Center Grove junior Kaiti Sullivan surprised veteran coach Jim Todd.
But it was a good kind of surprise.
Sullivan won the 100-yard breaststroke by shaving several seconds off her previous best to help the 20th-ranked Center Grove girls swimming and diving team win its 24th consecutive sectional title Saturday at Franklin.
Center Grove racked up 504.5 points, well ahead of second-place Franklin (355). The Trojans boasted two double individual winners in sophomore Caroline Sheehan (200 individual medley and 100 backstroke) and freshman Emily Saugstad (50 freestle and 100 freestyle).
But for all the impressive Center Grove swims, Sullivan’s stood out.
“She’s really worked hard this past year, from the end of last year to now,” Todd said. “And I will say that I was a little bit surprised with her time, quite a drop.”