Swimmer carries team to 21st place



At first glance, the 21st-place showing by the Trinity Lutheran girls swimming team at this weekend’s state meet may not jump off the page.

When you take into consideration that sophomore Rachel Sabotin put the Cougars there entirely by herself, though, it’s a lot more impressive.

Sabotin began her day with a 10th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle and then capped it by taking fourth in the 500 freestyle to rack up a total of 22 points, just half a point shy of cracking the top 20 teams.

After finishing sixth in the 500 in Friday’s preliminaries, Sabotin said she was hoping to move up Saturday — and while her time of 4-minutes, 57.83-seconds was just off of her prelim time, it was enough to move up two places.

The sophomore, who clocked in at 1:52.08 in the 200 free, said that the experience she gained competing in last year’s state meet as a freshman — when she was 10th in the 500 free and 17th in the 200 — helped her considerably.

“This year was a lot easier, just knowing the atmosphere and everything,” Sabotin said. “I was a lot less nervous and a lot more ready to race this year.”

Carmel won its 32nd consecutive state title with 363 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Northridge (215).

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