Boys swimming | State finals preview

Kincaid makes giant strides on Chesterton's swim team

2013-02-20T19:15:00Z 2014-02-26T16:42:22Z Kincaid makes giant strides on Chesterton's swim teamJim Hunsley jim.hunsley@nwi.com, (219) 548-4356 nwitimes.com
February 20, 2013 7:15 pm  • 

Overwhelmed at the start, it didn't take long for Chesterton junior swimmer Tony Kincaid to become quite comfortable in the pool.

In just his second year of competition, Kincaid has already qualified for the state finals prelims. He's seeded 28th in the Friday's heats of the 100-yard butterfly (52.71).

"I didn't know where I would end up, this team is huge," Kincaid said. "As time progressed, I gained more confidence."

Veteran Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said Kincaid is one of a tiny handful of swimmers who have come to the program with no prior age-group experience.

"I just don't know if anyone has progressed this fast," Kinel said. "To make it to the state in just his second year of swimming is remarkable."

Kincaid's beginnings were modest in nature. He took a swimming class at the high school as a freshman. Two summers ago, a Duneland YMCA lifeguard told Kincaid's father Kenneth that his son had a really nice stroke. Kincaid had a few friends on the team, and he was asked to try out last season.

"I'd tried out for the basketball team a few times, but never made it," said Kincaid, who also threw the shot put as a freshman on the track team. "I just wanted to get in shape. I talked with (Kinel) and just went along with the program."

Kincaid came into the program with natural attributes of size (6-foot-4) and strength, and now he's picked up the techniques to become very successful in the water.

"He's a very intelligent kid, so he understands what is being taught," Kinel said. "He just really blossomed."

Kincaid said his favorite event is the butterfly, but he developed the other strokes so well that he had a varsity spot in the 200 individual medley. He didn't qualify for state in that event, finishing fourth with a time of 1:59.73, just a little over two seconds from the state cut.

"It's pretty crazy with no experience that he can come in and break two minutes in the IM," Kinel said. "He's got all four of the strokes down."

Kincaid also has settled in with the state's top-ranked team. He's developed friendly ties with with classmates Aaron Whitaker (top seeded in the 100 fly), defending state 100 free champion Blake Pieroni and many others.

"It helps seeing how Aaron and Blake practice," Kincaid said. "Aaron has helped me with my arm position and kick. It's great to race against him."

At times, his teammates are now in awe of Kincaid.

"Some of them ask me how it feels," said Kincaid, who is now contemplating a college swimming career. "I don't really know what to tell them.

"I just really love doing this."

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which school has the area's best girls cross country team?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses