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CHS boys win back-to-back Indiana swim championships setting state and national HS records

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By TR HARLAN

Back-to-Back.

The Chesterton boys swim team set the tone early and dominated its way to a second consecutive IHSAA State Championship in Indianapolis on Saturday.

It was the fourth state title in seven years for the Trojans.

“It feels awfully good and they are such a special group of kids,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “There were so many expectations coming off of last year with the kids that we had coming back. To handle it this well against all these great teams and coaches is really special.”

Coming off of an impressive prelims performance on Friday night, the Trojans opened the meet in the 200 Medley Relay with a State Record and a National Public School Record.

The quartet of Aaron Whitaker, Jack Wallar, Blake Pieroni and Gary Kostbade finished in 1:29.64.

“Breaking the National Record is pretty awesome,” Wallar said. “That was the goal, but we didn’t really know if we could do it. Our exchanges were a little slow (in prelims Friday). We knew if we picked up our exchanges we’d have a chance.”

Ethan Whitaker followed that up with a second place finish in the 200 Free (1:38.10) ahead of Pieroni winning the 200 IM (1:46.83). Patrick Curley finished 15th in the 200 IM (1:54.99) as well.

“In the prelims, I felt a lot better,” Pieroni said. “I went out faster today and died a little bit. It just happened. I felt good until the breaststroke and I don’t know why. It’s a win.”

After Wallar finished 13th in the 50 Free (21.63) and Diving took place, it was time to start the second half of the meet and start scoreboard watching.

Aaron Whitaker set a State Record in winning the 100 Fly (46.31) and Kostbade finished 15th (52.15) to give the Trojans 105 team points through five events. Avon was second (87) and Penn (84) third.

“Pretty good race,” Whitaker said. “I didn’t quite go as fast as I wanted to go. I went after it and thought about last year and how I dropped a lot of time from prelims to finals. I just wanted to do it again.”

The Chesterton onslaught continued as Pieroni won the 100 Free (43.81).

“I took it out really slow,” Pieroni said. “The start was really fast and I wasn’t ready for it. I brought it back pretty good in the last half. This was our ultimate goal from day one. This was the most important thing for us to do and I’m glad we did it.”

In the 500 Free, Ethan Whitaker finished third (4:29.47) and junior Josh VanNevel was 15th (4:42.28).

“You get kids together like Aaron, Ethan, Blake and Jack and you can build a State team around them,” Kinel said. “You can build a dynasty around kids like that. You have to give them credit for staying hungry and setting goals.”

Chesterton’s foursome of Wallar, Ethan Whitaker, Kostbade and Wesley Slaughter finished fourth (1:25.59) in the 200 Free Relay as the Trojans lead was cut to 173-157 over second place Penn.

“We knew going in Friday that we had to be consistent with our relays and our second and third line kids had to score,” Kinel said. “That really helped. It was such a true team effort.”

Aaron Whitaker’s victory in the 100 Back in a State Record time of 47.06 was a big swing on the scoreboard as neither Penn nor Avon had anyone in the event.

“It was a good race,” Whitaker said. “I put in the time and work to swim the time I got. I’m happy with the hard work paying off. There were some things I could’ve fixed to make it even better.”

In the last individual event of the day, Wallar finished 11th in the 100 Breast (57.53), while Kostbade was 16th (58.14).

As the 400 Free Relay walked onto the deck, the Trojans maintained a 34-point lead over Avon.

One day after setting the National Public School Record (2:59.36) in the prelims, the Trojans group of Pieroni, Ethan Whitaker, Curley and Aaron Whitaker won another state title in a winning time of 3:01.65.

“Today we were playing it safe,” Ethan Whitaker said. “The only bad thing we could do is get DQ’d. Just like last year, we were safe on the exchange and then tried to go fast once you were in the water.”

“The two national records have been on their radar all year,” Kinel said. “That didn’t just happen with one great swim. They’ve really put in the time and work to accomplish that. It’s great to see them get rewarded for it.”

And that finished off another Team State title.

“As a senior, it’s even better than last year,” Ethan Whitaker said. “This is our last meet of our high school careers and it’s a great way to finish up.”

IHSAA State Finals

AT INDIANAPOLIS

Team Results

1. Chesterton 240, 2. Avon 198, 3. Penn 187, 4. Columbus North 133, 5. Carmel 124, 6. Bloomington South 115, 7. Hamilton Southeastern 109, 8. Northridge 107, 9. Zionsville 105, 10. Carroll 84, 11. Franklin Community 79, 12. Homestead 72, 13. Munster 66.5, 14. West Lafayette 66, 15. Jeffersonville 61, 16. Evansville Reitz 59, 17. Castle 50, 18. Valparaiso 46, 19. SB St. Joseph’s 38, 20. Center Grove 37, 21. Westfield 33, 22. North Central 28, 23. Fishers 26, 24. Lawrence North 25.5, 25. Indian Creek 20, 26. Floyd Central 19, 27. Western 18, 28. (tie) FW Snider, Lake Central and Park Tudor 16, 31. Pendleton Heights 14, 32. Portage 13, 33. (tie) Lafayette Harrison and Greencastle 12, 35. Noblesville 11, 36. (tie) Crown Point, Warsaw and Bloomington North 10, 39. (tie) Martinsville, Terre Haute South and Warren Central 7, 42. Brebeuf Jesuit 5, 43. (tie) Elkhart Central and Highland 4, 45. Greenfield Central 3, 46. Batesville 2, 47. Brownsburg 1.

