Duneland Swim Club would like to recognize the following Duneland Swim Club individuals as Members of the Indiana High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. Congratulation and thank you for all you have done for the Duneland Swim Club and the sport of swimming.
Kevin Kinel, Chesterton High School
Kevin Kinel’s girls and boys teams have won 13 Duneland Athletic Conference titles each, while the girls also have 13 Sectional titles and the boys have 11. His Trojans currently have won eight straight Duneland Athletic Conference and Sectional titles in girls swimming and the boys have won 10 straight Duneland Athletic Conference titles and eight Sectionals. Kinel has won 15 individual or relay state titles since joining Chesterton High School, including four on the girls side last year. “I could spill out thousands of kids names that are part of this,” Kinel said. “The elite level kids had the talent, but they had someone else to train with and be supportive. All the coaches in age group and high school have been unbelievable.” Jim Voss in the age group has done an unbelievable job and I’ve had several high school assistants through the years. Coach Kinel has earned Sectional Coach of the Year a total of 25 times (boys and girls combined), and was honored as Indiana High School State Girls Coach of The Year in 1999, and the National Federation of State High School Associations Central Coach of the Year in 2000. All total, Kevin Kinel has produced 43 first team All-Americans. He is married to his wife Barb, and has two sons, Ryan and Steven.
Kyle Whitaker - Chesterton High School (2010)
Kyle swam for Chesterton High School, and led the team to IHSAA state championships in 2008 and 2009. Kyle earned eight individual state titles, in addition to four state relay titles. Kyle still holds four state high school records, as well as the national high school record he set in the 200 yard individual medley in 2010. He was awarded the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award in 2010. He graduated from Chesterton High School in 2010, with academic honors. During his high school years, Kyle was a six-time Junior National winner, as well as a three-time Senior National qualifier. In 2008, Kyle was an Olympic Trials qualifier. In 2009, he was a bronze medalist in the 400 yard individual medley in the Sweden World Cup. Kyle earned “Swimmer of the Year” honors all four years of his high school career, as chosen by the Indiana High School Swim Coaches Association. He was named at the 2009-10 National High School Coaches Association Swimmer of the Year. Kyle currently swims for the University of Michigan.
JENNI ANDERSON - Chesterton High School, 1997-2001
Jenni Anderson, Chesterton High School was a six-time state champion, winning the 50 Free and 100 Back three straight years. Coach Kevin Kinel can remember watching the development of Anderson who was a very good age-group swimmer that just got better and better. “Every step of her career she learned and understood how to go to the next level,” Kinel said “She realized after age group that she had to get to the next level through training in and out of the water. She knew what she had to do.” Anderson finished third in the 100 back as a freshman and that’s when it all clicked in according to Kinel. “I think that was the turning point for her,” Kinel said. “That year she qualified for the junior nationals in Long Island. That was when she realized what it took.” Anderson, who competed collegiately at Auburn, won two individual DAC titles all four years in high school and owned six school records upon graduation. She still owns two. “Her senior year in high school she broke the state record in the 100 back and was the fastest kid in the nation that year,” Kinel said. Mental Attitude Award Winner