Blake Pieroni
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick


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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, March 3. CHESTERTON High School dominated this year's version of the Indiana Boys State High School Swimming and Diving Championships. The Trojans combined for 240 points, giving them first place for the second straight year and fourth of the last seven. Avon took second with 198 points, followed by Penn's 187, Columbus North's 133 and Carmel's 124.

One need look no further than the first event, the 200 medley relay, for an example of Chesterton's strength. The quartet of seniors Aaron Whitaker, Jack Wallar and Blake Pieroni, with freshman Gary Kostblade anchoring, lowered the national public school record to 1:29.64. The previous mark of 1:30.01 was set by a team from Saline, Michigan in 2013. In prelims, the Trojans set the state mark at 1:30.65, taking down the 1:32.01 that Chesterton had set in 2009.

The all-senior squad of Pieroni, Ethan Whitaker, Patrick Curley and Aaron Whitaker set a state record of 2:59.36 in the prelims of the 400 free relay, erasing the 3:01.05 the team set last year. They finished first in finals with a 3:01.65.


Aaron Whitaker and Pieroni, in their final high school swimming seasons, each captured two individual event victories. Aaron, who will be swimming for Michigan next season, lowered the state standard he set last year in the 100 back (47.29) with this year's 47.06, and took down his 47.33 from 2013 in the 100 fly twice--46.61 in prelims and 46.31 in finals.

Pieroni will be staying close to home next year, as he will be swimming for Indiana. He bettered the state mark he set in the 100 free last year (44.28) with this year's 43.52 in prelims; Pieroni claimed first in finals with a 43.81. He added a win in the 200 IM (1:46.83).

Pieroni's future teammate at Indiana, Columbus North senior Cody Taylor, set a state record 54.24 in the 100 breast. The previous record was 54.82, set by Tyler Lemert back in 2007. Parks Jones, an Avon junior, came within 7-hundredths of the state record in the 200 free with his 1:37.11.

Zionsville junior Kyle DeCoursey cruised to a winning 20.59 in the 50 free. DeCoursey's teammate, senior Timothy Martin, claimed third with 20.75. In between the duo was Mate Kovacs, a Penn junior (20.65).

Penn junior Bowen Anderson posted a 4:25.01 to claim the 500 free title. In a close battle in the diving competition, Hamilton Southeastern senior Cody Coldren's 536.20 points put him in first just ahead of Homestead sophomore Kevin Frebel's 525.45.

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Results: High School State Championships: Indiana Boys