CHESTERTON | Cara Kroeger realized early on that this would be a special day in the pool.
"In the first relay, I saw my split," the Chesterton freshman said. "I thought it would be a good day."
Kroeger helped the hosts set a sectional mark in the 200-yard medley relay (1:4717) on Saturday afternoon, just the beginning of a record performance for the state-ranked No. 3 Trojans.
Chesterton picked up its 15th consecutive sectional crown in dominating fashion, scoring a program-record 571 points. The Trojans broke seven meet marks and five pool records.
In the eight individual swimming events, the Trojans took all of the top two spots and swept the top three positions six times.
"That was a heckuva meet today," Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said. "We've been dealing with sicknesses the last couple of weeks. With the (bad) weather, we haven't been able to practice.
"I was pleased up and down (the lineup). We set ourselves up for the state meet."
Kroeger broke sectional and pool marks with her times in the 200 individual medley (2:03.5) and 100 back (56.16). Sophomore teammate Vanessa Krause broke her own pool and sectional records in the 100 fly (54.94) and also set pool and sectional marks in the 50 free (23.36).
Both Kroeger and Krause have been dealing with flu-like systems. The times were somewhat unexpected by the freshman.
"I was doing everything I could (to get healthy), and I was out of the pool a couple of days," Kroeger said. "I'm a little surprised."
Krause, junior Brittany Borzych, freshman Andrea Hanas and sophomore Kelly Craig teamed up to break the sectional and pool record in the 200 free relay (1:36.91).
Craig broke a 20-year-old sectional mark in the 100 breast, finishing in 1:05.86. She also won the 200 free (1:52.97).
Hanas won the 100 free (53.14). Freshman Caylee Casbon bettered the state-cut time in the 100 back (57.63), while classmate Aubrey Wing matched it in the 100 breast (1:07.08).
"I feel like we can go faster," Kinel said.
After an up-and-down regular season, Valparaiso diver Taylor McBride won the title with a personal-best 367.3. She is one of four qualifiers for Tuesday's Penn Regional.
"It feels pretty good, all of the hard work paid off," she said. "This definitely gives me some confidence."