
A nationwide hotel operator is investigating a suspected data security
breach that may have compromised credit card and debit card information of
customers who stayed at properties in eight states last year, the company
Services Corp. said in a statement that the suspected breach affected cards
used at hotel restaurants and lounges between March 20 and Dec. 16 at 14
properties it manages. The front desk system also was affected at one
property, according to White Lodging, which did not say how many customers
may have been affected.
accessed data may have included names printed on customers’ credit or debit
cards, credit or debit card numbers, the security code and card expiration
dates,” the company said in a statement released by spokeswoman Kathleen
Ind.-based White Lodging, which owns and manages 168 hotels under various
brands in 21 states and is a separate entity from specific hotel brands,
said the breach may have affected properties in: Chicago; Indianapolis and
Merrillville, Ind.; Austin, Tex.; Richmond, Va.; Erie, Penn.; Louisville,
Ky.; Plantation, Fla.; and Denver, Boulder and Bloomfield, Colo.
White Lodging said
it is working with federal law enforcement officials and the credit card
companies and has initiated a review of all its properties. The properties
include hotels under various Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton brands and include
more than 30 restaurants. The company has nearly $1 billion in annual
revenue and nearly 9,000 employees, according to its website.
identified the properties affected by the breach as:
- Marriott Midway,
- Holiday Inn
Midway, Chicago, IL
- Holiday Inn
Austin Northwest, Austin, TX
- Sheraton Erie
Bayfront, Erie, PA
- Westin Austin at
the Domain, Austin, TX
- Marriott Boulder,
- Marriott Denver
South, Denver, CO
- Marriott Austin
South, Austin, TX
Indianapolis Downtown, Indianapolis, IN
- Marriott Richmond
Downtown, Richmond, VA
Louisville Downtown, Louisville KY
Plantation, Plantation, FL
Broomfield Flatiron, Broomfield, CO
- Radisson Star
Plaza, Merrillville, IN (both food and beverage and front desk system)
against escaped Michigan prisoner
IONIA, Mich. (AP) -
A convicted killer captured in a stolen car in Indiana after a daring
one-day escape from a Michigan prison has been charged with kidnapping and
other crimes, officials said Tuesday.
The charges were
filed in Ionia County, Mich., while police were hunting for Michael David
Elliot, who was arrested Monday night in LaPorte County, Ind., more than 150
miles from the Ionia Correctional Facility.
Elliot, 40, was
charged with escape, kidnapping and carjacking, according to the Ionia
County District Court. He is accused of escaping through two prison fences
Sunday night and then stealing a Jeep with a woman inside while armed with a
The woman escaped
when they stopped for gas in Elkhart County, Ind. The Jeep was later found
abandoned in nearby Shipshewana, Ind. By evening, Elliot was captured in
another stolen vehicle in LaPorte County, Ind.
Michigan now will
seek to extradite Elliot.
The woman whom
Elliot abducted was able to call 911 from a concealed cellphone while Elliot
was pumping gas at the store near Middlebury, Ind.
In the 911 call,
the woman calmly tells the dispatcher her location and says she has been
“I’m hostage to an
escaped convict from Ionia Correctional Facility in Ionia, Mich.,” the woman
says, according to a recording of the 911 call.
On the dispatcher’s
advice, she ran to a restroom and locked herself inside. Elliot knocked on
the door, but the woman stayed locked in there until police arrived.
launched a door-to-door hunt of the area, but didn’t track Elliot down until
hours later after getting a report of a car stolen from a factory in the
city of LaPorte, said sheriff’s Maj. John Boyd. A deputy who happened to be
nearby spotted the Chevrolet Monte Carlo “within a few seconds,” he said.
Elliot tried to run
but he was arrested and taken to jail, where he was being held without bond,
put in 241 years of
By JEFF SCHULTZ
The Duneland School
Corporation will say goodbye to nine of its teachers and staff retiring this
Superintendent of Operations and Human Relations Monte Moffett said the
corporation is “graduating” 267.5 years of teaching experience with 241 of
those at Duneland among the retirees.
