2020 IN HS Boys: Carmel Wins Title #6, Mitchell Smashes National 500 FR Record

2020 IHSAA Boys Swimming & Diving State Finals

Top 5 Teams

  • CHAMPION: Carmel – 331 pts
  • 2nd: Munster – 183 pts
  • 3rd: Chesterton – 163 pts
  • 4th: Fishers – 158 pts
  • 5th: Zionsville – 145 pts

The boys of Carmel HS once again dominated in the IUPUI Natatorium, bringing home their 6th-consecutive state title. Head coach Chris Plumb, who guided the team to 6 event wins and 5 state records, become the most decorated IHSAA coach with 6 state championships.

Meet Highlights

The meet started on fire with a thrilling battle between Carmel and Munster in the 200 medley relay. When the freestyle anchors hit the water, Munster was just trailing behind Carmel. However, Carmel senior Jake Mitchell‘s 20.19 immediately pulled away from Munster’s Fenry Zhou (20.60), aiding Carmel’s new state record.

Carmel’s winning time of 1:27.94 broke the 2018 record, also held by Carmel (1:28.00). Munster was the only other team to stay under 1:30, finishing second at 1:28.96. Taking the bronze was Zionsville, clocking in at 1:30.02.

2020 IN State Record Splits – Carmel Boys 200 Medley Relay

After anchoring his squad to a new state record, Mitchell continued to crush both of his individual events. He first took the 200 free in a 1:34.05, which moves him to #22 all-time in 17-18 age group history. He then went on to annihilate the 500 free final, winning by over 10 seconds. His winning time of 4:14.68 easily flamed the old state and national public HS records.

Then, Carmel’s Davis also wrote his name in history. He first won the 200 IM with a new state record time of 1:44.17, moving up to #24 all-time in 17-18 age group history. Later in the meet, Davis then completed a career sweep in the 100 back, smashing his own state record with a 45.80, tying his 2019 lifetime best. In the all-time 17-18 rankings, Davis sits at #11.

Boonville junior Braden Rollins was another double winner in the natatorium as well, sweeping both sprint events. He first won the 50 free at 20.20, with Center Grove’s Ethan Martin taking second at 20.41. Then, Rollins doubled the distance into the 100 free, splitting 21.21/22.63 to win his second state title at 43.84. His 40-point individual efforts earned Boonville a 15th-place finish.

The meet ended in its fifth state record of the meet in the 400 free relay. After Mitchell led the relay off in a 44.05, Gus Rothrock (44.58), Hadley (44.53), and Davis (43.20) would later put together a 2:56.36, chopping 2 seconds off Carmel’s 2019 state record.

More 2020 Indiana State Champions:

  • 1-Meter Diving: Samuel Bennett (Delta)- 500.10 pts
  • 100 Fly: Tristan DeWitt (Carroll)- 47.07
  • 200 Free Relay: Penn (Radde, Dies, Cummins, Zuyderwyk)- 1:22.60
  • 100 Breast: Andrew Alders (Chesterton)- 54.65

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1 year ago

Unbelievably fast HS State meet not only the winners but the depth.

Reply to  Bsswimc
1 year ago

Probably due to the fact that Indiana is still single class/division for their state tournament.

Reply to  Bsswimc
1 year ago

Indiana swimmers, for whatever reason, put a lot of emphasis on this meet. Garuntee Davis, Mitchell, and whoever else had more of a taper for this meet then winter juniors. High school swimming is just a much bigger deal

Reply to  Backstrokebro
1 year ago

Backstrokebro…when you come experience this meet at The Nat you would understand. I have not been to another meet more exciting while also bringing the best out in the athletes.

Reply to  Bsswimc
1 year ago

SC Y Nats at Ft Lauderdale comes to mind.

Reply to  JimSwim22
1 year ago

Jimswim22 I have heard that is an exciting meet but have never attended.

Reply to  Backstrokebro
1 year ago

High school swimming in indiana is much more exciting than any club meet. Most club swimmers who want to be part of a true team similar to what they will experience in college gladly forgo swimming during winter to be part of indiana high school swimming.

1 year ago

The title says something about the 500 free, but I don’t see it in the text. Did I miss it?

Trevor L
Reply to  Mikeh
1 year ago

Paragraph under the medley splits. Mitchell went a 4;14.68. Crazy meet to watch for sure.

Warston Maggs
1 year ago

A great team performance, and these were all Carmel kids. It goes to prove (to them) that they can dominate with their own kids. With all they are losing to graduation, it is a certainty there will be many U-Hauls pulling into town before next year.

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