Coen Weiler remembers Marlee Rice as an eighth grader. The Shelbyville head swim coach, showing his sharp memory, reflected on a meet with Beech Grove when Rice, who will swim in the IHSAA State Finals on Friday, was still in junior high.

“She won the 100 freestyle at the Beech Grove Invitational,” Weiler recalled. “That was the day she told her mom she didn’t want to do cheerleading next year. She was just going to do swimming as a freshman.”