Carmel HS Boys Win 2015 Indiana HS State Championships; Finnerty Narrowly Misses 100 Breaststroke National Record

Over the weekend, the IHSAA hosted the Indiana Boy’s High School State Championship at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. Just two weeks after the Carmel Girls won their 29th consecutive state championship, the Carmel boys also earned a state title with 253.5 points. Depth helped carry the Greyhounds to the state title. Their only event victory of the meet came in the 200 medley relay. The team of Gabriel Whitaker, Charles Vaughan, Nathaniel Bledsoe, and Troy Li combined for a final time of 1:32.30.

Although we didn’t see any national records like we did at the girls’ meet, Bloomington South High School’s Ian Finnerty got dangerously close to breaking Connor Hoppe’s national public school record in the 100 breaststroke of 53.06. In prelims, Finnerty claimed the top seed and broke the state record in the event with his time of 53.23. He came back on Saturday for a second attempt at the national record during finals. He lowered his state record with his time of 53.19, but was still just off Hoppe’s national mark.

Finnerty also won the 200 IM with a time of 1:45.71, claiming victories in both of his individual events. He lead his team to a 9th place finish with 109 points.

Kyle DeCoursey lead Zionsville High School to a second place finish with 176 points. He swept both of his individual events, winning the 50 and 100 freestyles. He also was a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay at the end of the meet. During prelims, he broke the state record in the 50 freestyle with his time of 20.08.

Top 10 Teams
1. Carmel 253.5
2. Zionsville 176
3. Avon 167
4. Brownsburg 129
5. Carroll (Fort Wayne) 126.5
6. Penn 122
7. Hamilton Southeastern 121
8. Munster 112
9. Bloomington South 108
10. North Central (Indianapolis) 85

State Champions
200 Medley Relay: Carmel (Gabriel Whitaker 12, Charles Vaughan 10, Nathaniel Bledsoe 12, Troy Li 11) 1:32.30.
200 Freestyle: Parks Jones, 12, Avon, 1:37.81.
200 Individual Medley: Ian Finnerty, 12, Bloomington South, 1:45.71.
50 Freestyle: Kyle DeCoursey, 12, Zionsville, 20.30.
One Meter Diving: Kevin Frebel, 11, Homestead 568.65 points.
100 Butterfly: Gabriel Swardson, 11, Snider (Fort Wayne), 49.14.
100 Freestyle: Kyle DeCoursey, 12, Zionsville, 44.70.
500 Freestyle: Michael Brinegar, 9, Columbus North, 4:24.92.
200 Freestyle Relay: Brownsburg (Jack Franzman 9, Cameron Howard 12, Kyle Baney 12, Vince Partlow 11)1:24.20.
100 Backstroke: Wilson Beckman, 12, Munster 49.21.
100 Breaststroke: Ian Finnerty, 12, Bloomington South, 53.19. State Record
400 Freestyle Relay: Zionsville (Andrew Schuler 9, Cameron Gelwicks 12, Tyler Harmon 10, Kyle DeCoursey 12) 3:03.55.

 Click here for full results from the 2015 Indiana High School Boy’s State Championships. 

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Natalie Gibble

Umm.. Gabe Swardson (100 fly winner) attends Ft. Wayne Snider, not Carroll


It’s a shame that there’s no mention of 19.40 anchor freestyle split on the medley relay form Kyle DeCoursey. Remember that he only started swimming when he was a freshman in high school. Congratulations to him his teammates and coach Eric Myers.

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