Carmel Swim Club Girls Torch 15-16 400 Free Relay Record at Sectionals

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 8

March 31st, 2014 Club, News

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 BurchillKendall SmithClaire 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.

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bobo gigi

At the same meet, impressive 200 back for 14-year-old Erin Earley.
Her seed time was 2.14.23.
She swam 2.10.95 in final with amazing splits.
33.02/31.34/38.92!/27.67! 😯


Definitely a pad error haha…can’t see a 14 year old girl going 27 in a 50 lcm back at all, let alone at the end of a 200


Or doing a split like that for the 100 breast…

bobo gigi

You’re right.
I’m embarrassed! 😳
I forgot that the 50 back world record was 27.06! 😆
I forgot that Missy finishes in 30/31! 😆
I must slowly accustom again to long course. :mrgreen:

But 2.10.95 is correct and it’s still an impressive swim for a 14-year-old girl.


They were having difficulties with the pads all weekend.


Congratulations to the 14 year old swimmer Erin Earley. She won high point for the meet!

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