“Their efforts will
surely be missed. We thank them for their time, energy, and commitment to
our kids,” said Moffett.
The retiree with
the most years is Chesterton High School mathematics teacher Stephen Kearney
who started teaching 44 years ago. Kearney is also a 1966 graduate of CHS,
Putting in another
40-plus years is Yost Elementary P.E. teacher Connie Hamilton whose teaching
career spans 42.5 years with 41 of those at the Duneland Schools.
Yost 4th Grade
teacher Mary Jo Keck is retiring with 32 years of service exclusively at
4th Grade teacher Richard Piechnik has 37 years of teaching service with 26
of those at Duneland.
Yost Elementary 4th
Grade teacher Debra Imhof has 26 years of service at Duneland.
Yost music teacher
Martha Kearney has taught for 23 years at Duneland.
guidance director Dianna Whitman has 25 years of experience with 21 of those
3rd Grade teacher Claudia Trzeciak is retiring after 19 years of teaching.
CMS English teacher
Linda Peele is retiring with 17 years of teaching, nine of those at Duneland.
Board President Ralph Ayres echoed Moffett’s comments saying these nine
educators have shown dedication to the “Duneland Difference.”
“They never truly
retire. They keep on educating,” he said.
Also in his
personnel report, Moffett named appointments including Bailly Elementary ELL
aide Nicole Clark, Duneland maintenance department worker Kyle Jimenez,
groundskeeper Greg Martinson, custodian Donna Nay, CHS JV softball assistant
coach Emily Frikken, CHS 9th Grade basketball coach Casey Martin, Duneland
high ability aide Melissa Valtierra and Liberty Elementary tech aide Dawn
this month are Duneland high ability aide Laura O’Dell, CMS instructional
aide Matt Mullin, Bailly Elementary ELL aide Jodi Thieleman, and Duneland
maintenance worker Jim Romanak.
Taking child care
leave from Feb. 10 to March 6 is Yost Elementary 1st Grade teacher Erin
Schools set makeup
day Feb. 17; Spring head count lower than fall
By JEFF SCHULTZ
Winter’s deluge of
arctic air and mounds of snow will stick around for another week and while
Duneland School students may be getting a kick out of the back-to-back snow
days, they may not like hearing they will be making up one of those on
President’s Day, Feb. 17.
Duneland school board meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dave Pruis said the
district missed a total of five days last month due to the “polar vortex,”
specifically Jan. 6, 7, 8, 20, and 21. The Indiana Department of Education
approved a waiver for Jan. 6 and 7, which leaves three days that Duneland
will need to reschedule.
“It’s in everyone’s
best interest that we make up what instructional time we can for our
students,” Pruis said.
had set aside Friday, Feb. 14 as the first make-up day, with a second on
Friday, April 25. But to avoid tacking on more days to the school calendar,
Pruis announced the decision that Presidents’ Day on Monday, Feb. 17, will
be the third designated make-up day.
Pruis said he
realizes some families may have already made plans for recreational
activities, but asked that all children attend school that day. President’s
Day is a national holiday that students typically have off.
“We hope we don’t
have any more visits from the polar vortex,” said Pruis. “Whenever we cancel
school, we understand it’s a big inconvenience. Students may be cheering but
moms and dads aren’t. The staff and teachers aren’t exactly happy about it
either. It all goes to show that safety is the number one priority.”
Pruis added that
Duneland is lucky to have “dodged a bullet” on Jan. 22 when a narrow band of
heavy snow showers was moving towards Porter County, then moved west dumping
more than 20 inches on some areas of Lake County.
“You can’t predict
it,” he said.
