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Girls swimming: Chesterton wins 14th straight DAC meet

Updated: February 14, 2013 7:00AM



CROWN POINT — There’s multiple ways to assess winning.

For some teams, it’s the rush of finishing as the victors when all of the scoring is done. For other programs it’s a continuation of momentum from event to event.

In one of the state’s most competitive conferences, the Duneland Athletic Conference, all of these notions are factors for the top tier schools that are chasing their state tournament objectives.

Chesterton, Saturday’s winner of the DAC girls swimming conference meet for the 14th consecutive season, used a balanced attack. The deep Trojans defeated runner-up Lake Central 493-409. And using the strategy of collecting second- and third-place finishes, both teams were able to hold off the front end talent of Crown Point, which won nine events and scored 398 points.

“This is a good conference, good athletes, well coached teams,” longtime Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said following the meet that was switched to the Trojans’ pool days before the races. “So we feel honored that we were able to come out on top for sure.”

Chesterton took three firsts and received a boost from sprinter Vanessa Krause, who had a lifetime best in her 50 free win (going 23.89).

The Indians again held off CP by finding ways to create points.

“Stay motivated and I think the girls have done that over the last few meets,” LC coach Todd Smolinski said.

But the Bulldogs, who had two swimmers win four firsts — Aly Tetzloff (two relays, 1:53.22 in the 200 free and 55.69 in the 100 fly) and Holly Schuster (two relays, and 2:10.48 in the 200 IM and 59.95 in the 100 back) — keep climbing in hopes of a stronger result at state.

“I think that when you get down to a state meet … I think that with the caliber of the swimmers that we have that that’s when we’ll make our final showing,” said Bulldogs coach Bryon Angerman.



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