Flu symptoms weakened Vanessa Krause the last few weeks, but she appeared to be much healthier in Friday's state finals prelims.
The Chesterton sophomore swimmer took the top seed in the 100-yard fly (53.74) and she's seeded fourth in the 50 free (23.05).
A few weeks ago, Krause sparkled at the Duneland Athletic Conference meet, setting records in the 50 free (23.17) and 100 fly (53.88). She hadn't been able to surpass -- or even meet -- those times in the postseason.
"She's a racer and she's been looking forward to this," Kinel said of Krause, who placed fourth in the 50 free and 100 fly at last year's state meet. "It's the state meet. That's what made her step up.
"She just has to get a good night's sleep."
Today's final round begins at noon at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Freshman Cara Kroeger has also been sick recently, and she also seemed to have recovered. Kroeger placed sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:02.48) and 100 back (55.56).
"She had some great swims; she's a freshman swimming in two (individual) finals," Kinel said.
Krause and Kroeger needed to be strong, since the competition was fierce in every event. Carmel's Claire Adams broke the state record in the 200 free (1:46.96) and 100 back (53.38), while teammate Amy Bilquist broke marks in the 50 free (22.15) and 100 free (49.06. Carmel also tied the meet record in the 200 medley relay (1:41.17).
"It's an incredibly fast meet," Kinel said.
Chesterton sophomore Kelly Craig qualified for two consolation heats, placing 15th in both the 200 free (1:52.24) and 100 breast (1:05.48).
Trojans freshman Caylee Casbon placed 14th in the 100 back (57.68).
Chesterton also qualified for two relay championship heats. Krause, Kroeger, Craig and Amy Socha placed sixth in the 200 free (1;36.02), while Krause, Andrea Hanas, Soccha and Craig finished fifth in the 400 free (3:29.01).
The 200 medley relay team of Casbon, Kroeger, Socha and Marita Banta-Long were ninth (1:46.8).
"The mood is good," Kinel said. "I think everyone still understands that (today) is the day (to perform)."