Also in his
superintendent’s comments, Pruis said Monday was the spring 2014 average
daily membership count date, which will be used to determine how much a
school will get in funding for the next six months, or the rest of the
Pruis said the
unofficial number as of Monday stood at 5,687.5 students, about 35 less than
what the count was in September. He said that is “not too bad” considering
there were reportedly 28 students at the high school who graduated midterm.
Also, the school
board signed to receive an Indiana Secured Safety Grant for the 2015 fiscal
year with funds from the Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of
a school corporation or a charter school to employ a school resource
officer, perform a threat assessment and to purchase equipment to aid in
that are Duneland’s size can receive a matching grant of up to $50,000 a
Pruis mentioned a
new ruling by the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission would require the
board to approve an amendment with the Damon Run Conservancy District’s
agreement for sanitary sewer and water utility services.
Board member Ron
Stone said he would be apprehensive giving his approval on a new agreement
with DRCD, saying it bothered him that some constituents in Liberty Twp.
have said they’ve “gotten jacked” with rate increases when they were told
rates would be lower with the annex of Porter Regional Hospital.
of Services Greg Lindy said there are changes to the fee structure but it
will not be an increase on the rates the school corporation is currently
paying the DRCD.
“It’s the same
amount as it used to be,” Lindy said.
With that, Stone
ended up voting in favor of the amendment with the rest of his peers, 5-0.
Field trip to
In other business,
the board approved an out-of-state field trip for CHS students who will
travel to Kennesaw, Ga. to participate in the Locomotive Half Marathon and
Locomotive Thunder 5K events.
Pruis said the 13
students and the five adult supervisors going on the trip are paying the
expenses themselves and providing their own transportation. The group will
leave Friday after school and will return Sunday night, he said.
president Ralph Ayres announced the Porter County Retired Teachers
Association will hold its third annual legislative forum open to the public
at Wheeler High School at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.
He also noted
Monday was the last day that house bills could be voted on by state
representatives to be passed on to the Senate. The Senate will need to have
their bills ready to pass to the House on Wednesday, Ayres said.
“After this week,
we can get a better photograph as to where this affects public education,”
Pruis also praised
the CHS Debate team, which recently brought home the title of State
Champions. This if the 24th state title CHS has received since 1983, he
Chesterton held a
lead over its closest rival West Lafayette by a total of 15.5 points.
Pruis also lauded
the Westchester Intermediate students who scored high in the 5th/6th grade
Corn Belt Thinking Cap Quiz.
Another mention was
the CHS girls swim team who were champions in the Duneland Athletic
Conference in January.
The board approved
its upcoming meeting dates for Monday, March 3, and Monday, April 14.
temps lead to spike in gas consumption, cost
temperatures across northern Indiana during January were 39 percent colder
than last year Ñ17 degrees this past January, compared to 28 degrees in
January 2013Ñresulting in the average residential natural-gas customer’s
increasing consumption by 34 percent over last year.
consumption will cost customers around $36 more than they paid in January
2013 and $19 more than what was originally projected, the Northern Indiana
Public Service Company said today.
Actual bills will
vary by customer, of course, depending on household size, age of appliances,
and usage, among other factors.
“The first two
months of the year typically represent the highest bills of the year for
Indiana homes and businesses, as well as other parts of the Midwest,” said
Deb Owen, NIPSCO’s executive director of customer service. “Our region
experienced some of the coldest days in the last several decades, resulting
in higher than normal usage. Even with thermostats being set at a fixed
temperature, it doesn’t escape the fact that heating systems have to
constantly run to keep up with dropping outdoor temperatures.”
