Indiana Sr Champs: OT Qualifiers, Records, and Return of Bilquist

2015 Indiana Swimming Senior Long Course Championships Hosted by Bloomington Swim Club

  • Thursday, July 16, 2015-Sunday, July 19, 2015
  • Indiana University Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results
  • Meet Central

Day One – Finals

Amongst other things, Day One marked the return of Carmel Swim Club’s Amy Bilquist, who has been out since May with stress fractures in her legs. Bilquist won the women’s 50 free with a lifetime-best 25.03, beating her time from 2014 Junior Pan Pacs by 1/100. Pretty impressive for her first 2015 long course outing. Equally impressive was 14-year-old Anya Goeders of Mako Swim Team. Goeders crashed through the 26-second barrier for the first time in prelims, going 25.60 -her best time by 4/10- and earned an Olympic Trials cut. Goeders took another .06 off in finals to win up with a second-place finish of 25.54. Third place went to Vanna Krause of Duneland Swim Club, another first-time Trial qualifier with her 26.11 in prelims and an even-better 25.88 in finals. Just missing the Trials party was Indiana University Swim Team’s Delaney Barnard; she dropped an impressive 6/10 but came up 1/100 short of the golden ticket with a fourth-place 26.20. (She got it later leading off the 200 free relay; see below.)

The men’s 50 free produced big time drops as well. Indiana University’s Hunter Hoffman punched his ticket to Olympic Trials with a nearly 1 full second drop; entered with a 23.71, he went 23.06 in prelims, then 22.76 in finals to win the event. Runner-up Daniel Kanorr was just off his personal best with 22.82.

Teammates Blake Pieroni and Sam Lorenz put on quite a show en route to earning their first OT cuts in the 50: they tied in both prelims (23.13) and finals (23.02). Kyle DeCoursey of Zionsville Swim Club squeeked in under the OT cutoff by 1/100 with a personal-best 23.28 for fifth place.

  • At the other end of the spectrum, Day One also featured the Olympic distance freestyle races. Indiana University’s Stephanie Marchuk won the women’s 800 in 8:44.57, a little over a second off her personal best. Nathan Hopkins of Boilermaker Aquatics led the field in the men’s 1500 with 16:05.03.
  • As reported earlier, the Newburgh Sea Creatures broke the NAG record for 15-18 girls with their 1:54.34 win in the women’s 200 medley relay. Indiana University took second in that race with 1:57.88, and despite a 28.75 leadoff 50 back from Bilquist, Carmel Swim Club came in third with 1:58.06. The Carmel women came back to win the 200 free relay, though, going 1:46.40 and out-touching Indiana University by 1/100. Duneland’s Krause lowered her 50 free time to 26.06 with her leadoff split. IUST’s Barnard got her second chance at Trials by leading off her relay; this time she nailed it, going 26.04 to clear the hurdle by .15.
  • Indiana University’s men won both the 200 medley (1:42.21) and 200 free relays (1:32.70).

Day Two – Finals

Indiana University’s Haley Lips opened the meet with a huge 6-second improvement in her 400 IM to land her first Trials cut in the event with 4:50.22. Teammate Marie Chamberlain dropped 8.6 seconds in prelims of the 200 back, posting the top qualifying time for finals with 2:16.94. She came just .35 short of the 2016 Trials cut. Her second attempt fell short as well; Chamberlain placed second in finals with 2:16.99, .28 behind winner Shelly Drozda (2:16.71) and .01 ahead of IUST teammate Shelby Carroll.

Lilly King of Newburgh Sea Creatures blasted a 1:08.52 –her seventh-fastest ever– in finals of the women’s 100 breast to break the meet record. Runner-up Emily Fogle of Boilermaker Aquatics, who hadn’t been under 1:13 since the summer of 2012, went 1:12.55 in prelims, then 1:10.43 in finals. With that swim, Fogle cleared the 2016 Olympic Trials hurdle by over a second.

Ian Finnerty came with a tenth of his all-time best in the men’s 100 breast, winning in 1:02.76 with a new meet record. 16-year-old Chandler Bray of Avon Community Swim Team was about a half-second off his PB with his second-place 1:03.20, but it was the fastest he’s been all year, and his first time under the Trials standard of 1:03.69. Just missing their OT cuts but finishing all together and making for an exciting race were Jack Wallar of IUST (1:04.13), Joey Gardner of Munster (1:04.16), and Tanner Kurz of IUST (1:04.19). Both Wallar and Gardner went lifetime bests in the final.

Indiana University’s women’s and men’s teams won the 800 free relay, with 8:16.80 and 7:44.51, respectively.

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6 years ago

It is truly amazing that this meet gets any press (back in the day, there were also OT cuts, but not a lot of fanfare or fans!), but I guess it’s that IN swimming just keeps getting faster – women and men. Happy to see that Amy Bilquist is back racin’

bobo gigi
6 years ago

It gets press here.

We have talked about Anya Goeders the other day. 3rd fastest 13/14 US girl in history in the 50 free.
We have talked about the great return to competition by Amy Bilquist. Didn’t expect that.
Lilly King is back from a great 100 breast performance at WUGs.
I add that Blake Pieroni, who is a serious contender for a 4X200 free olympic qualification next year, has swum a new PB of 49.48 in the 100 free. Should be in 48 and 1.47 at nationals.

bobo gigi
6 years ago
6 years ago

Bobo – maybe my understated Indiana (Hoosier) style doesn’t translate well to comments board. Even though I’ve moved away, I still keep track of IN swimming and am amazed/tickled that others out of state (and in France!) are paying attention. Some of the big names now are kids of swimmers from my era. I’m just proud that my little state keeps getting better; the tradition goes back a long, long way.

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