Trinity junior takes pair of sevenths in state finals



Seven was the operative number for Rachel Sabotin on Saturday afternoon.

The Trinity Lutheran junior came away with a pair of seventh-place finishes in the Girls Swimming and Diving State Finals at IUPUI’s Indiana University Natatorium. It was her third year competing at state.

Sabotin’s day of competition began with a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 4.18 seconds. She had qualified eighth with a 2:03.81 in Friday’s prelims.

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"I was hoping to go a little bit faster than that (Saturday)," Sabotin said. "I messed up a couple of my turns on that, but I’m still really happy with how I did, especially for the first year and not really knowing what to expect. Making it back in the top eight in both events this year was a good accomplishment for me."

In her second event, Sabotin finished seventh in the 500 freestyle in 4:59.53. She had finished fourth in that event last year and qualified seventh with a prelim time of 5:00.37.

"I felt good," Sabotin said. "I don’t really know what happened. I just didn’t have a great race today, but it’s definitely something to work toward for next year. It gets me working harder to try to move back up there."

Sabotin was competing in the 200 IM for the first time in the postseason. She had done the 200 freestyle the previous two years.

"She’s become a much more diversified swimmer with the IM, working on all of her strokes," said her father and coach, Doug Sabotin said. "We’re just proud of a great weekend for her and for Trinity Lutheran."

Top-ranked Carmel, led by three individual and three relay champions, coasted to its 33rd consecutive state team championship with 413 points. Franklin finished second with 167 1/2.

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