Saulman signs with Ball State
Corydon Central senior Katie Saulman signed last Wednesday morning to continue her swimming career at Ball State University, a Division I school in Muncie.
Saulman said she visited Ball State, along with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Western Kentucky University before making her decision.
‘It was more of the college atmosphere I was expecting,’ Saulman said of Ball State. ‘I felt more suited to go there. I liked being around the people on the team and coaches.’
Saulman has been swimming since the age of 6 when she joined the local swim team, the Harrison County Hammerheads.
‘Since then, I have been on three different swim teams,’ Saulman said. ‘I found one I loved, the Lakeside Seahawks in Louisville. So, I go there daily, mornings and afternoons, for training.’
Saulman has also swam for Riverside Aquatics in New Albany and the Louisville Tarpons.
The Seahawks train at the Mary T. Meagher Natatorium in Louisville, named for the former Olympic champion from Louisville.
‘With Lakeside, I have a coach that I really like,’ Saulman said. ‘They are pretty tough and push me hard.’
Saulman is primarily in the sprint events, excelling in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly and backstroke, along with the 50 and 100 freestyle.
At Ball State, Saulman will swim under the direction of head coach Laura Seibold-Caudill, who begins her 32nd season at the helm of the swimming and diving program.
The season is divided into a short course season and a long course season. Ball State participates in several dual meets and relays.
Saulman said her initial collegiate goals include qualifying for the Mid-American Conference and to make the NCAA tournament before graduating.
For the Corydon Central team, Saulman was a state qualifier her freshman and sophomore years.