For The Tribune

Rachel Sabotin’s first taste of the IHSAA girls swimming & diving state meet was a pleasant one.

The Trinity Lutheran freshman had just missed reaching the consolation final in the 200-yard freestyle, placing 17th in Friday night’s preliminaries, but she made the most of the one opportunity she had left Saturday, putting up a personal best of 4 minutes, 59.71 seconds in the 500 freestyle to finish 10th overall.

It was her first time cracking the 5-minute mark in the 500.

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“I was hoping to get top in my heat,” Sabotin said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen, (but) I was really happy with how I finished.”

Sabotin actually managed to establish new personal bests in each of her three swims this weekend.

She’s hopeful that her performance at her first state meet can serve as a springboard to bigger things in the future.

“I’m excited to see future competitors and just see where I can be seeded next year,” Sabotin said, “and hopefully get on top of the podium and maybe even get the state record by my senior year.”

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Ryan O'Leary is sports editor for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at roleary@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2715.