When: Preliminaries — 5:30 p.m. today. Diving prelims, 9 a.m.; swimming and diving finals, 1 p.m. Saturday.
Defending champ: Chesterton.
Participating teams: Calumet, Chesterton, Hobart, Knox, LaPorte, Merrillville, Michigan City, North Judson, Portage, South Central, Valparaiso, Wheeler.
Individuals to watch: Chesterton — Kelly Craig, So., distance, breast; Vanessa Krause, So., fly, free; Andrea Hanas, Fr., sprints; Cara Kroeger, Fr., IM, back; Amy Socha, Fr., distance. Hobart -- Kaylee Gubricky, Jr., free, breast. LaPorte -- Lauren McQuarters, back, distance. Michigan City -- Allie Ormsby, Sr., diving. Portage -- Nancy Michko, Fr., distance. South Central — Cameron Klimczak, Fr., sprints, distance. Valparaiso — Taylor McBride, Jr., diving. Wheeler — Rachel Metzger, So., distance, fly; Gabi Gilliana, Fr., breast, IM.
Fast fact: Chesterton has won 14 consecutive titles.
Crown Point Sectional
When: Preliminaries -- 5:30 p.m. today. Diving prelims, 9 a.m.; swimming and diving finals, 1 p.m., Saturday.
Defending champ: Munster.
Favorite: Crown Point.
Participating teams: Crown Point, E.C. Central, Griffith, Hammond, Clark, Gavit, Morton, Bishop Noll, Highland, Kankakee Valley, Lake Central, Lowell, Munster, North Newton, Rensselaer Central, South Newton.
Individuals to watch: Crown Point -- Rachael Bukowski, Sr., 50, 100 free; Holly Schuster, Sr., IM, 500 free; Aly Tetzloff, Jr., fly, back; Hannah Kukuruga, Fr., distances. Highland -- Jackie Smailis, Jr., sprint, frees, back; Jesenia Zendejas, Sr., distances. Kankakee Valley -- Madison Babicka, Sr., sprints, fly: Abbey Sittema, Sr., IM, distances. Lake Central -- Traci Muszalski, Sr., distance; Holly Spears, Sr., sprints; Abby Prince, Sr.m diving. Munster -- Mary Bridget Baeza, Jr., IM, breast; Mary Beth Blocher, Sr., sprints; Allison Cunningham, Jr., distances; Ashley Hwang, Sr., fly, free, breast; Nikki Smith, Jr., fly, IM.
Fast fact: Munster has won 25 sectionals, including the past five years.
— Compiled by Jim Hunsley and Christopher Breach