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.