CHESTERTON | Chesterton has won 14 consecutive girls swimming sectional championships, a streak dating back to 2000.
Thursday’s Chesterton Sectional preliminaries left little doubt on the table that 15 straight titles was firmly set in the Trojans’ minds.
The Trojans own the top seed in every swimming event heading into Saturday's finals.
"The prelims are always difficult because we’re seeded pretty well and you’re not swimming tapered or anything like that, so it’s hard,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. “We were a little complacent today, but we had some nice swims. We just really have to come to play Saturday.”
Flu-like symptoms have traveled around the team in recent weeks, and sophomore Vanessa Krause was one of the hardest hit. Krause got in just one practice last week and was held out of relays Thursday. The recent weather also has played a factor in practices being canceled.
Despite that, Krause still managed to finish first in the 50 free (23.64), tying the sectional record set two years ago by Chesterton alum Olivia Kabacinski.
Krause admitted to not feeling well in both the 50 free and the 100 fly (56.72).
“Obviously, my times showed that I wasn’t really prepared, and I just kind of doubted myself before both my races today,” Krause said. “I need to learn not to do that.”
Cara Kroeger was also hit by the flu bug. The freshman still took the 200 IM (2:07.66) and 100 back (58.52).
“I felt all right,” Kroeger said. “I’m hoping for some better times on Saturday and just get a little more excitement in the pool.”
Chesterton also holds the top-three seeds in the 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 fly and 500 free as the Trojans flexed their muscles with their depth.
“It’s exciting,” Krause said of defending the sectional championship on Saturday. “It’s nice to look forward to something, have another championship and have coach (Kinel) go off the diving board.”