Individual Results

200 MEDLEY RELAY -- 1. Chesterton (Aaron Whitaker, Jack Wallar, Blake Pieroni, Gary Kostbade) 1:29.64 (STATE RECORD), 2. Bloomington South 1:32.71, 3. Avon 1:33.22, 4. Penn 1:33.91, 5. Zionsville 1:35.33, 6. Northridge 1:35.34.

200 FREE -- 1. Parks Jones (AV) 1:37.11, 2. Ethan Whitaker (CHE) 1:38.10, 3. Adam Destrampe (FC) 1:39.62, 4. Andrew Antonetti (VAL) 1:40.07, 5. Ben Burdick (CAR) 1:40.90, 6. Luke Johnson (HS) 1:41.03.

200 IM -- 1. Blake Pieroni (CHE) 1:46.83, 2. Cody Taylor (CN) 1:48.35, 3. Jon Stoller (NR) 1:49.60, 4. Brandon Colonis (WL) 1:49.87, 5. Chandler Bray (AV) 1:51.06, 6. Grant Lewis (AV) 1:51.57, 15. Patrick Curley (CH) 1:54.99.

50 FREE -- 1. Kyle DeCoursey (ZION) 20.59, 2. Mate Kovacs (PENN) 20.65, 3. Tim Martin (JVILLE) 20.75, 4. Trey Kolleck (CASTLE) 20.99, 5. Sam Loescher (CN) 21.09, 6. Nick Wonder (BS) 21.19., 13. Jack Wallar (CHE) 21.63.

DIVING -- 1. Cody Coldren (HS) 536.20, 2. Kevin Frebel (HOME) 525.45, 3. Elliot Cecil (PT) 461.50, 4. Stirling Fordham (FISH) 459.60, 5. Dylan McCammon (PH) 456.90, 6. John Fannin (POR) 447.60.

100 FLY -- 1. Aaron Whitaker (CHE) 46.31 (STATE RECORD), 2. Daniel O’Brien (CG) 49.26, 3. Gabriel Swardson (FWS) 49,39, 4. Bowen Anderson (PENN) 49.49, 5. Ian Finnerty (BS) 49.63, 6. Ryan Huizing (FWC) 50.21, 15. Gary Kostbade (CHE) 52.15.

100 FREE -- 1. Blake Pieroni (CHE) 43.81, 2. DeCoursey (ZION) 44.74, 3. Tim Martin (JVILLE) 45.60, 4., Sam Loescher (CN) 45.87, 5. Beckman (MUN) 46.37, 6. Trey Kolleck (CASTLE) 46.59.

500 FREE -- 1. Bowen Anderson (PENN) 4:25.01, 2. Parks Jones (AV) 4:29.11, 3. Ethan Whitaker (CHE) 4:29.47, 4. Adam Destrampe (FC) 4:30.03, 5. Spencer Lehman (NR) 4:34.72, 6. Hudson Bursch (PENN) 4:35.08, 8. Andrew Antonetti (VAL) 4:37.80, 15. Josh VanNevel (CHE) 4:42.28.

200 FREE RELAY -- 1. Penn 1:24.65, 2. Evansville Memorial 1:25.05, 2. Columbus North 1:25.05, 4. Chesterton (Jack Wallar, Gary Kostbade, Wesley Slaughter, Ethan Whitaker) 1:25.59, 5. Carmel 1:25.63, 6. Avon 1:25.86.

100 BACK -- 1. Aaron Whitaker (CHE) 47.06 (STATE RECORD), 2. Beckman (MU) 49.82, 2. Adam Noens (LN) 49.82, 4. Joe Young (HSE) 50.00, 5. Nick Wonder (BS) 51.18, 6. Seth Johnson (HOME) 51.24.

100 BREAST -- 1. Cody Taylor (CN) 54.24 (STATE RECORD), 2. Christian Lorenz (AV) 54.88, 3. Ian Finnerty (BS) 55.16, 4. Jon Stoller (NR) 55.96, 5. Chandler Bray (AV) 56.48, 6. Gardner (MU) 56.62, 11. Jack Wallar (CH) 57.53, 16. Gary Kostbade (CH) 58.14.

400 FREE RELAY -- 1. Chesterton (Blake Pieroni, Ethan Whitaker, Patrick Curley, Aaron Whitaker) 3:01.65, 2. Columbus North 3:07.27, 3. Avon 3:07.53, 4. Penn 3:07.93, 5. Zionsville 3:08.45, 6. Carmel 3:08.91.

 

 

Posted 3/3/2014