Strong leader helps Blackford turn program around

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. — “I got you.”

When Kristie Malott first took over the Blackford swimming and diving program three years ago, that was what she’d tell everyone who walked into the pool. And while those three words are no longer printed on the back of the Bruins’ T-shirts, like they were her first year, the meaning behind them remains as true as they were when Malott first began.

“I always tell them: to walk through the door, that’s the hardest part,” Malott said. “Come through the doors, I got you.”