“The extreme cold
has increased the price of all heating energy around the country, including
natural gas and propane,” NIPSCO said. “Throughout these conditions, NIPSCO
did not experience any significant operational challenges to serve its
customers, and NIPSCO has been able to acquire the additional supplies to
meet the critical demand.”
prices may impact bills in future months, and forecasts for February are
calling for colder than normal temperatures, which may also increase
customer usage,” NIPSCO added.
of a customer bill is determined by the cost of natural gas and a customer’s
usage, NIPSCO noted. “By law, NIPSCO has no mark-up and makes no profit on
the cost of natural gas billed to its customers. Before billing, natural gas
commodity costs must be reviewed by the Indiana Utility Regulatory
to be the lowest natural gas cost provider in IndianaÑ$40 below the state
average for JanuaryÑaccording to the IURC’s monthly residential bill
comparison survey,” NIPSCO said.
extremely cold winter, NIPSCO still encourages customers to be efficient in
the use of energy.
temperatures and weather also posed unsafe conditions for NIPSCO meter
readers to provide actual reads for many customers and, instead, customers
received estimated readings,” NIPSCO said. “For those customers who received
an estimated bill, their actual usage will be reconciled the following
month. Customers can enter their meter reading anytime through their online
account or through NIPSCO’s automated phone system.”
Billing and Payment
Customers who are
experiencing financial difficulties are encouraged to call NIPSCO’s Customer
Care Center to determine what options might be available to offer help.
Programs: Based on income levels, customers may qualify to receive state and
federal utility assistance dollars, as well as support funds from separate
NIPSCO programs, by visiting their local community action agency.
¥BudgetPlan: A free
service to all NIPSCO customers to help manage their monthly energy bills by
spreading out gas costs over an entire year.
Arrangements: Allows customers to make an initial payment within four days
of the agreement, then spread the remaining unpaid balance over three
months, plus current bills as they are due.
information on billing options and payment assistance, visit NIPSCO.com/PaymentAssistance
energy efficiency programs, customers can pinpoint ways to manage their
energy usage and, in turn, their bills. A full list of programs available to
NIPSCO customers to help manage energy use can be found at NIPSCO.com/SaveEnergy
VPD Fifth robbery
by same suspect
A suspect in four
armed robberies in Valparaiso is believed to have committed a fifth on
Friday, of Ribordy Liquors at 1665 W. Morthland Drive.
Valparaiso Police, at 5:35 p.m. a male subjectÑhis face partially
coveredÑentered the business with a handgun and demanded cash from the
register. He was last seen running westbound from the store.
The suspect was
described as being a black male, 5’ 7’’ in height and 150 pounds, wearing
baggy blue jeans and a hooded sweat shirt.
believe the suspect to be the same man who robbed at gunpoint three other
city businesses: the Valparaiso Quick Trip, twice, on Nov. 22 and again on
Dec. 2; Buz’s Liquor Store on Dec. 15; and the Save Gas Station on Dec. 18.
information about the suspect is urged to call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.
Persons may also contact the VPD anonymously, by sending a tip to TIP411
(847-411) and enter the keyword “Valpo” prior to sending the message.
ISP Avoid stupid
driving behaviors or dont drive at all during this snowstorm
The Indiana State
Police is reminding motoristsÑas the season’s next storm approaches the
regionÑthat winter weather doesn’t cause traffic accidents.
decisions and skills cause traffic accidents.
hazardous driving conditions will be issued by city, county, and state law
enforcement as well as by local and national media,” the ISP said in a
statement released today. “Many will heed the warnings. Many more will
ignore the warnings. With another major storm approaching, the Indiana State
Police, again, reminds motorists to limit travel when possible. If travel is
not necessary, then stay home.”
“Most calls for
service received by the Indiana State Police and other police agencies
during winter storms are for crashes and motorists that slide off state
roads and interstates,” the ISP added. “It is important to remember that
snow and ice covered roads do not cause crashes. The crashes are caused by
unsafe driving on the snow and ice covered roadway.”
For those who must
travel in bad weather, the ISP offers these tips:
¥Leave sooner and
expect your travel time to be twice as long as normal.
following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by at least
five times greater than normal.
intersections with great care. Other drivers not paying attention will slide
through red lights.
¥Signal all lane
changes and turning movements.
“The posted speed
limit may be more than twice as fast as the reduced speed drivers should
travel to reduce the possibility of a collision or loss of control that puts
a vehicle into a retaining wall, ditch, or another motorist,” the ISP said.
