Year after year, Carmel (Indiana) High School excels on the playing field, donning conference titles and state appearances. For the girls swim team, the success isn’t anything new.
The Greyhounds finished their season on top, winning another Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) state title, bringing their total championships to 29. With another title under its belt, the Carmel girls swim team continues to hold the nationalrecord for all-time consecutive state championships with 28 consecutive titles, beginning in 1986.
In addition to holding the nationalrecord for most consecutive championships, the Greyhounds had a day of record book swims. They will now sit in the national record book among the fastest times for the 200 freestyle relay (second), 400 freestyle relay (tied for second) 200 medley relay (third), 50 freestyle (third), 100 backstroke (seventh) and 100 freestyle (thirteenth).
At the state level, Carmel broke IHSAA records in the 200 medley relay (1:40.83), 200 freestyle relay (1:31.37) and 400 freestyle relay (3:21.20). Junior Amy Bilquist broke the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle records, with times of 22.17 and 48.93, respectively. Sophomore Claire Adams mirrored Bilquist’s success, grabbing state records in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, with times of 1:46.95 and 52.97, respectively.
Outside of the Greyhound squad, an additional three state records were broken and eight additions were added to the national record book from other teams at the IHSAA state girls swim championship.
Anna Wilson is a 2014 spring intern in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department. She is a senior at Franklin College studying journalism and studio art.