Boys swimming: Five Chesterton swimmers set records in finals sweep
By WILL CULBERTSON Post-Tribune correspondent February 16, 2013 11:18PM
Updated: March 18, 2013 7:15AM
LAPORTE — As the old saying goes, “records are made to be broken.” That phrase couldn’t be more appropriate as six sectional records fell Saturday afternoon during the boys swimming finals. Five of those six records were broken by Chesterton.
Earlier this week at the prelims, the Trojans secured the top seed in all 11 swimming contests. Saturday was no different as Chesterton dominated its way to a sectional title with 522 points. Valparaiso (349) and Michigan City (250) finished second and third, respectively.
The Trojans again took first place in all 11 swimming events.
“We had a great meet today, obviously, but we have to have a better meet next weekend,” said Trojans coach Kevin Kinel. “I feel good about things because the kids really stepped up today. Not just one guy but everyone, it’s pretty crazy.”
Chesterton didn’t waste any time to get things going. In the first event of the day, the Trojans broke the sectional record for the 200 medley relay (1:34.75), which was held by the 2009 Trojans.
Junior Ethan Whitaker followed suit by setting the new mark in the 200 freestyle (1:40.80), which was held by former Trojans swimmer William Bass (1:41.74).
After setting the record in the 100 butterfly (49.74) on Thursday, Aaron Whitaker outdid himself on Saturday. The junior improved by nearly a second, again setting the record at 48.79 seconds.
But he wasn’t done yet. Whitaker also set the record in the 100 backstroke at 50:99 seconds.
“He’s just such a solid, steady performer. I know he’s really looking forward to next week,” said Kinel.
The Trojans finished the day by setting a record in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:07.27.
The final record to fall came courtesy of LaPorte senior Joshua Arndt. Arndt scored 636.95 in the diving competition, obliterating the previous record of 531.85.