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2012-13 IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals Preview
February 8, 2013VYPE MAGAZINE - Central Indiana
VYPE Staff/IHSAA Communications
The 39th annual IHSAA girls swimming and diving state finals begin tonight and will conclude on Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Preliminary races will be held tonight at 6 p.m. The top 16 finishers in each event will advance and compete in the championship and consolation finals on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m.
Carmel High School is positioned to win its 27th consecutive team state championship this weekend. Already the longest streak of state championships in any girls sport in the nation at 26 consecutive, another title would tie Carmel for second in the nation with Pickford (Mich.) High School’s boys track and field team (27 straight from 1952-78).
Punahou High School (Honolulu, Hawaii) still holds the longest streak with 29 consecutive boys swimming championships from 1958-86. Carmel’s current mark of 26 continues to be the longest active streak in the country regardless of sport or gender.
Carmel senior Lacey Locke is situated to propel herself amongst the IHSAA’s best in career state championships (individual and relay events). With nine career championships to her credit, Locke is competing in the 200-yard individual medley, 200 backstroke and in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays this weekend.
Last year, Locke added a pair of relay state championships to her career total. Carmel’s 200 medley relay team has won the event the past four years and is ranked No. 1 in the state entering the state finals. If Locke helps the team defend its title, she would join three others as a four-time medley relay champion (Carmel’s Ginger Faerber, 1986-89; Tricia Tyner, 1987-90; Krista Davis 1994, ’95, ’97, ’98).
Locke was the 2011 state champion in the 200 IM and is seeded second in the event this weekend. She finished fourth in the event last year. She captured the 100 backstroke title as a freshman and sophomore and is seeded second this year.
Currently, Locke’s nine state championships ties her for fourth on the IHSAA’s all-time list – along with Carmel’s Trish Regan (2008-10), North Central’s Susan Hentschel (2000-03) and Sherry Cartwright (1978-81), who competed for both Ben Davis and Harrison (West Lafayette).
Carmel’s Emily Ayers (1992-95) is the all-time leader in career titles with 14. Elkhart Central’s Lindsay Benko (1991-94) is second with 11.
Junior Bethany Galat from Penn High School looks to defend her title in the 200 IM. She heads into this weekend ranked No. 1 in the state in both the 200 IM and the 50 freestyle. She holds the top seed in the 200 IM at 2 minutes, 2.65 seconds.
Meme Sharp of Noblesville looks to improve upon her second-place finish in last year’s diving state championship. Sharp heads into this weekend ranked third in the state. Hamilton Southeastern sophomore Jaya Brown finished third in the event last year. Cardinal Ritter’s Sarah Bacon, a sophomore, is seeded No. 1 this weekend with a score of 486.25.
North Central’s Rachel Hayden holds the top seed in the 50 freestyle (23.38); Westfield’s Erin Moe is the No. 1 seed in the 500 freestyle (4:56.92); Carmel’s Claire Adams carries the top time in the 100 backstroke (54.95) and Carmel’s 200 medley relay is the fastest at 1:44.17.
State Championship Record Streaks
Defending State Champions in Field (Individual Events)
Other Former State Champions in Field (Individual Events)
Career State Championships by an Individual (Individual and Relay Events)
State Championships Won by This Year’s Participants (Individual and Relay Events)
Lacey Locke’s (Carmel) State Championships Won (2010-current)