9-21-5-1 specifies that “Speed shall be restricted as necessary to avoid
colliding with a person, vehicle, or other conveyance on, near or entering a
control of their vehicle or who are involved in a crash resulting in a
police report should expect to be cited for this offense, which carries a
maximum fine of $500,” the ISP said.
“If you are
involved in a crash, are uninjured, and all vehicles are drivable, involved
drivers should move to a safe place completely off the road, be it the next
exit or to the parking lot of a business, to await law enforcement response
for a police report,” the ISP said. “It is important to remember that
crashes involving injury or lane blockage receive priority attention ahead
of property damage crashes. So keep in mind that it may be an extended
period of time before law enforcement arrives.”
The whole reason
for moving drivable vehicles off the road after an accident, the ISP added,
“is to avoid secondary crashes of other inattentive motorists crashing into
your scene or sideswiping you if you’ve only moved to the side of the road.”
something else to keep in mind, the ISP said: “Crash scenes with vehicles
disabled in the roadway and state police presence may have the state police
vehicle facing the wrong way with emergency lights and headlights on. This
is to warn approaching motorists of impending danger.”
And remember this
as well: Indiana’s Move Over Law states motorists must change lanes
away from the emergency or utility vehicle if they can do it safely.
If not possible to
move away from the emergency vehicle, motorists must slow down and proceed
with caution. “Please give us room to work,” the ISP said. “We are asking
motorists to slow down and/or move over when safe to do so.”
in the Move Over law are police vehicles, ambulances., fire trucks and
rescue equipment, highway incident-response vehicles, highway work vehicles
including snow plows, and tow trucks.
More: “The point of
not calling police agencies for road information during snow emergencies
cannot be overstressed. Calling police departments about road conditions may
delay action on critical life emergency 911 calls. Road conditions are
likely the same for the area you want to know about as they are looking out
your front window.”
state police facilities to ask for road conditions will be directed to
either call the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Road and Weather
automated system at (800) 262-7623 or visit the INDOT traffic map at
The 800 phone
service is voice activated and updated with timely road conditions across
Indiana. The INDOT web link allows users to check on specific locations for
current closures and other road information.
For Indiana county
travel status reports, visit
CPD Two crashes on
49 separated by a minute
accident on Ind. 49 on Sunday was followed a minute later by a two-vehicle
accident which involved one of the original three vehicles, Chesterton
police, at 8:44 a.m. Gabriella L. Royko, 18, of Liberty Township, was
northbound on Ind. 49 when her brakes “locked up” as she was approaching a
red light at 1100N. Royko clipped the rear bumper of a second vehicle
stopped in the right lane, then bounced off and clipped the bumper of a
third vehicle stopped in the left lane, police said.
The driver of the
second vehicle was Guy A. Jocius, 64, of Valparaiso. The driver of the third
vehicle was Charles T. Compton, 56, of Valparaiso.
All three drivers
moved their vehicles to the shoulder of the road, where at 8:45 a.m. Royko’s
vehicle was rear-ended by Christopher L. Klimek, 40, of Valparaiso, as
Klimek was northbound on Ind. 49. Klimek advised police that “it looked like
there was plenty of room to make it around” Royko’s vehicle but “as he got
closer his tires lost grip and he rear-ended it.”
total damage in the first crashÑto Royko’s 2013 Ford Focus, Jocius’ 2009
Honda Civic, and Compton’s 2012 Honda CR-VÑat up to $5,000.
total damage in the second crashÑto Klimek’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix and
Royko’s Ford FocusÑat up to $2,500.
DHS Keep checking
weather forecast today
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is urging Hoosiers to be prepared for
the winter storm predicted to hit the state today, in some places during the
afternoon rush hour.
expected to get another round of heavy snow and ice that could make travel
hazardous throughout the state,” DHS said in a statement released today.
