Carmel Captures Seventh-Straight Indiana Boys State Championship Title

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The 2021 Indiana Boys State Swimming and Diving Championship took place on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Despite only winning one relay and one individual event, Carmel used their impressive depth to win their seventh-straight championship crown with 360 points ahead of Fishers (198.5) and Zionsville (189.5).

The win set a new state record for most consecutive titles won and marks the 21st title in program history. The Greyhounds made it a sweep as the Carmel girls clinched their 35th-consecutive title two weeks ago, and tonight’s victory is the school’s 158th IHSAA championship.

Carmel also joined a pretty special relay club on Saturday.

Click HERE for full results and team scores.

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Carmel – 360
2. Fishers – 198.5
3. Zionsville – 189.5
4. Franklin Community – 169
5. Penn – 154

Carmel began their winning ways as Carter Lancaster (22.90), Ryan Malicki (24.30), Christopher Holmes (21.70), and William Kok (20.70) won the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:29.60. Zionsville was second in 1:29.64 while Penn was third in 1:30.48.

Hamilton Southeastern’s Keegan Streett, who placed second in the 200 free last season, found himself on top of the podium this year after clocking in at 1:36.72. Last year’s bronze medallist, Franklin Community’s McKillip Ratzlaff, took second in 1:37.20 while Carmel’s Griffin Hadley was third in 1:37.29.

Zionsville’s Will Modglin won the 200 IM by well over a second, stopping the clock in 1:45.14 for his first-ever state title. After taking third in 2020, Franklin Community’s Cade Oliver moved up one place to finish second in 1:46.48 and Carmel’s Gus Rothrock rounded out the podium in 1:47.01.

Delta’s Brady Samuels blasted a time of 19.72 in the 50 free as the only swimmer in the field to crack the 20-second mark, just off the 19.59 he threw down during prelims. Boonville’s Braden Rollins (20.18) and Penn’s Aaron Dies (20.25) finished second and third, respectively.

Sam Bennett of Delta dove to first on the 1-meter board for the second-straight year, finishing with a final score of 615.55 for the victory. Fisher’s William Jansen placed second with 557.00 points while Danville’s Holden Higbie took third with a total score of 534.00 points.

Not too long after winning the 50 free, Samuels, who has committed to Purdue, flew to the gold medal in the 100 fly after getting his hands to the wall in 47.05. Hoosier commit Finn Brooks of Concordia Lutheran was second in 48.21 while third went to future Vol Rothrock in 48.30.

Center Grove’s Ethan Martin sprinted to the gold medal in the 100 free, posting a time of 44.02 for the win. Rollins, who signed his NLI with Alabama, secured silver with a time of 44.39 as bronze was claimed by Georgia pledge Streett in 44.68.

Fisher’s Jackson Carlile, who will stay in state and swim for Indiana, cruised to first in the 500 free in a winning time of 4:22.31. It was a 1-2 punch for Fishers has NC State verbal commit Kyle Ponsler was right behind his teammate in 4:23.36 for the runner-up spot. Culver Academies’ Mitchell Schott was third in 4:25.79.

The Penn quartet of Joseph Radde (20.89), Dies (19.54), Joel Cummins (20.63), and Connor Craig (20.23) came out on top in the 4×50 free relay, combining in 1:21.29. They were just .08 off Carmel’s state record of 1:21.21 set in 2017. Carmel raced to second in 1:22.02 while third belonged to Fishers in 1:23.41.

After winning the 200 IM earlier, Modglin captured his second state title, this time in the 100 back. The sophomore powered home in 46.60, over a full second ahead of runner-up and Mizzou-bound Oliver’s time of 47.69. Carmel’s Sean Sullivan swam to third in 48.69.

Notre Dame commit Malicki, who swam the breaststroke leg on the winning 4×50 medley relay, raced to victory in the 100 breast after taking third the year prior. His time of 53.71 bested runner-up Aiden Tierney (54.11) of Mt. Vernon Fortville and third-place finisher Cameron Luarde (55.08) of Homestead.

Carmel’s seventh-straight title was capped off by a win in the final 4×100 free relay as Hadley (45.08), Kayden Lancaster (44.75), C. Lancaster (44.55), and Rothrock (44.32) joined forces in 2:58.70. Zionsville was third in 2:59.41 and 3:03.69 was fast enough for Franklin Community to snag third.

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2 years ago

Carmel won two relays and Zionsville was second in 400 free relay.

2 years ago

I find these results really amazing as I can remember when a team couldn’t win a meet without winning most of the events. Given that they won by more than 160 points and had no divers it appears that Carmel never needed a swimmer to do better than third place.