Carmel Girls Claim Unprecedented 38th Straight Indiana State Title


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Carmel Girls Claim Unprecedented 38th Straight Indiana State Title

The complete domination of Carmel High School continues on, as the Greyhounds won their 38th-straight Indiana Girls State Swimming and Diving Championship this past weekend.

The Greyhounds extended their own national record of 38 consecutive titles, the longest state title streak in any sport. It was the 18th state championship crown for coach Chris Plumb.

Carmel scored 433 points, just off its record 498 points from 2023. The Greyhounds still would’ve won the meet even if they scored half the points they actually did.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. Carmel – 433
  2. Penn – 212 
  3. Fishers – 202 
  4. Zionsville – 170 
  5. Carroll (Fort Wayne) – 166

Three Carmel swimmers were double-event winners during the meet: Alex Shackell (100 fly, 100 back), Lynsey Bowen (200 free, 500 free) and Molly Sweeney (200 IM, 100 breast).

A total of three state records fell during the meet:

  1. Lilian Christianson (Penn) – 50 free, 
  2. Alex Shackell (Carmel) – 100 fly, 50.25
  3. Lynsey Bowen (Carmel) – 500 free, 4:40.74

Christianson sprinted to the top spot in the 50 free, throwing down a blazing time of 21.72 during finals after her 22.29 in prelims. Her time broke Shackell’s state record of 21.93 from 2023.

Christianson, who has verbally committed to NC State, also won the 100 free with a time of 48.45.

Alex Shackell

Shackell twice broke the state record in the 100 fly. She recorded a 50.57 during prelims before winning in 50.25. She won the event by over three seconds.

Cal-bound Shackell, a junior, later scared the state mark in the 100 back. Her time of 51.63 to collect another gold medal was just shy of the 51.50 state record.

Bowen dominated the 500 free in a state-record-worthy performance of her own. After her 4:44.85 in prelims, she crushed the field in a 4:40.74 to break her own state record of 4:42.81 from 2023. She beat the field by about seven seconds.

Having verbally committed to Florida, Bowen was also victorious in the 200 free with her winning time of 1:45.74 – two seconds ahead of everyone else.

Picking up two gold medals was Sweeney, whose 1:56.38 in the 200 IM bested the field by an impressive 3.5 seconds. The sophomore was also the only swimmer to sneak under the minute-marker in the 100 breast, doing so in 59.47.

Also of note, Wawasee’s Julie Mishler was also under the state record in the 50 free with a quick 21.85. The future Louisville Cardinal earned silver in the event, also securing a runner-up finish in the 100 back (52.97).

On the boards, Fort Wayne Snider’s Amelia Rinehart captured a victory in 1-meter diving with an impressive 513.40 points as the only diver to crack the 500-point barrier.

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