“The National Weather Service predicts five to 10 inches of snow could fall
in portions of central and northern Indiana, and there is a possibility for
accumulations of ice and snow for portions of southern Indiana.”
“The timing of this
storm could impact Hoosiers traveling home from work or to evening
activities and could affect travel on Wednesday,” DHS noted. “State
agencies, including Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of
Homeland Security, are urging drivers to remain patient and not become
overconfident behind the wheel.”
DHS is advising
folks to monitor local media throughout the day to keep abreast of the
latest weather forecast.
Management Agencies provide updates on county travel status. Counties may be
placed under travel advisories, alerts, or warnings. The county travel
status map can be found at
In severe winter
weather situations, law enforcement may be busy responding to emergency
calls for service. DO NOT call local law enforcement or 911 for road
or call (800) 261-ROAD for road information.
For more winter
weather safety and preparedness tips, visit
Stephen R. Grieger
service Saturday February 8
Stephen R. Grieger,
of Pine Township, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014.
He was born on July
7, 1964, to Roger Grieger, who survives in Michigan City, Ind., and Sandra
Keiffer-Grieger, who survives in Bemidji, Minn.
Also surviving are
his brother, Jerry Grieger of Squaw Lake, Minn., along with three nieces.
visitation and service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at New
Creation Church, 9009 W Pahs Rd., Michigan City, Ind., from 3 until 6 p.m.
under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton. To send an
online condolence, visit
S. Wallace, age 62, of LaPorte, Ind., passed away on Saturday, February 1,
2014 at IU Health LaPorte Hospital following an extended illness and a
She was born in
Valparaiso, Ind., on January 21, 1952 to George and Doris (Maney) Stout.
She was married to
her beloved husband Paul Wallace who preceded her in death in 2008.
Surviving are her
siblings, Dennis (Connie) Stout of LaPorte, Pam (Bob) Furdo of Chesterton,
Ind., Debbie Moulton of Chesterton, and Candace (Paul) Jones of Tennessee;
sister-in-law, Linda (Bob) Parlin of LaCrosse, Ind.; aunt, Margaret Rhoda of
Chesterton; her step-children, Michael (Rachel) Wallace of Colorado, Trinity
(Joe) Jiminiz of Michigan City, Ind., and Chad (Debbie) Wallace of Union
Mills, Ind.; seven step-grandchildren, Madison, Gavin, Trenton, Kayla,
Alexis, Devon, and Cory; several nieces and nephews; special friends,
Virginia Hoffman, Sue Barr, as well as Fred and Nadine Ellington whom she
loved like her own.
She was preceded in
death by her parents; husband; and special friend, Charlotte Gilton who
passed away the same day and hour as Connie.
Connie retired from
LaPorte Hospital as an Ultrasound Technician after over 35 years of faithful
service. She was a member of the Stillwell Rod & Gun Club and Salem United
Methodist Church, where she served on the financial committee as well as
serving the church in any way she could. She enjoyed fishing and hunting
with her husband for many years. Connie was a very selfless person who
always put the needs of others before her own. Her many acts of friendship,
kindness, and love will never be forgotten.
A Celebration of
Life Service will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Cutler
Funeral Home and Cremation Center.
Family and friends
will be received from 1-4 p.m. prior to the service on Thursday. A private
cremation committal will take place.
contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach
Dr., Mishawaka, IN, 46545.
Condolences may be
shared with the family online at
Rep Moseley working
to protect pensions
State Rep. Chuck
Moseley, D-Portage, led Indiana House members this past week in passing
legislation that helps protect pension benefits for numerous public
employees and teachers from the risks of private sector control.
By an 83-16 margin
that included strong support from Republicans and Democrats alike,
representatives passed House Bill 1075, legislation co-authored by Moseley
that tells the Indiana Public Retirement System’s (IPRS) board of trustees
that it cannot use third party vendors to oversee annuities available to
employees who work for state and local units of government and schools.
