MV falls just short of 4th title in 5 seasons



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NEW PALESTINE — Hancock County will be represented by a familiar trio Friday at the girls swimming state finals.

Greenfield-Central’s Carly Fernandes and Taylor Johnson  will be returning to Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI to swim with the best in the Hoosier State after claiming individual blue ribbons for the second year in a row at New Palestine during Saturday’s sectional meet. New Palestine's Emily Trimpe will be making her third straight state trip.

Mt. Vernon’s Emily McKinney advanced to today’s diving regional at Plainfield, needing at top-eight finish to join her county comrades in Indianapolis.

Much like the 2012 contest, Saturday’s team competition came down to the final event — the 400 freestyle relay.

Connersville won that race, sealing the championship with 356 points, four ahead of reigning title-holder Mt. Vernon (352).

New Palestine (312) took third and Greenfield-Central was fourth (293).

Rounding out the field was Richmond (285), New Castle (243), Centerville (163), Hagerstown (71), Eastern Hancock (55) and Rushville (46).

Fernandes (200 individual medley) and Johnson (100 butterfly) both repeated as sectional victors their respective events, and each established a new sectional record in the process.

For Fernandes, she’s had her sights on the sectional mark of 2:13.17 since winning the event last year with a time of 2:14.81.

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