Her final opportunity


Franklin senior Mikayla Carroll is looking to qualify for her third straight IHSAA state finals. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Franklin senior Mikayla Carroll swims during a meet Tuesday against visiting Perry Meridian. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Mikayla Carroll wasn’t much more than 2 years old the first time her mother lowered her into pool water in anticipation of the child’s first swim lesson.

“I wasn’t necessarily shooting for the Olympics or anything,” Michelle Carroll remembered, laughing. “I just wanted her to have a good athletic foundation while she was growing up.”

The older of Michelle’s two daughters took part in ice skating, volleyball and gymnastics at various stages of her formative years only to see all three eventually take a back seat to swimming.

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