Carmel High School Girls Break All Three National High School Relay Records

We can now comfortably say that the 2014 Carmel High School Girls team is the best group of girls that Carmel has ever brought to state! After breaking the National High School Records in both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays, they finish off the meet with their third National High School Record! The team of Veronica Burchill, Katie Lemen, Kendall Smith, and Claire Adams won the 400 freestyle relay, breaking the National Public School record with a time of 3:21.20. The crazier thought about this relay is that they broke the record without Amy Bilquist. Bilquist won the 100 free with a state record time of 48.96.


  • Veronica Burchill – 50.46
  • Katie Lemen – 51.74
  • Kendall Smith – 50.30
  • Claire Adams – 48.70

Crown Point put up a great relay, finishing second with a time of 3:22.03. They were also under the previous National High School Record.


  • Racheal Bukowski – 51.93
  • Aly Tetzloff – 48.69
  • Hannah Kukurugya – 49.96
  • Mackenzie Artim – 51.45

The previous record was set at 3:22.85 by Hershey HS in 2011.

What Carmel accomplished at this meet is chilling. Bolles School broke all three relay records in one meet, but stacked all three of their relays with their top swimmers. Not to take away from what the boys from Bolles School accomplished, but Carmel threw up a normal line up. Each swimmer swam their two individual races and filled in where they could on the relay. Carmel High School showcased their top speed and incredible depth, and in this writers opinion, swam the best high school meet in history.

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Coach tom
6 years ago

Insane meet. Congrats to all the girls at this meet. Incredibly fast swimming.

Reece Style
6 years ago

Why was Waukesha South in Wisconsin never accredited for their 400 free record this past November? They were in fact the previous holders of the record with a 3:22.50 not Hershey.

But it really doesn’t matter since Carmel has topped both times now!

A real Indiana swimming dad
6 years ago

Yep. Did it again. Amazing how this team is able to buck the system and recruit in athletes like bilquist, house, et al from other programs. This program continues the be the biggest farce for those who truly know. Such a shame that they continue to get away with it and the IhSAA turns a blind eye to their tactics…shame shame shame

Carmel Truth Hurts
Reply to  A real Indiana swimming dad
6 years ago

Keep drinking the Cool-Aid. The truth is both Bilquist and House have significantly improved their best times by a great deal since joining the Carmel program. Look for Bilquist to get even faster at next years HS meet. If you read what she said in the Indy Star – she said that she could have gone anywhere locally but chose Carmel because it is the premier program in the country (fact check). Carmel recruiting is done by program leadership not by telephone calls and pay-offs as you believe.

Reply to  A real Indiana swimming dad
6 years ago

Those who truly know….bitter much? recruited Bilquist from AZ? that’s impressive. yes they were fortunate to get her but that’s what families with elite athletes do -choose a program where they are moving that is a good fit. Give credit where credit is due, they swam fast and should be proud of what they accomplished. Congratulations to the Carmel girls.

Reply to  A real Indiana swimming dad
6 years ago

First, congrats to the coaches, athletes and parents of Camel on a truly impressive performance from top to bottom at your state championships. I know nothing of the allegations you purpose; however, as one of Amy Bilquist’s former club coaches I felt compelled to post regarding “A Real Indiana Swimming Dad’s” comment. I can say with 100% certainty that the Bilquist family did NOT move to Indiana because of swimming but rather due to a job situation. To take it a step further, the coaching staff at Carmel didn’t even know Amy would be joining their program until after the family had decided to move to Indiana. Why not simply celebrate some truly incredible performances rather than trying to knock… Read more »

Reply to  Spirith20
6 years ago

Oops, Carmel, not Camel.

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Tony Carroll

The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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