Carmel Girls Break National Record With 30th Consecutive State Title


Carmel High School now stands alone as the winningest high school team in history after winning their 30th consecutive state championship title this weekend. The swimming powerhouse from the northern suburbs of Indianapolis has now won more consecutive state championships than any other team in history, regardless of sport, sex, or state. Last year, the Greyhounds tied Honolulu Punahou’s men’s swim team record of 29 consecutive championships. Their streak spanned from 1958 until 1986.

State Championship Record Streaks
Longest streaks of consecutive state championships, all sports, all states.

30: Carmel, Ind., girls swimming, 1986‐2016.*
29: Honolulu Punahou, Hawaii, boys swimming, 1958‐86.
28: Bolles, Jacksonville, Fla. boys swimming, 1988‐2015.*
27: Pickford, Mich., boys track and field, 1952‐78.
27: St. Xavier, Louisville, Ky., boys swimming, 1989‐2015.*
26: Woonsocket Mt. St. Charles Academy, R.I., boys hockey, 1978‐2003.
25: Paulsboro, NJ, wrestling, 1983‐2007.
24: Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI, boys swimming, 1990‐2013.
24: Tacoma Wilson, Wash., boys swimming, 1960‐83.
*Active streak.
(Source: National Federation of State High School Associations)

Carmel seniors Claire Adams and Veronica Burchill each broke a state record to lead the Greyhounds to the historical victory. Adams lowered her own state record in the 100 backstroke to 51.65 during prelims and Burchill lowered her 100 butterfly record to 51.79, just missing the national mark of 51.70.

Adams, a US National teamer, also became the first swimmer to win all sixteen events throughout her high school career in the state of Indiana. In addition to the 100 backstroke, she also won the 100 freestyle and was a member of the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays this year. The previous record was set by another Carmel standout, Emily Ayers. Ayer’s won fourteen state titles between 1992 and 1995. Another notable name on that list is US olympian Lindsey Benko (now Lindsey Mintenko). Lindsey won 11 events during her high school career.

One other record fell over the course of the weekend. Carmel’s head coach Chris Plumb now stands alone as the winningest coach in Indiana high school state history, winning his tenth state championship this weekend. He was tied with Tony Young after last year’s win with nine victories.

Most State Championships by a Coach
No) Name, School

10) Chris Plumb, Carmel
9) Tony Young, Carmel
6) Ray Lawrence, Carmel
3) Tom Burchill, Carmel
3) Betty Leibert, Munster
3) Ken Stopkotte, Carmel
2) Jennifer Hendricks, Ben Davis
2) Ron Watson, Anderson

The Indiana State Champions: 

  • 200 Medley Relay – Carmel (C. Adams, K. Smith, V. Burchill, T. Rothrock) – 1:39.86
  • 200 Freestyle – Emma Nordin, Carmel – 1:47.95
  • 200 IM – Samme Burchill, Carmel – 1:57.99
  • 50 Freestyle – Robyn Clevenger, Hamilton Southeastern – 22.91
  • 1m Diving – Jackie Brann, Homestead High School – 485.45 pts
  • 100 Butterfly – Veronica Burchill, Carmel – 51.79
  • 100 Freestyle – Claire Adams, Carmel – 48.83
  • 500 Freestyle – Emma Nordin, Carmel – 4:52.09
  • 200 Freestyle Relay – Carmel (V. Burchill, K. Smith, G. Pangburn, K. Pash) – 1:31.59
  • 100 Backstroke – Claire Adams, Carmel – 52.39 (51.65* in prelims)
  • 100 Breaststroke – Emily Weiss, Yorktown – 1:02.20
  • 400 Freestyle Relay – Carmel (V. Burchill, T. Rothrock, S. Burchill, C. Adams) – 3:16.15

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An incredible accomplishment, congrats to the team and coach!


Bolles Girls Swimming has a 26 year State Championship winning streak too…


But 26 isn’t 30…

Culture is Key to Championships

Congratulations to Carmel Swimming!!!
Amazing girls who are wonderful examples of great character in and
out of the water! Coaches and the
Culture they have created for our young
athletes is the pinnacle ! Thank you for
setting an amazing example for all!!!

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