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CHS sets seven Duneland Conference swim records to win 18th straight title

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Steve Whitaker 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.

Aaron Whitaker 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).

“We’re excited 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 tonight.”

Boys DAC Swim Championships

At Chesterton

Team Results

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.

Individual Results

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 (CP) 23.35.

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 (L) 55.84.

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) 57.01.

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 (CP) 327.25.

 

Posted 2/4/2014