2020 Swammy Awards: High School Team of the Year, Carmel High School Boys

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2020 HIGH SCHOOL TEAM OF THE YEAR: Carmel High School (IN) Boys

For the first time since 2015, SwimSwam’s high school team of the year is a boys program. Reaching back five years, only girls teams have won this award. Perhaps that’s a product of how many high school girls can put up college-level times in a given year, where those eye-popping, NCAA-scoring-level swims are much more rare on the boys side. Either way, this year’s Carmel High School boys truly earned the honor.

Carmel won its 6th-straight Indiana state title on the boys side in February, nearly scoring more points than the second- and third-place teams combined. Head coach Chris Plumb became the most decorated coach in Indiana high school swimming history.. Carmel won two of three relays, and their relay dominance wasn’t limited to just the state level.

In fact, the Carmel boys finished with the #1 time across the nation in the NISCA All-America ranks for both the 200 medley relay (1:27.94) and 400 free relay (2:56.36), coming within two-tenths of a second of the overall national record in the former. The medley was a national public high school record.

Seniors Wyatt Davis and Jake Mitchell were the kingpins. Mitchell finished the 2019-2020 school year atop the national ranks in the 200 free (1:34.05) and 500 free (4:14.68), setting a national public high school record in the 500. Davis, meanwhile, led the 100 back (45.80) and was second in the 200 IM (1:44.17).

Other Carmel swimmers ranked in the top 100 nationally, per the 2019-2020 NISCA All-America lists:

  • Gus Rothrock12th in 200 IM (1:47.65) & 52nd in the 100 fly (49.05)
  • Griffin Hadley: 38th in the 100 free (44.81) & 22nd in the 100 back (48.77)
  • Ryan Malicki: 21st in the 100 breast (54.92)

Davis, Malicki, Hadley and Mitchell made up that top-ranked medley relay. Mitchell, Rothrock, Hadley and Davis were on the top-ranked 400 free relay, which led all other relays on the list by almost three full seconds. Even in the relay without their star seniors, the combo of Brandon Edwards, Malicki, William Kok, and Rothrock went 1:24.52 to sit 43rd in the national All-America rankings.

Honorable Mention

In no particular order:

  • Harpeth Hall (TN) girls – Harpeth Hall had an elite team led by sisters Alex and Gretchen Walsh. Senior Alex was second on the NISCA All-America lists in both the 200 free (1:45.19) and 100 back (51.35). Junior Gretchen broke overall national high school records with the nation’s top time in the 50 free (21.59) and 100 free (46.98). Meanwhile the 200 medley relay of Ava Claire Williams, Alex Walsh, Alex Massey and Gretchen Walsh led the nation at 1:40.02 and the 400 free relay of Lexi Stewart, Massey, Alex Walsh and Gretchen Walsh went 3:20.81 to lead the national ranks.
  • Sacred Heart (KY) girls – Sacred Heart didn’t have the individual record-smasher that Harpeth Hall did, but showed impressive high-end depth. Sacred Heart won their 8th-straight girls title in Kentucky, scoring 503 points – second place scored just 159. Their 200 medley relay (1:40.43) was third nationally, as was their 400 free relay (3:22.93). Junior Annabel Crush (1:57.57 in the 200 IM for 5th, 52.95 in 100 back for 7th) ranked inside the top 10 on NISCA’s lists in both her events, leading a crowd of Sacred Heart swimmers. Senior Claire Donan ranked 16th in the 100 breast (1:01.61) and 15th in the 200 IM (1:59.14), and senior Emily Lenihan was 27th in the 100 fly (54.18) and 23rd in the 100 back (54.00).


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3 months ago

How about Bolles 2011 to 2013 for Boys? That was the best team in history of all time!

Reply to  Goloju
3 months ago

This is a 2020 award.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

“For the first time in history, SwimSwam’s high school team of the year is a boys program.”

Reply to  Goloju
3 months ago

Ah hah, now I follow you.

We didn’t start giving a combined-gender high school team of the year award until 2015, and we gave separate boys and girls awards in 2014, so we missed the prime Bolles years.

(I have no idea why we decided to combine them in 2015.)

3 months ago

No HM for Cincy St. X???? We just gonna ignore them being .03 behind the medley relay and them absolutely demolishing the state record in the 200 free relay? At least an honorable mention geez.

St. X-Men
Reply to  Guy
3 months ago

For Real. Why Doesn’t Anyone Love St. X As Much As St. X Loves St. X. Whatever. Self Love Is Where It’s At.

Reply to  St. X-Men
3 months ago

Maybe because they have not really done much since the late 80s Early 90s

Reply to  Guy
3 months ago

Demolished that record with #2 leaving way early, but X never gets DQED

3 months ago

Is this really a “high school team of the year” when they’re essentially a club team competing with high school caps on? Every state is different, but even in Coleman’s earlier interview, the young man from Carmel couldn’t even recall if there were high school only swimmers on the team, saying he doesn’t see a difference. Every state and their rules are different in terms of high school vs club, but not every school has an opportunity to train and compete like Carmel.

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