Amy Bilquist Clocks Lifetime Best in 50 Free Upon Return From Injury

Amy Bilquist of the Carmel Swim Club in Indiana has been out of competition for over two months since suffering multiple stress fractures in her legs earlier this year.

On Thursday, in Bloomington, and the Indiana Swimming Senior Championships, she made her emphatic return.

Bilquist swam a 25.03 to win the women’s 50 free, which is her lifetime best – clearing a 25.04 done at the Jr. Pan Pac Championships in 2014.

The soon-to-be college freshman is committed to swim for the defending NCAA Champions Cal in the fall, and was the 5th-ranked recruit in the high school class of 2015.

Slightly overshadowed by Bilquist’s comeback in that race was 14-year old Anya Goeders, who also went a lifetime best for 2nd-place in 25.54. That makes her the third-fastest 13-14 in the history of USA Swimming. That will go down as her first-ever Olympic Trials cut.

In the men’s 50 free, former Hoosier Hunter Hoffman won in 22.76, beating out Daniel Kanorr (22.82).

Other individual winners:

  • Indiana junior Stephanie Marchuk won the women’s 800 free in 8:44.57. That’s just a second short of her lifetime best.
  • Purdue’s Nathan Hopkins won the men’s 1500 free in 16:05.03.

Full, live meet results available here.

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INSwim Dad
7 years ago

@Bobo — Your English is very good and I understand your comments.

I would tend to agree that tech suits are faster – if not – why are all the Olympic level athletes swimming in them.

In this case, a swimmer doesn’t “like” the knee suit and uses a racing suit that is a normal tank. She feels fast in it and that is 99% of the battle – thinking you are fast.

INSwim Dad
7 years ago

A quick edit – it is Anyamarie (Anya) Goeders.

Bobo – RE: Anya and her suit. She swims in our club and did swim in a kneeskin at Orlando Grand Prix (swam in a tank at Nationals as well) and didn’t care for it. She is showing her competition (and us parents buying the tech suits) that it ISN’T about the suit.

bobo gigi
Reply to  INSwim Dad
7 years ago

Sorry for my lack of English vocabulary.
Sometimes people misunderstood me.
I didn’t criticize the suit.
I’m just a casual observer as a simple swim fan.
In my mind, but perhaps I’m wrong, a swimmer goes faster in a knee suit.
That’s why I noted that particularity, thinking she kept the fast suit for her most important meet of the summer. I thought it was a tactic.
But if you tell me that it doesn’t change anything, ok.

Congrats to Anya for that great performance and good luck for the rest of the summer.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

You can watch the sessions’ replays or the finals in live here.

The women’s 50 free is at 1h28 in the Thursday finals video.
And you will see that Anya Goeders swims in a simple and old school training suit! Not in a modern competition suit like her opponents. That’s impressive.
I presume she keeps it for her tapered meet of the summer. US junior championships?

French Stewart
7 years ago

Outstanding 200 medley from Newburgh, with UK signee Olivia Treski on the anchor and IU recruits Christie Jensen and Lilly King handling fly and breast. King rolled 30.36 on her leg.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

14-year-old Anya Goeders 3rd fastest 13/14 US girl ever just behind?
Behind Missy Franklin in 25.23 and Lia Neal in 25.38.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Great news to see Amy Bilquist healthy and already very competitive.

PB in the 50 free in 25.03 Never expected that for her return! 😯
She also led-off a 4X50 medley relay in 28.75 on backstroke.

Really excited for her next meet. US nationals?

7 years ago

Does anyone know if Malorie Han really did go a 53.55 in the B final of the 100 free or is this an error?

bobo gigi
Reply to  anon
7 years ago

In your opinion? 😉

Do you believe that an unknown swimmer with a seed time of 58.53 can suddenly swim the fastest US time of the year?


Except if you use the same methods as Mauricio Fiol of course. 😆

bobo gigi
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 years ago

Braden, are you serious? 🙄

7 years ago

good stuff. way to go amy!

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