At the 2014 Speedo Sectionals Championship at the IUPUI Natatorium, the 15-16 girls of the Carmel Swim Club torched the National Age Group Record in the 400 meter freestyle relay. The team of Veronica Burchill, Kendall Smith, Claire Adams, and Amy Bilquist combined for a 3:48.28. That broke the 3:51.39 done by the Aquajets Swim Team in 2013 by more than three seconds – the old record was 3:51.39. It also broke the 2009 Meet Record that was set by a group of collegians from the University of Michigan by roughly the same amount.
1 Carmel Swim Club-IN ‘A’ 3:50.75 3:48.28*NAT 52
1) Burchill, Veronica K 16 2) Smith, Kendall T 16
3) Adams, Claire E 15 4) Bilquist, Amy M 16
28.14 57.94 (57.94)
1:25.62 (27.68) 1:55.69 (57.75)
2:22.20 (26.51) 2:51.63 (55.94)
3:18.64 (27.01) 3:48.28 (56.65)
That winning time was a part of a 1-3 finish for the Carmel Girls, and they were led by a 55.94 split (on a rolling start) from Adams – the youngest member of the relay. Adams was the second-youngest swimmer at the 2012 Olympic Trials, and her progression hasn’t slowed down one bit since.
The Colorado Stars’ team of Jordan Mattern, Caroline Piehl, Kelly Naze, and Missy Franklin still hold the 15-18 record in 3:45.50.
Individually, Bilquist added wins in the 50 (25.65) and 100 (55.59) freestyles, while she and Adams took 2nd-and-3rd behind Byron Center’s Taylor Garcia (1:01.67) in the 100 back. Garcia is one of the star swimmers that transferred from Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics in Holland, Michigan to Byron Center 30 miles east when coach Don Kimble made the move last year.
Full meet results available here.