The Dynasty Continues: Carmel Girls Earn 33rd-Consecutive Indiana State Championship Title (PHOTO GALLERY)

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Indiana’s 2019 Girls’ High School State Swimming and Diving Championship took place at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday, February 9.

Carmel used their impressive depth to earn their 33rd-straight high school championship team title, winning all three relays and three individual state titles. In true dynasty-fashion, Carmel extends their all-time national record of most consecutive championships across all sports.

Full results

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Carmel – 413
2. Franklin Community – 167.5
3. Carroll (Fort Wayne) – 165
3. Fishers – 165
5. Northridge – 163

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Carmel swept all three relays, defending their state titles in the 4×50 medley relay and 4×100 freestyle relay. Starting with the medley, Madelyn Christman (25.33), Kelly Pash (28.51), Meredith Berglund (24.68) and Colleen Duffy (22.87) clocked in with a time of 1:41.39, nearly two seconds faster than Franklin Community (1:43.14) and Homestead (1:44.00).

Carmel clocked another first-place relay finish in the 4×50 freestyle relay consisting of Duffy (23.53), Avery Williams (23.30), Gretchen Lueking (23.49), and Kendra Bowen (22.85). The final relay, 4×100 freestyle, consisted of Pash (48.73), Lueking (50.70), Christman (50.69), and Ashlyn Underhill (50.70) who dropped 10 seconds from their prelims time to finish the meet with a win in a  time of 3:20.82.

Carmel teammates Bowen and Underhill touched first and second in the 200 freestyle with times of 1:47.67 and 1:48.16, respectively. Mary Catherine Pruitt of South Bend Saint Joseph clocked in close behind with a time of 1:49.00. Pruitt earned another spot on the podium in the 500 freestyle, her 4:49.42 put her on top, with seniors Samantha Hietpas (4:52.55) of Fishers and Underhill (4:52.79) following in second and third.

Last year’s winner of the 200 freestyle, Kelly Pash grabbed a gold in this year’s 200 IM. Pash dominated the heat with a time of 1:58.54, followed by Yorktown senior Emily Weiss (2:01.01) and Chesterton senior Jaclyn Klimczak (2:01.59).

Sophomores swept the 50 freestyle with Northridge’s Elsa Fretz holding her first seed coming into finals, breaking the 23 marker and winning with a time of 22.88. Carmel’s Colleen Duffy and Franklin Community’s Gracey Payne swam into the wall just .10 seconds apart with times of 23.31 and 23.41.

Homestead senior Jackie Brenn secured first place in one-meter diving with a standout score of 547.55. Plainfield freshman Daryn Wright followed in second with a score of 486.70 while International senior Eve Geier finished third (468.55).

Pash scored four gold medals this weekend, winning the 100 fly in addition her existing 200 IM title and 2 relay titles. She clocked in a second before Carla Gildersleeve (53.86) with a time of 53.86. Seeded fourth coming into finals, Caroll Fort Wayne’s Teagen Moon slipped into third with a 54.07, shaving nearly half a second off her prelims time.

Fretz earned a silver medal in her second sprint event of the day with a time of :50.12, closely behind Hobart’s Emma Wright who broke 50 seconds in the 100 freestyle to take home the gold. Lueking came away with third with a time of 50.44.

The 100 backstroke proved a close race to the podium, Carroll Fort Wayne’s Mallory Jackson (54.32) and Chesterton’s Klimczak (54.33) finishing only 0.01 seconds apart in the 100 backstroke to claim first and second. Christman clocked in at 54.44 to claim the bronze.

Weiss defended her state title in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.91, although she was about a half-second off her own National Public High School record of 58.40 she set last year. Fellow seniors Aislinn Walsh of South Bend Saint Joseph (1:02.56) and Delaney Wihebrink of Warsaw Community (1:03.06) claimed the remaining spots on the podium.

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Shelley Causey Christie

Congratulations, Carmel High School Girls!!!!

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