Carmel Girls Drop 15-18 200 Free Relay National Age Group Record by Two Seconds

In February, the girls of Carmel High School broke the National Public High School Record in the 200 yard free relay. On Thursday at the 2014 Indiana Senior State LC Championships, the club side of that program, the Carmel Swim Club, broke the 15-18 National Age Group Record in the 200 free relay.

The team of Veronica BurchillRachel HaydenClaire Adams, and Amy Bilquist, and  combined for a 1:42.29. That betters the 1:44.37 done by SwimMAC Carolina in 2013 – that’s a SwimMAC relay that included Faith Johnson, fresh off of an SEC title in the 50 free as a freshman at Tennessee. So good was this Carmel relay, that it broke the record by roughly half-a-second per swimmer. The team was nearly the same as the one that broke the high school record, except that Hayden replaced Hanna House.

Exact splits weren’t working on Meet Mobile, but per their coach Chris Plumb, the times were:

  • Burchill (25.7)
  • Hayden (25.8)
  • Adams (25.7)
  • Bilquist (24.8)

As compared to the old record splits of:

  • Faith Johnson (25.10)
  • Maria Sheridan (26.86)
  • Maija Roses (26.12)
  • Lauren Rhodes (26.29)

Full meet results available on Meet Mobile.

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Becky D

First paragraph currently says *medley* relay, although both title and cut line say free relay.


Adams/Bilquist had been on my radar. But Veronica Burchill had an outstanding lead-off (assuming the hand-timed split is right). And she’s only a rising junior in HS!
This Carmel team has got it going on…


It’s too bad the splits werent available but to have 4 girls all under 26 is impressive.


Watch out for Bilquist and Manuel for 2016!:)

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