By Steven Kochersperger
The Mount Vernon girls’ swim team competed this past Friday and Saturday in the IHSAA state championships on the campus of IUPUI. This swim meet is a culmination of all their hard work and dedication this year. On Friday the girls swam in the preliminaries and on Saturday the championship races and when all was said and done the Wildcats came home in ninth place in the state.
One Wildcat that really stood out in Indianapolis was sophomore Clara Baggett. Baggett finished second in the 50 Freestyle race (23.26) as well as the 100 Freestyle (50.46) and set new Mount Vernon High School records in both those events.
Baggett also joined teammates Kelsey Turner, Samantha Gowdy, and Claudia Crawford in swimming the 200 Medley Relay. The relay team finished in fifth place with a time of 1:45.86.
Other finishers for Mount Vernon in the championships were senior Kelsey Turner in the 200 Freestyle (16th place) as well as the 100 butterfly (17th). Claudia Crawford finished 19th in the 200 IM and 15th in the 100 breaststroke. Samantha Gowdy finished 15th in the 100 backstroke and the relay team of Gowdy, Kelsey Turner, Clara Baggett, and Drew Glover finished 9th in the 400 Free.
As a team Mount Vernon finished in ninth place out of 41 teams winning the mythical small school championship. Most schools competing in the championships are large in enrollment and Mount Vernon was the only school with an enrollment of under 900 to finish in the top twenty. The girls’ team finished the year in great style and should be proud of everything they accomplished this year.
Team results from the Indiana High School girls state championships: 1. Carmel 2. Penn 3. Zionsville 4. Hamilton SE 5. Chesterton 6. Crown Point 7. Homestead 8. Munster 9. Mount Vernon 10. Fishers
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