story courtesy IHSAA
(2-15-20) The Carmel girls team continued to extend its national record of consecutive team State titles during the 46th gathering of Indiana’s best high school girls swimmers and divers at the IU Natatorium.
Carmel piled up 426.5 points, the fourth-most in meet history, overwhelming the rest of the field to easily take another team title. The Greyhounds had at least two participants in every individual event except diving and three in three other races.
Fishers finished as the runner-up with 208 points and Franklin Community was third with 165. (The two scores combined is 373 points, which would still be 53.5 points behind Carmel)
The Greyhounds claimed the program’s 34th consecutive state title, extending its national record in any sport or gender. Head coach Chris Plumb has guided the Greyhounds to their last 14 championships, the most in state history in the sport. Also the school’s boys coach, Plumb has combined for 22 total championships as a coach and now is within one title of Hall of Famer Chuck Koeppen, Carmel’s former cross country and track coach, for the most in state history.
Carmel won the opening event of the meet, the 200 medley relay, for the 12th straight year winning in 1:41.33 and proceeded to sweep all three relays for the seventh time in the last eight years.
Sophomore Gretchen Lueking won the 200 freestyle in 1:47.50 and freshman Berit Berglund took the 100 backstroke in 53.41 to give the Greyhounds two individual winners.
The 46th Annual IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals
Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, Indianapolis
February 14-15, 2020
Top 10 Teams
1. Carmel 426.5
2. Fishers 208
3. Franklin Community 165
4. Northridge 158
5. Carroll (Fort Wayne) 155
6. Hamilton Southeastern 136
7. Zionsville 130.5
8. Homestead 121
9. South Bend St. Joseph 110.5
10. Chesterton 77
200 Medley Relay: Carmel (Berit Berglund 9, Maggie Love 11, Meredith Berglund 12, Colleen Duffy 11) 1:41.33
200 Freestyle: Gretchen Lueking (10) Carmel 1:47.50
200 Individual Medley: Devon Kitchel (10) Zionsville 1:59.47
50 Freestyle: Elizabeth Broshears (12) Evansville Memorial 22.97
One Meter Diving: Morgan Casey (11) Fishers 508.90
100 Butterfly: Devon Kitchel (10) Zionsville 54.04
100 Freestyle: Kristina Paegle (10) Bloomington South 49.57
500 Freestyle: Mary Catherine Pruitt (11) South Bend St. Joseph 4:47.03
200 Freestyle Relay: Carmel (Colleen Duffy 11, Avery Williams 12, Gretchen Lueking 10, Madelyn Christman 11) 1:32.61
100 Backstroke: Berit Berglund (9) Carmel 53.41
100 Breaststroke: Sammy Huff (11) Noblesville 1:02.87
400 Freestyle Relay: Carmel (Gretchen Lueking 10, Madelyn Christman 11, Meghan Christman 9, Berit Berglund 9) 3:21.22
NOTE: All Indiana girls teams compete in one class.