(2-25-20) Recently two of the top high school girls swimming teams in the US won State Championships, one in Indiana and the other one in neighboring Ohio. Both schools have been very dominant over many years.
They have a lot in common….
Carmel (Indiana) won its 34th Straight State Championship (national record in any sport or gender) IHSAA state championship (there are no divisions in Indiana). Gates Mills (Ohio) Hawken won its 22nd straight OHSAA D II swimming championship.
So consider this none of these swimmers were born when the streaks started at each school.
Carmel won five different events and Hawken won four state titles.
Carmel won with a score of 426.5 points, 217.5 points ahead of 2nd place Fishers, Hawken won its title with 399 points, 182 points ahead of 2nd place Hathaway Brown.
Top 5 OHSAA D II Girls Swim Team Scores:
1. Gates Mills Hawken – 399
2. Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown – 217
3. Columbus School for Girls – 165
4. Cincinnati Indiana Hill – 100
5. Gates Mills Gilmour Academy – 93
2020 OHSAA D II State Champions
- 200 Yard Medley Relay – Gates Mills Hawken (1:44.22)
(Jessica Eden SO Sydney Bare JR Lauren Musbach SR Bainon Hart SR)
- 200 Yard IM – Gates Mills Hawken – Soph Jessica Eden (2:01.12)
Hawken went 1-2-3-4 in the 500 freestyle with a win by sophomore Tori Culotta, her second state championship in the event in as many years.
- 500 Yard Freestyle – Gates Mills Hawken – Soph Tori Culotta (4:52.11)
- 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Gates Mills Hawken (1:34.43) (Maggie Mallett SO Ella Gilson JR Bainon Hart SR Jessica Eden SO)
2020 Top 5 IHSAA Teams
1. Carmel 426.5
2. Fishers 208
3. Franklin Community 165
4. Northridge 158
5. Carroll (Fort Wayne) 155
- 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 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
- 400 Freestyle Relay: Carmel (Gretchen Lueking 10, Madelyn Christman 11, Meghan Christman 9, Berit Berglund 9) 3:21.22
They also have some differences…
Carmel Head coach Chris Plumb has guided the Greyhounds to their last 14 championships, the most in state history in the sport. While Hawken’s Head Coach Tim Hable just finished his first year.
Carmel is one of the largest public high school’s in Indiana, while Hawken is a coeducational private day school.
When will the streaks end? When you look at the rosters for both schools you will see numerous underclassmen who won state titles, the streaks should continue in the future.