LAPORTE | Chesterton sophomore Vanessa Krause took this week's history lesson to heart before entering the water for Saturday's Duneland Athletic Conference meet.
"The coaches gave us a lecture and talked about the legacy (of winning 14 straight meet crowns)," she said. "We wanted to give it our all for all of the other teams (in the past).
"We were able to get everyone together."
Krause broke two meet records for the team's lone event wins, and the Trojans also needed every bit of their depth to overcome Times No. 1 Crown Point.
The Bulldogs won nine events, breaking seven meet records in the process, but No. 3 Chesterton still found a way to edge C.P. 499-496 for a 15th straight title.
Chesterton placed three in the top five of six events to overcome the Bulldogs' hardware haul, giving veteran Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel one of his most satisfying wins in the streak.
"Everyone kind of counted us out all year," Kinel said. "We just kept chugging away at it. I cannot say enough about this team."
Krause sparkled in her two individual events. She set personal bests in both the 50-yard free (23.17) and 100 fly (53.88). The 100 fly mark is just 0.47 hundreths off the state record.
"I was definitely surprised; I'm not tapered or shaved," Krause said. "To do it in not one of the fastest pools in the state gives me a lot of confidence."
She also kept her composure as the Bulldogs continued to win races -- and break records.
"I just don't let that stuff get to me," she said. "I just focus on what I have to do."
The Bulldogs made frequent trips to the top of the awards podium.
Junior Aly Tetzloff, who was named the DAC MVP, broke her own record in the 100 back (54.92) and eclipsed the 200 individual medley mark by almost six seconds (2:00.8). She also help the Bulldogs break records in the 200 medley relay (1:45.75) and 200 free relay (1:35.7).
Freshman Hannah Kukurugya had an impressive initial league meet, breaking the DAC mark in the 200 free (1:51.13) and shattering the 500 record by close to eight seconds (4:58.12). She was also part of the record wins in the 200 medley and 400 free relay (3:30.68).
"Our girls didn't lose (Saturday); they got beat," Crown Point Bryon Angerman said. "Coming into this pool and breaking (seven) records says a lot about our swimmers."
Angerman also doesn't feel this decision will sting in the minds of his athletes.
"Sectional and state are the main goal," said Angerman, whose Bulldogs are ranked second in the latest state poll. "The only thing people will remember is how you do at your last meet, and we hope to do well at state."