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January 3, 2005

Area teenager picked to compete in Deaflympics Games swim event

From: Noblesville Daily Times, IN - Jan 3, 2005

Central Indiana Aquatics swimmer will compete in more than 10 events

By Rob Borders | Daily Times

14-year-old Carly Robinson of Carmel left last week for Melbourne, Australia, to compete in the Deaflympics Games.

Robinson, a swimmer, trains with the Central Indiana Aquatics, formerly Westfield Area Swimmers. "I think she will do well," CIA coach Brian Hindson said. "This is a very unique experience for Carly. And, it something I am excited about for her."

Hindson said he remembers Robinson, who left with her family last Sunday, coming up to him as a child saying she wanted to represent the United States in the Deaflympics.

This year's Games begin Wednesday.

Robinson will be busy in the Games. She will compete in 10 individual events and at least three relays.

Her strongest event appears to be in the butterfly.

Robinson had the quickest qualifying time in both the 100 and 200 butterfly.

Robinson's selection to the team was based on her times in various events over the past year, Hindson said.

Training Robinson has made Hindson more aware of how he instructs other swimmers.

"It really makes you think about how you talk to your swimmers," Hindson said. "You just have to make sure you are really clear on what you are trying to say. Her mother acts as an interpreter when we need to talk one on one, and that has been great."

Robinson, a sophomore at Carmel High School, competed on the Greyhounds' state championship team a year ago.

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