Trojans make splash in state poll


Sophomore Kelsey Harper is one of the top returners for the Franklin Community High School girls swimming and diving team. PHOTO BY STEVE McCLURE

With 23 consecutive sectional championships, the Center Grove High School girls swimming and diving team is no stranger to postseason success.

Under the direction of veteran coach Jim Todd, the Trojans finished fourth at last year’s IHSAA state finals and are gearing up for what he is confident will be another long tournament march.

Despite the graduation losses of 100 breaststroke state champion Emma Schoettmer and fellow state finalists Kristen Nunnelly, who finished third in the 500 freestyle, and Haley Townsend and diver Beth Haug, the Trojans return enough veteran competitors to contend for team and individual success beyond the sectional

Ranked No. 7 in the preseason poll, the Trojans’ top returners include Lauren Beaumont (200 IM and butterfly), Mikaela Saugstad (500 freestyle), Caroline Sheehan (backstroke and relays) and sophomore diver and sectional champion Maddie Gordon, who placed seventh at the state finals.

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