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Girls swimming: Chesterton takes first in every event to cruise to another sectional title

Chesterton's JuliCampell reacts after setting new pool sectional record Girls 200 Yard Freestyle with time 1:51.66 during Chestertgirls swimming sectional

Chesterton's Julia Campell reacts after setting a new pool and sectional record in the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:51.66 during the Chesterton girls swimming sectional held at Chesterton High School on Saturday February 2, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 4, 2013 6:57AM



CHESTERTON — The Trojans went into the Chesterton Sectional as overwhelming favorites Saturday, but that wasn’t anything that co-captains Julia Campbell and Kate Curley believed.

“Julie and I were not planning this, or getting all those records,” said Curley.

Chesterton easily won the sectional, amassing 560 points to closest competitor Valparaiso, at 376. Wheeler was third with 246, followed by LaPorte (246), Portage (207), Michigan City (1890, Merrillville (125), Hobart (112), Calumet (42), North Judson (36), Knox (32) and South Central (31).

In doing so, the Trojans captured firsts in all the events except diving, which was swept by Valparaiso. They also set five sectional records.

“The girls really came to play,” said Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel.

The Trojans, under Kinel, have won every sectional since 1999.

“I could see it when they walked in here,” he said. “It was a great team effort. It might have been the best sectional we’ve ever had…. Everything was quick.”

Chesterton’s 200 medley relay team of Kate Curley, Brittany Borzych, Vanessa Krause and Madisyn Coudriet opened the sectional with a record time of 1:47.88.

Campbell followed that with a record-setting victory in the 200 freestyle, swimming to a 1:51.66. She also picked up a sectional record in the 500 freestyle, 4:58.37.; and was part of the 400 freestyle relay.

In the 200 freestyle medley, Campbell teamed up with Borzych, Coudriet, and Kelly Craig with a time of 1:38.40. In the 400 freestyle relay, she swam with Vanessa Krause, Kate Curley,Craig, Trenee Francher-Keller, Maria Banta-Long, Coudriet and Meagan Curley.

Kate Curley won in the 200 IM in 2:05.71, and the 100 backstroke in 57.95, and teamed up with Krause, Campbell and Craig in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:32.01.

Borzych added the 100 breaststroke title in 1:08.54. Other Chesterton firsts were Krause, a freshman, winning the 50 freestyle in 23.72 and 100 butterfly in a sectional record 55.77; and Coudriet in the 100 freestyle in 53.39.

“Up and down the line, it was really great,” said Kinel.

Said Julia Campbell: “Coach Kinel is definitely the best coach in the country.

Kate Curley added: “Coach is an amazing man. This is my last home meet. It is the greatest feeling.”

In diving, Vikings senior Khalela ElNaggar was first in the 1m, sophomore Taylor McBride was second, sophomore Ireland McLinn third and Portage’s Caroline Prohl fourth.



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