Carmel Sprinter Amy Bilquist Chooses California (Photo Gallery)

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CARMEL, Indiana, October 8. One of the top sprinters in the Class of 2015 is headed to Berkeley, Calif., as Carmel’s Amy Bilquist has elected to competed at the University of California-Berkeley for head coach Teri McKeever.

Bilquist, the top-ranked swimmer in the State of Indiana by as well as No. 19 in the entire class, has had a nomadic swimming career so far, but finally found her soft landing spot with Carmel Swim Club in Indiana.  She originally started to make some noise in Arizona, having trained with the Scottsdale Aquatic Club as well as the YMCA Westside Silver Fins.

Bilquist made huge strides towards becoming one of the top recruits in the nation in Indiana as part of Swimming World’s National High School Champions as Carmel High. Bilquist erupted with a 52.58 in the 100-yard backstroke at the Indiana Senior State Championships, and clocked a 22.15 in the 50-yard free at her high school state championships.

In long course competition, Bilquist made a mark by making the Junior Pan Pacific team and throwing down a 25.04 in the 50-meter free and a 1:01.00 in the 100-meter back.  She also put up a 54.85 in the 100-meter free at summer junior nationals.

She joins a loaded Class of 2015 that will be looking to replace points lost when Missy Franklin goes pro after her sophomore season this year.  No. 4 Kathleen Baker and No. 8 Katie McLaughlin have already committed to the Bears as well.