“This margin should
make it clear that the House feels that the state needs to be in control of
the retirement benefits, rather than having those matters pushed off to a
private party that is more interested in collecting profits for itself than
protecting the futures of thousands of people across Indiana,” Moseley said.
“I hope it also
serves as a warning to the people who serve on the IPRS board that they must
be accountable and responsible for their actions,” he added.
State retirees are
on a system that contains two parts: a defined benefit plan that is funded
by the government and schools for its workers and a savings account that can
be funded by employees or employers.
When a worker
retires, he or she can cash out the savings account in a lump sum, roll it
into a different retirement account, or convert it into an annuity that pays
out benefits over a number of years.
At present, the
annuity carries a 7.5-percent interest rate, which IPRS board members felt
was too high. Their solution was to transfer administration of the annuities
over to a third party, which would set an interest rate for the accounts.
“The involvement of
a private entity in the affairs of public employees was upsetting to many of
us, and those feelings were aggravated by the attitude of IPRS board
members, who appeared to believe that they could do what they wanted and
they didn’t really care what anyone else felt,” Moseley said.
maintained that attitude, even after being told by Moseley and other members
of the Pension Management Oversight Commission (PMOC) that they preferred
state control over all aspects of the retirement system.
“They continued to
be belligerent, which led the legislators on PMOC to proceed with House Bill
1075, which was authored by State Representative Woody Burtonk
(R-Whiteland),” Moseley said. “It is my hope that this spirit of
bipartisanship on behalf of so many dedicated state workers will continue as
this matter proceeds through the Indiana Senate in the weeks to come.”
CHS sets seven
Duneland Conference swim records to win 18th straight title
certainly sounded like a broken record on Monday night as the Chesterton
public address announcer constantly announced another broken record at the
Duneland Athletic Conference boys swimming championships.
The Trojans broke
seven conference records, including three pool records, as the hosts
dominated the DAC meet for the 18th straight year, knocking off runner-up
Crown Point 537-378.
broke four conference records, including pool records in the 100 Fly (48.20)
and the 100 Back (49.15). The 100 Back record was previously held by Crown
Point’s Paul Schmidt (2002, 52.22). With Whitaker’s win, Chesterton now
holds every DAC record.
“It’s cool to see
that we have people that cover the entire spectrum,” Whitaker said. “We’re
keeping the tradition alive.”
Along with keeping
up the tradition and adding another year to an impressive streak, Whitaker
was happy to leave the pool deck with what the senior felt was a statement
performance to the rest of the state.
“We’re still here,”
Whitaker said. “We knew the scores from the (2013 state) second place team
and we wanted to send a message.”
Whitaker helped set
the tone from the beginning of the night as he combined with Gary Kostbade,
Blake Pieroni and Jack Wallar to break Chesterton’s 2008 record in the 200
Medley Relay by nearly two full seconds. The Trojans hit the wall in
1:33.66, more than six seconds ahead of Crown Point.
The Bulldogs were
playing catch-up for the rest of the night as Pieroni set the second of his
three school records in the 200 Free (1:39.12) in the first individual race
of the evening. Pieroni later set a pool record in the 100 Free (44.56),
besting Seth Barry’s 2002 time of 45.97.
“The weather has
been unfortunate lately and it was different coming in here on a Monday
night,” Pieroni said. “I thought we did a good job and handled it alright. I
was happy with most of my times.”
Ethan Whitaker won
both of his individual events (200 IM, 500 Free) and helped set conference
records in the 200 (1:25.90) and 400 (3:11.23) Free Relays. The Trojans
swept all 11 swimming events as Jack Wallar added victories in the 50 Free
(22.07) and 100 Breast (58.45).
about the end of the season,” Kinel said. “This (process) has been crazy and
a little hard, but it’s very rewarding. We had a lot of great swimming
Boys DAC Swim
1. Chesterton 537,
2. Crown Point 378, 3. Lake Central 288, 4. Valparaiso 286, 5. Portage
215.5, 6. Michigan City 159.5, 7. LaPorte 153, 8. Merrillville 85.
