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Northwest Indiana competitors flex their muscles

2014-02-15T19:15:00Z 2014-02-16T01:06:12Z Northwest Indiana competitors flex their musclesChristopher Breach Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 15, 2014 7:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Ten state records were broken at the state swimming and diving finals over the weekend at the IU Natatorium at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

It’s something veteran Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel hadn’t seen before.

“Never, ever,” he said.

Nine records fell during Saturday's championship and the 50 free record was broken during Friday's prelims.

“It was one of the fastest meets in history,” Highland coach Ryan Harrington said.

“It’s a tough meet and very fast,” Lake Central coach Todd Smolinski agreed.

YOUNG GUNS: Chesterton freshman Cara Kroeger placed fifth in the 100 back and sixth in the 200 IM. Sophomore Vanessa Krause was third in the 100 fly and fifth in the 50 free. The 200 free and 400 free relays, made up of freshmen and sophomores, placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

“I’m real pleased,” Kinel said. “Our kids got some really good experience that will pay off next year. We had a lot of freshmen here that really performed well.”

REGION STRONG: Outside of Carmel, Northwest Indiana is second to none. Three teams finished in the top nine with Crown Point second, Chesterton sixth and Munster ninth. Lake Central was 17th.

“They were swimming phenomenally -- Crown Point, Munster, Lake Central -- all having great meets,” said Harrington, whose squad scored four points when Jacklyn Smailis finished 12th in the 100 back.

“It’s exciting to see Northwest Indiana really represent down here”

Harrington was proud of Smailis’ effort.

“She had a great swim,” he said. “It leaves us a little motivation going into next year.”

Munster got great swims from Nikki Smith and Mary Beth Blocher. Smith was fourth in the 100 fly and took sixth in the 500 free.

“All the touches were so close,” said Smith of the 100 fly that saw C.P.’s Aly Tetzloff take gold and Krause also place in the top three. “It was just a phenomenal race from everyone.

“One-three-four, that’s amazing. It just shows the strength that the region has. It’s a pleasure being able to race those girls. Not just in the postseason, but in the regular meets that we had “

Smith also doesn’t second guess her decision to drop the 200 IM for the 500.

“I knew that was going to be a challenge,” she said. “I was close on time. I just made the most of it. I know I made the right choice. I’m ready for more next year.”

Blocher, a senior, placed eighth in the 50 and 100 free.

“Top eight has been a goal of mind since my freshman year,” she said. “I’m happy with the places I got, but the times could’ve been a little bit better. Overall, I’m happy.”

Lake Central’s Holly Spears was 12th in the 100 free, while the 200 and 400 free relays each placed 11th.

“We had a good day,” L.C. coach Todd Smolinski said. “We got two relays that scored, we got three individuals, one of our divers and our 50 and 100 girls scored.”

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