Indiana Age Group Swimming State Championships (Multiple Sites)
- March 18-21, 2021
- IU Natatorium and Elkhart Health and Aquatics Center
- Short Course Yards (SCY)
- Results on Meet Mobile: “2021 Indina SC AGS COMBINED”
Indiana hosted its age group state championships over the weekend, between March 19th and 21st. In order to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines, the meet was split into two locations, with half the athletes swimming at the IU Natatorium and the other half competing at the Elkhart Health and Aquatics Center.
The first day of the meet featured big swims from the girls in the 500 free, with a pair of 13-year olds entering the top-100 in the 13-14 age group. Lynsey Bowen and Lexie Ward, both swimming for Carmel Swim Club, both dipped below the 4:50 barrier in the event, finishing in 4:49.18 and 4:49.22 respectively. Bown now sits as the 88th fastest all time, while Ward is just behind her in 91st. The pair now ranks as the second and third fastest 13-year olds in the event this year, behind only Claire Weinstein’s 4:44.10.
In the men’s 400 IM another member of Carmel Swim Club had a huge swim. Carter Lancaster, a 14-year old, was the only competitor to dip below 4:00, finishing in 3:54.67. Lancaster now ranks as the 8th fastest all-time in the 13-14 age group, six spots ahead of Michael Phelps.
Lancaster had a great meet, setting 4 new meet records and a state record. His state record, and one of his meet records, came in the 400 IM, where the previous record stood at 3:58.22. His other meet records were in the 50 free (21.01), 100 fly (49.31), and 100 breast (57.12).
In the 11-12 girl’s 200 free it was Addison Carlile of the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers who finished with the fastest time. The 12-year old touched in 1:53.52, three seconds ahead of the second place swimmer. Carlile’s time makes her the second faster performer in the age group this year.
The 200 free wasn’t the only highlight of Carlile’s meet. Including the 200 free, Carlile broke three meet records and a state record across the meet. In the 50 free she took down the meet record of 24.34, finishing in 24.17. She took down her second meet record, and an overall state record in the 100 free. Her time of 52.20 was well below the 53.15 meet record, and just below the 52.30 state record that had stood since 1983. Carlile’s final meet record came in the 200 free where her 1:53.52 was nearly a second faster than the old record, a 1:54.22 from 1983.
Narrowly missing dipping below 50.0 in the 100 free was 14-year old Alex Shackell of Carmel Swim Club. Schackell touched in 50.06, becoming the 65th fastest performer in age group history. Her time ranks her as the 4th fastest 14-year old this year. She finished the meet with a 49.65 anchor leg on Carmel’s 400 free relay.
Other Notable Swims
- 14-year old Seth Cannon claimed the title in the 200 back with a time of 1:52.71. Cannon was also the runner-up in the 400 IM, 200 free, and 200 IM.
- The fastest 11-12 500 free across both genders came from 12-year old Emily Wolf of Fishers Area Swimming Tigers. Despite being off from her best time, Wolf finished in 5:07.38, over two seconds ahead of the fastest boy in the event.
- Lexie Ward cracked the all-time top-100 in the girls 13-14 1650 free. Only 13, Ward finished over a minute ahead of the field, touching in 16:33.95.