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Chesterton ready for big showdown with Munster

Chesterton’s dreams are pretty big this boys swimming season, up to and including the third state championship in program history and first since 2009.

Before the state top-ranked Trojans focus on that, though, they’ve got some other business to take care of this week. On Thursday, they host Munster in a matchup of the region’s premier programs. Then on Saturday, Chesterton goes after its 17th straight Duneland Conference championship at LaPorte. The Seahorses have a streak of their own to defend on Saturday; they’ll play host to the Northwest Crossroads Conference meet in search of their 23rd consecutive league title.

The dual figures to be more interesting than most. When the rivalry came to Munster’s current facility for the first time last January, Chesterton set seven pool records — an unheard-of number for a dual meet.

Four of those record-setters are back and are the core of Chesterton’s bid for more postseason success: juniors Blake Pieroni, twins Aaron and Ethan Whitaker and Jack Wallar. Munster is led by a talented group of youngsters, including sophomores Wilson Beckman and Joey Gardner.

Boys swimmer
of the week

Johnny Lynk, Crown Point

The senior had a hand in four firsts in a 112-74 victory over Lake Central on Tuesday and came back to win two more individual events in a 120-59 triumph over Lowell on Thursday.

P-T BOYS TOP 5

1. Chesterton; 2. Munster; 3. Crown Point; 4. Lake Central; 5. Valparaiso

P-T GIRLS Top 5

1. Chesterton; 2. Lake Central; 3. Munster; 4. Crown Point; 5. Valparaiso

GIRLS Swimmer
of the Week

Charlie Wayne, Crown Point

In 93-93 battle with Lake Central, for a shot at high placement in the DAC, the diver made her mark on Tuesday. Wayne scored a 221.98 in her victory and kept things interesting in the middle of the duel.

— Correspondents Mike Clark
and Josh Lichtenfeld

Updated: February 23, 2013 6:36AM





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