Carmel High School Vying For 30th Consecutive Indiana State Title

2016 IHSAA Girl’s Swimming and Diving State Championships

Carmel High School will be vying to become the winningest team in the country by winning their 30th consecutive State Championship title. The Greyhounds, currently led by Head Coach Chris Plumb, have not lost at the state championship meet since 1985. Carmel is tied with the Honolulu Punahou Boys Swim team at 29 consecutive state championships.

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

29: Carmel, Ind., girls swimming, 1986‐2015.*
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)

This weekend, Carmel’s Claire Adams and Veronica Burchill will likely lead their team to the state title.

National Team member Claire Adams is entered in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. She will be chasing her former teammates’ state record in the 100 freestyle (48.36, Amy Bilquist) and Olivia Smoliga’s national record in the 100 backstroke (51.43). Last year, Adams set the state record in the 100 backstroke at 51.99 and then split 48.6 on the 400 freestyle relay.

Junior National Team member Veronica Burchill will be swimming the 100 butterfly as her only individual event and will then race on all three relays. Carmel broke all three national high school relay records at the 2014 state meet, and then again last year in 2015. Burchill will have a lot of competition in the 100 butterfly this year. It should be a great race between Burchill, Crown Point’s Hannah Kukurugya, also a junior national team member, and Chesterton’s Vanessa Krause. All three swimmers have been 53.4 or faster. Burchill could challenge the national high school record of 51.70 as well. She set the state record in the 100 fly last year at 52.26.

The prelims session will begin on Friday night, and the finals session will take place Saturday afternoon.

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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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