WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Sarah Caudill

2013-08-13T19:00:00Z 2013-08-13T22:47:34Z WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Sarah CaudillMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
August 13, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

It was a hectic week for Sarah Caudill as she and her husband Ritchie moved into their new home in Indianapolis.

It was also nothing that the former Sarah Kehe isn't used to.

As a three-sport athlete at both Chesterton and Ball State, she is used to budgeting her time.

Caudill, The Times Female Athlete of the Year in 2005 and 2006, is also studying at Butler University to become a physician's assistant. The 2006 Chesterton grad and 2010 Ball State grad spent two years at graduate school at Eastern Carolina University. Her undergraduate degree is in exercise physiology.

"I kind of like the career because you work as a team with a doctor," Caudill said. "This is kind of like a mini-med school."

Caudill said it was tough competing at the Division I level in three sports, but she enjoyed it.

"I was more successful in high school than in college, but it can be done," Caudill said. "You really have to prioritize your time and make sure you get your studies in as well.

"I just really enjoyed competing in all three sports."

At Chesterton, she was part of some great Chesterton cross country, swimming and track teams.

She was a member of Chesterton's state championship 3,200-meter relay teams in 2004 and 2006. the 2006 team of Allyson Harvey, Kelly Peller, Ali Bishel and Kehe set a state record of 9:03.77. The record was broken this June by Eastern (Greentown) 8:53.74.

Kehe was also on the 1,600 relay team which set a school record (3:57).

She helped the Trojans to a fifth-place finish in the 2005 and 2006 state meets.

In swimming, she set school records as part of the 200-yard free (1:35.63) and 400 free relay teams (3:29.49). The 200 record still stands, but the 400 record was broken in 2011. The new mark is 3:28.88. She was voted most valuable swimmer as a senior (2006) and qualified for the state meet all four years.

She was part of two state championship 200 free relay teams in 2005 (1:36.51) and 2006 (1:35.63) with Talor Whitaker, Taylor Lipniskis and Christy Grcevich. The quartet also won the 2006 400 free relay state title in 3:29.49.

"We had great coaches and we also had a great group of athletes," Caudill said. "We really worked at it, and our coaches made sure we worked hard."

Chesterton swimming coach Kevin Kinel said the fact that she was successful in three different sports in both high and college is impressive.

"That tells you a lot about Sarah and her work ethic," Kinel said. "In the summer, she would ride her bike in the morning to swimming practice in the heat ... and remember, she lived in Westvillle ... then swim and work out for 2 1/2 hours.

"She would bike to the beach (where she was a lifeguard), then at night run with the cross country team. Then bike home. How is that for dedication?"

She said she still keeps in touch with her former teammates as some live in the Indianapolis area and some still live in the Chesterton area.

"I am honored to have them as teammates and the coaches I had," Caudill said. "Coach (Kevin) Kinel, everyone knows what a great swimming coach he is, Coach (Steve) Kearney and Brian Carden in track. We were really lucky to have them as our coaches."

Caudill said she still runs and also works with a local swim club.

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