200 MEDLEY RELAY --
1. Chesterton (Aaron Whitaker, Gary Kostbade, Blake Pieroni, Jack Wallar)
1:33.66*, 2. Crown Point 1:39.98, 3. Lake Central 1:42.79, 4. Michigan City
1:45:13, 5. Portage 1:45.35, 6. LaPorte 1:48.55.
200 FREE -- 1.
Pieroni (C) 1:39.12*, 2. Andrew Antonetti (V) 1:45.77, 3. Josh VanNevel (C)
1:46.09, 4. Jack Kurfman (C) 1:46.75, 5. Isaiah Parrish (V) 1:48.47, 6.
Mikee Janes (P) 1:52.01.
200 IM -- 1. Ethan
Whitaker (C) 1:57.63, 2. Patrick Curley (C) 1:58.94, 3. Andy Hurst (C)
2:00.85, 4. Josh Barajas (LC) 2:01.23, 5. Greg Logothetis (CP) 2:05.03, 6.
Timothy Schoof (MC) 2:06.29.
50 FREE -- 1.
Wallar (C) 22.07, 2. Wesley Slaughter (C) 22.08, 3. Kostbade (C) 22.49, 4.
Andrew Kvachkoff (CP) 22.55, 5. Connor Homans (LC) 22.66, 6. Taylor Schooler
100 FLY -- 1.
A.Whitaker (C) 48.20*, 2. Tony Kincaid (C) 52.52, 3. Joey Karczewski (CP)
52.81, 4. Timothy Schoof (MC) 53.82, 5. Curley (C) 54.18, 6. Alexander Nunn
100 FREE -- 1.
Pieroni (C) 44.56*, 2. Slaughter (C) 48.20, 3. Antonetti (V) 48.71, 4.
Parrish (V) 49.17, 5. Jack Kurfman (C) 49.28, 6. Connor Homans (LC) 49.38.
500 FREE -- 1.
E.Whitaker (C) 4:41.54, 2. VanNevel (C) 4:49.14, 3. Barajas (LC) 4:58.20, 4.
Rastovski (V) 5:07.08, 5. Nunn (L) 5:08.31, 6. Alden Wright (C) 5:11.56.
200 FREE RELAY --
1. Chesterton (Wallar, Pieroni, E.Whitaker, Kostbade) 1:25.90*, 2.
Valparaiso 1:39.49, 3. Crown Point 1:32.68, 4. Lake Central 1:32.91, 5.
Portage 1:39.08, 6. Michigan City 1:40.54.
100 BACK -- 1.
A.Whitaker (C) 49.15*, 2. Karczewski (CP) 54.19, 3. Nate Rodriguez (C)
54.69, 4. Hurst (C) 54.81, 5. A.J. Huls (CP) 56.30, 6. Ben Klimczak (L)
100 BREAST -- 1.
Wallar (C) 58.45, 2. Kvachkoff (CP) 59.02, 3. Kostbade (C) 1:00.77, 4.
Andrew Gillen (C) 1:01.56, 5. Matt Applegate (LC) 1:04.60, 6. (tie) Joel
Uban (V) 1:07.97, Logan Nippert (LC) 1:07.97.
400 FREE RELAY --
1. Chesterton (E.Whitaker, Curley, Slaughter, A.Whitaker) 3:11.23*, 2.
Valparaiso 3:18.37, 3. Crown Point 3:24.12, 4. Michigan City 3:25.88, 5.
Portage 3:32.64, 6. LaPorte 3:33.65.
Diving -- 1. John
Fannin (P) 467.70, 2. Alex Morgan (LC) 388.15, 3. Drake Hunt (LC) 368.15, 4.
Brandon Crosby (P) 357.90, 5. Sage Chiaro (CP) 351.10, 6. Demitri Malher