Marlee Rice was nervous. Climbing to the top of the podium to receive her first-place ribbon on Saturday, Rice was in unfamiliar territory. After giving her head coach, Coen Weiler, a hug, the Shelbyville sophomore started to blush. Her teammates and coaches, in full support of one of their own, started to scream and roar.

Rice was not expecting to go home with a sectional championship. But she did just that after winning the 200-yard freestyle (2:03.07) at the New Palestine Sectional. Now, Rice is headed for the IHSAA State Finals.