Nagdeman is one of the strongest junior boys swimming lessons

CHS junior Gavin Nagdeman dives into the pool for the 50 free of a 200 medley relay trade with Scottie Pejic in a game against Valparaiso in Chesterton. CRAIG NAGDEMAN / photo

If it hadn’t been for three teammates ahead of him, Gavin Nagdeman would have been the favorite to take the 100 backstroke in the Hobart section last season. Instead, he did not participate in this race as schools are limited to three swimmers per individual event.

Alejandro Kincaid and twins Connor and Carter Casbon finished 1-2-3 in the sectional. Nagdeman had to wait his turn. Kincaid is back and the twins are Swimmers at the Purdue Club.

The year Nagdeman has been patiently waiting for has arrived, so looking forward to it has done it all for Nagdeman as swimming season approaches, right?


“I remember the preseason, before I even started all of this I felt like I wasn’t in it right now and I don’t know why,” Nagdeman said. “I felt slow, like I was being pulled back, so I tried to get help. My parents and some of my school teammates and friends spoke to me.

The mother of a friend of hers suggested a personal trainer she knew from her workplace and set her up on a date. Nagdeman has been doing strength training sessions with the trainer and said that “about a month after I finished my workout I could feel it starting. My coaches and fellow athletes kept pushing me forward and I felt I was going faster and improving. ”

Nagdeman still won’t be the favorite in the 100 backstroke sections because Kincaid is expected to hit the wall first. A second place, however, is a realistic goal.

“He was right behind them,” Pavlovich said. “He swam other events for us, but he never managed to swim his best event in his first two years in the section.

Pavlovich said he thinks Nagdeman has a chance of “getting to declare in an individual event, 100 return, maybe 50 free. It’s kind of a big year for him to see what he can do. I am excited about it.

Nagdeman was the anchor of the team’s strong 200 medley relay team that has their sights set on the Chesterton pool record of 1: 33.05, set in 2014 by some of swimming’s biggest names. from school history: Aaron Whitaker, Gary Kostbade, Blake Pieroni and Ethan Whitaker.

Training with weights, Nagdeman said, has helped him “go even faster in the water and gain better endurance.”

Nagdeman said at a young age he was told at swimming clubs that “a good bib always has a good kick. It’s not just powerful kicks, it’s also the endurance of the legs. You need to be able to hold this kick throughout the run. Squats and core workouts help build endurance in the legs.

It’s in the legs that Kincaid has the advantage over Nagdeman, said Chesterton swimming coach Mat Pavlovich.

“Gavin is more power-oriented, has a lot of spin,” Pavolivich said, moving his arms around like a bib, but he was doing it standing by the pool, not on his back turning off the water. . “In fact, he can turn his arms faster at the back than Alejandro. The speed of his arm is faster. It’s just amazing how fast he can go through the movement, but he can’t maintain it that well, and Alejandro is better at underwater kicks and stuff like that.

Pavlovich called Nagdeman a “strong kid. He’s more of a sprinter. He tends to fade away sometimes in events, occasionally. He gets better with it. He’s not really a 200, 500 strong swimmer. He’s more of a 50, 100 guy. If you were to put him in back-to-back events, he would probably have a hard time fighting. But when he’s resting and ready to go fast and sprint, he’s really good. He’s a big part of our team.

Talking about Nagdeman made Pavlovich think about how happy he is with the progress the juniors have made on the men’s team. He cited Nagdeman, Daniel Streeter, Scottie Pejic and Aidan Tharp as examples.

“This junior girls ‘class has dropped out, apart from Olivia Piunti, but the junior boys’ class is quite busy,” he said.

Nagdeman, according to Pavlovich, is loaded with character, not just the ability to swim.

“Gavin, great kid, I really like coaching him, very coachable, very respectful. If he misses a practice, he finds no excuses. He’s always honest about the reasons he didn’t succeed, ”Pavlovich said. “He’s almost always there, but just to show you a little bit of his character, he missed a practice and there was no excuse, no BS. He said, ‘I’m sorry. I should have been here. I slept with my alarm clock. He handled it the right way. For me that goes a long way because usually the kids don’t tell you why they’re not here or they kind of give you a little walk in circles. They sometimes find lame excuses. He kind of reminds me of a type of kid from a different generation, just a respectful, well-behaved kid.

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