The Carmel High School girls have done the work in prelims on Friday at the 2016 Indiana High School State Championship meet to put themselves well on their way to a record-breaking 30th-consecutive state championship.
If they can finish the victory today, they will break the National Record of Punahou High School’s boys track & field team (Hawaii – Barack Obama’s alma mater) as the longest known Championships in the country. The Punahou team won 29-straight championships from 1958-1986.
The Carmel girls took top seeds in 5 of the 9 individual events and all 3 relays on Friday evening at the IUPUI Natatorium. That includes junior Emma Nordin, who was the top qualifier in the 200 free (1:46.03) and 500 free (4:49.01).
Nordin is the defending state champion in the 500, but was runner-up last year in the 200 free to teammate Claire Adams. While Nordin was already faster in prelims than she was in either round last year, her freshman teammate Kelly Pash is not far behind as the 2nd qualifier in 1:48.21.
Adams, meanwhile, shifted to the 100 free (48.63) and 100 back (51.65) for this year’s meet. In the latter of those events, the US National Teamer has already broken her State Record, swimming a 51.65 to be the top qualifier. She was a 51.99 in prelims of last year’s meet, and while she was a touch slower in finals, she still won easily.
Among non-Carmel swimmers, York freshman Emily Weiss was impressive. She is the top qualifier in the girls’ 100 breast in 1:01.64, followed by South Bend – Riley’s junior Abigail Kirkpatrick (1:01.95) and South Bend – St. Joseph’s freshman Aislinn Walsh (1:02.40). By qualifying times, that 100 breaststroke final will be the most competitive of the meet.
Diving prelims will begin at 8:00 on Saturday morning, while swimming finals kick off at 1:00 PM Eastern (local) time.