Carmel Girls Dominate to Win 36th-Straight Indiana State Title

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The complete domination of Carmel High School continues on for yet another year, as the Greyhounds won their 36th-straight Indiana Girls State Swimming and Diving Championship title earlier this month.

The girls of Carmel extended their own national record of 36 consecutive titles with 461 points, just shy of the record-setting total of 479 set back in 2021. It did, however, mark the second-most points scored in the meet’s 48-year existence.

The meet was held on Feb. 11-12 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Click HERE for full results and team scores.

Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. Carmel – 461
  2. Fishers – 283
  3. Hamilton Southeastern – 164
  4. Concord – 162
  5. Zionsville – 147

Carmel freshman Alex Shackell broke the state record in the 100 fly after throwing down an impressive time of 51.71, besting the standard set by Vermonica Burchill – another Grehyound – in 2016.

Shackell, who also earned silver in the 50 free, became the first freshman to win the 100 fly at the state meet since 2004.

Winning the 50 free for the second year in a row was Lily Christianson, a sophomore from Penn. Her time of 22.14 eclipsed the state record by the smallest of margins; the old record of 22.15 was set by Amy Bilquist back in 2015.

Another Carmel freshman also set a state record: Lynsey Bowen in the 500 free. Her time of 4:45.15 during prelims tied the Indiana record first set by another Carmel alumna, Emma Nordin. Bowen also placed fourth in the 200 free.

Kristina Paegle, an Indiana commit, won the 200 free after setting a new state record in prelims. The Bloomington South senior swam an impressive 1:45.02 before posting a 1:45.19 in finals. She also won the 100 free in 48.29, a day after setting yet another state record in prelims in 48.00.

Paegle has swam to three-straight state titles in the 100 free, which ties as the most in state history in the event.

Carmel junior Berit Berglund also won her third-straight championship crown after winning the 100 back. The future Texas Longhorn’s time of 51.50 in prelims – which she also posted in finals – broke the state record held by Claire Adams in 51.65 from 2016.

The Greyhounds also swept the relays for the fourth-consecutive year on their way to clinching the team title, highlighted by a record performance in the 4×50 medley relay.

Berglund, Vivian Wilson, Shackell and Meghan Christman combined in 1:38.55, besting their prelims time of 1:38.86 to break the state record twice. The old record, also held by Carmel, was 1:39.25 from 2015.

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