It was a quiet night for Johnson County teams at Friday’s preliminary heats of the IHSAA Girls Swimming and Diving State Finals at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
Center Grove’s Emily Saugstad was the only local swimmer to advance to one of today’s championship races. The freshman qualified for the finals in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 51.28 seconds, just over half a second off the best time in preliminaries.
Saugstad barely missed advancing in the 50 free, as well, finishing 0.1 seconds behind the last qualifier. She will swim in the consolation heat.
Center Grove’s 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays also will swim in consolation heats.
Franklin senior Mikayla Carroll snuck into the consolation round of the 100 breaststroke. A week after finishing second to Center Grove’s Kaiti Sullivan at sectional, Carroll edged Sullivan for the final spot in today’s consolation race.
Her time of 1:07.54 was short of the school record she set last week (1:07.09), but still fast enough to edge Sullivan’s time of 1:07.68.
Finals begin at 1 p.m.
Four county divers will also be competing. Senior Kylie Mynatt and freshman Jordan Wood will represent Whiteland, while sophomore Maddie Gordon and freshman Rachel Smallwood will dive for Center Grove.
Preliminary competition begins at 9 a.m., with the semifinals to follow. Final dives will take place during the afternoon swimming session.