Saulman competes at state
The return to the Indiana High School Athletic Association state swim meet for Corydon Central’s Gracie Saulman saw the sophomore improve on her time and final position from a year ago.
As a freshman, Saulman competed at the 100-yard freestyle, eventually placing 23rd with a time of 53.10 seconds.
Friday, Saulman’s return to the Indiana University Natatorium at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for the preliminaries echoed her lowering of times in the course of a year.
This time around, Saulman qualified for two events: the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle. Both races saw the Lady Panthers’ swimmer on the cusp of making the consolations, swam on Saturday.
In the 100 free, Saulman posted a time of 52.45 seconds, less than a tenth from reaching the final. Overall, Saulman finished 18th in the race, the highest finish in program history at the state meet. She was the second alternate to compete in the consolation.
The overall winner was Carmel sophomore Kelly Pash (49.41).
Taking on the medley, Saulman completed the 200-yard event in 2:07.41. It was good for a 19th-place finish.
A pair of state records fell during the meet, with one coming in the individual medley.
Carmel senior Sammie Burchill’s time of 1:56.67 topped the nine-year old mark of 1:56.87 held by Center Grove’s Michelle McKeehan since 2008. It was her second straight title in the event.
Carmel swept the three relays for the fifth straight year, vaulting the program to the team title. Carmel closed with 386.5 points, followed by Chesterton (189) and Fishers (151). It was the 31st straight IHSAA state championship for Carmel and coach Chris Plumb, who added to the program’s national record of consecutive state championships in any sport.
A second record was broken at state, set by Yorktown sophomore Emily Weiss. Competing in the 100 breaststroke, Weiss swam in 59.37, bettering the 59.63 set two years ago by Evansville Reitz’s Lilly King, who won two gold medals at last summer’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Team results (top 10): 1. Carmel 386.5, 2. Chesterton 189, 3. Fishers 151, 4. Bloomington South 143, 5. Penn 139, 6. Northridge 126, 7. Fort Wayne Carroll 120, 8. North Central (Indianapolis) 97, 9. Hamilton Southeastern 93.5, 10. Zionsville 87.
State event champions: 200 medley relay ‘ Carmel (Sammie Burchill, Grace Estabrook, Trude Rothrock, Grace Pangburn) 1:41.23; 200 free ‘ Emma Nordin (Carmel) 1:47.08; 200 IM ‘ Sammie Burchill (Carmel) 1:56.67*; 50 free ‘ Grace Haskett (Bloomington South) 22.77; 1-meter diving ‘ Ivy Houser (Hamilton Heights) 535.80; 100 fly ‘ Trude Rothrock (Carmel) 52.97; 100 free ‘ Kelly Pash (Carmel) 49.41; 500 free ‘ Emma Nordin (Carmel) 4:45.32; 200 free relay ‘ Carmel (Grace Pangburn, Kelly Pash, Rachel Young, Emma Nordin) 1:33.01; 100 back ‘ Grace Haskett (Bloomington South) 53.38; 100 breast ‘ Emily Weiss (Yorktown) 59.37*; 400 free relay ‘ Carmel (Trude Rothrock, Kelly Pash, Emma Nordin, Sammie Burchill) 3:19.10.