LAPORTE | Chesterton's boys swimmers haven't competed in two-and-a-half weeks, but the state's top-ranked team showed little signs of rust at Thursday's LaPorte Sectional prelims.
The Trojans are in good shape for a 15th consecutive crown, breaking two meet records and securing each top swimming seed for Saturday's finals.
"I'm pretty pleased," Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. "For the most part, we were on our times. We set ourselves up pretty good for Saturday."
Aaron Whitaker broke older brother Kyle's mark in the 100-yard fly with a 49.74. He's also the top seed in the 100 back (51.95), just 24 hundredths from Chesterton alum Albert Miller's 2008 time.
"It's hard to sharpen up when you're not racing (for 2 1/2 weeks)," Whitaker said. "I saw I was close to the records. I've still got Saturday (to break the 100 back record).
"We'll be charged up for (the finals)."
Classmate Blake Pieroni took down Seth Barry's 2002 mark in the 100 free, finishing in 45.74.
Overall, the Trojans earned the top three spots in the 100 and 200 free, the top two in the 200 IM, 50 free, 100 fly and 100 back plus they also went first and third in the 500 free and 100 breast.
They also swam under the state cut in seven events, but will need to do that again in two days to qualify for the state prelims.
"By and large, I feel really good," Kinel said. "We broke the marks of two former state champions."