Southsider Voice correspondent
Center Grove’s swim team swept all three relays and won seven of nine events in winning the girls swimming and diving sectional at Franklin on Saturday.
Caroline Sheehan, a Western Kentucky University recruit, and Emily Saugstad each won two individual titles and three and two relay events, respectively. Peighton Gilbert and Amanda Ward each won an individual title and two relays.
Champions advancing to the state finals are: Saugstad, 200 freestyle, 1 minute, 52.69 seconds; 100 freestyle, 51.82 seconds; Sheehan, 200 individual medley, 2:09.49; 500 freestyle, 5:11.25; Gilbert, 50 freestyle, 24.26 seconds; Rachel Smallwood, diving, 455.60 points; Ward, 100 backstroke, 58.17 seconds; 200 medley relay, Ward, Sheehan, Gilbert, Castor, 1:49.30; 200 freestyle relay, Saugstad, Gilbert, Ward, Sheehan, 1:37.01; 400 freestyle relay, Sheehan, Gilbert, Ward, Saugstad, 3:35.82.
Ward led a one-two-three sweep in the 100 backstroke with Sheehan second and Julia Lawson third. Gilbert finished nearly one second ahead of runner-up teammate Gabby Castor in the 50 freestyle. Sheehan and Annie Rich (5:18.46) were first and second, respectively, in the 500 freestyle.
Greenwood’s Lauren Dalton won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.74 and joined Franklin’s Anna McCahill (100 butterfly champion) to spoil a sweep of all events by coach Jim Todd’s Trojans. Dalton was only seventy-nine hundredths of a second ahead of CG sophomore Jessica Kelly in one of the closest races at Franklin.
In the North Central Sectional, Franklin Central’s Jamie Leming won the 100-backstroke in 59.49, only thirty-one hundredths of a second in front of Shannon Gleasing of North Central to advance to the state finals Friday and Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis.
FC’s 400-freestyle relay (Leah Smith, Katie Dupler, Kelsey Green and Leming, all underclassmen) was a distant runner-up to champion North Central.
The Flashes were third behind runner-up Lawrence North and champion North Central. Greenwood was fourth, Southport sixth, Perry Meridian seventh and Roncalli ninth.
The diving regional was Tuesday at Bloomington North, but the results for Smallwood, Greenwood Krista Torres and Center Grove’s Victoria Johnson were unavailable at press time. The top eight divers qualified for state.