Girls swimming: Local schools eye strong finishes at finals
By JOsh Lichtenfeld Post-Tribune correspondent February 8, 2013 11:20PM
Updated: March 10, 2013 6:49AM
Lake Central girls swimming coach Todd Smolinski has a calm approach when it comes to perspective for the state tournament.
Don’t get ahead of yourself.
In fact, it wasn’t until Friday’s preliminary round finished that the leader could start to think about Saturday’s state finals.
“In meets like this you can’t even focus on Saturday, you have to take it a day at a time,” he said. “Are we worried about Saturday? Uh, we’ll start worrying about it tonight.”
His philosophy appears to be working for the Indians. And just like fellow region clubs Chesterton, Munster and Crown Point, the Indians are pushing for a strong finish. LC junior Traci Muszalski will be among those swimming today at IUPUI, taking part in two finals. She is seeded sixth in the 500 free, with a prelim time of 4:59.46 and is part of the eighth-seeded 200 free relay team.
“I think Traci was the big surprise, I knew she could do that but she had a fantastic swim in the (500),” he said.
Crown Point also came out firing. The Bulldogs will be in the finals for all three relays (second in the 400 free and fifth in both the 200 medley and 200 free relays) and have advanced two individual swimmers. CP’s Racheal Bukowski earned a sixth seed in the 50 free (23.72) and Aly Tetzloff a third seed in the 100 butterfly (going 54.64).
“Second through sixth place is going to be determined by 15-20 points, at least we put ourselves in a position to finish,” CP coach Bryon Angerman said of the strategy of filling the relay teams with the Tetzloff and other notable swimmers. The Bulldogs are vying to be among the top-five teams. “I think we’re in position to have the best finish that Crown Point has ever had.”
The Trojans are a threat to be another of top-tier team. For consecutive years they’ve finished in the top five. Part of Chesterton’s charge comes from freshman Vanessa Krause (seeded fifth in both the 50 free and 100 fly, going 23.66 and 55.70) and senior Julia Campbell (seeded second in the 500 free after her time of 4:55.51).
“We just have to gear up and get after it tomorrow and place as high as we can,” Chesterton coach Kevin Kinel said.
On an individual front, Highland sophomore Jackie Smailis is also advancing on with the top-16 time of 57.47 in the 100 back.