2 Trojans among top 8 in state meet

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Center Grove made the most of its representation during Saturday afternoon’s championship round of the IHSAA Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium.

In the process, the Trojans got an encouraging glimpse of what the next couple of seasons might look like on the IHSAA’s biggest swimming and diving stage.

Sophomore Maddie Gordon placed fifth in diving, and sophomore teammate Emily Saugstad finished eighth in the 100-yard freestyle.

In the team standings, Center Grove was 14th with a score of 61. Carmel, as expected, dominated the meet with a score of 397 to earn its 27th straight team state title.

Center Grove coach Jim Todd was delighted to have two young swimmers earn medals.

“Both days were great,” Todd said of Friday preliminaries and Saturday finals. “The girls did a nice job. They are young, but they stepped it up and I’m pleased with their performances.

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