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Columbus North girls swimming places 14th in IHSAA state meet

February 16, 2014
Columbus North High School

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Freshman Grace Haskett placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke and helped the 200 medley relay to a seventh-place finish Saturday (Feb. 15), leading the Columbus North girls swimming team to a 14th-place finish in the IHSAA State Finals.
    The Bull Frogs totaled 57 points to earn that finish.
    Carmel rolled up a whopping 399 points to roll to its 28th consecutive state title, the second-longest consecutive state crown streak nationally. The longest streak belongs to the boys swimming program of Punahou High in Honolulu, Hawaii, which won 29 titles from 1958 to 1986.
    Haskett was timed in 56.06 seconds in the 100 back, while she joined with juniors Marah Bieger, Maddie Wyke and Karen Wildemann for a 1:45.90 clocking in the 200 medley relay.
    The Bull Frogs also athletes in four individual and two relay consolation finals.
    Wyke placed 12th in the 100 butterfly in 56.39, while Bieger was 14th in two races -- the 200 individual medley in 2:07.13 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.86.
    Haskett finished 16th in the 50 free in 24.46, while the CN 200 free relay placed 14th and its 400 free relay finished 16th. Haskett, Bieger, Wyke and Wildemann comprised the former in 1:39.10. Wildemann, freshman Darby Coles, sophomore Cori Taylor and sophomore Mackenzie Fry teamed for the latter in 3:37.01.
    Nine state records were set in the meet overall and 10 for the weekend with Carmel accounting for seven of them as the Greyhounds captured the team title in one of the most remarkable state championship events in IHSAA history.
    Crown Point was the team runner-up with 209 points, the Bulldogs' best finish in school history. Fishers placed third with 203, Penn was fourth at 166 and Zionsville fifth with 137.
    Carmel took all three relay races setting state records in each, the last one in dramatic fashion in rallying to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:21.20. That turned out to be the ninth state mark to fall during the day equaling the record set in 1978.
     Sophomore Claire Adams set state records in two individual events -- 200 freestyle (1:46.95) and 100 backstroke (52.97) -- and was on two winning relays.
     Teammate Amy Bilquist won the 50 and 100 free events, setting a state mark in the latter in 48.93. She set a state standard in Friday's prelims in the 50 free in 22.15. She also was on two winning relays.
     Penn senior Bethany Galat set a state record in winning her second straight 100 breaststroke in 59.66 and also took the 200 individual medley for the third consecutive year in 1:57.52.
     Crown Point was led by a pair of underclassmen. Junior Aly Tetzloff won the 100 butterfly in record-setting fashion in 52.70, while freshman Hannah Kukurugya scored the 500 freestyle victory in 4:47.83.
        The 1-meter diving competition was won for the second year in a row by Sarah Bacon of Cardinal Ritter. Her record-setting score of 546.45 points allowed her to become the first back-to-back diving state champion since 1990.
        During Friday's prelims alone, four state records were set and another tied. The lone mark to survive Saturday's onslaught was Bilquist's 50-free performance.
        Alex Cleveland of Zionsville was named winner of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award. Cleveland, the 50 free state champion in 2013, finished as state runner-up in the 50 free and 100 free this year. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee and study biology.
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        Top 20 teams: Carmel 399, Crown Point 209, Fishers 203, Penn 166, Zionsville 137, Chesterton 133.5, Center Grove 106, Hamilton Southeastern 101, Munster 99, Homestead 91, North Central 83.5, Castle 79, Carroll (Fort Wayne) 62, Columbus North 57, Wawasee 43, Mt. Vernon (Posey) 39, Lake Central 36, Evansville Reitz 33, Western 30, Fort Wayne Snider 23.

Event Results
        200 Medley Relay: 1, Carmel (Hanna House, Alex Clarke, Veronica Burchill, Amy Bilquist) 1:40.83. State Record; 7, Columbus North (Grace Haskett, Marah Bieger, Maddie Wyke, Karen Wildemann) 1:45.90.
        200 Freestyle: 1, Claire Adams (Carmel) 1:46.95. State Record
        200 Individual Medley: 1, Bethany Galat (Penn) 1:57.52; 14, Marah Bieger (CN) 2:07.13.
        50 Freestyle: 1, Amy Bilquist (Carmel) 22.17; 16, Grace Haskett (CN) 24.46.
        1-Meter Diving: 1, Sarah Bacon (Cardinal Ritter) 546.45 points. State Record
        100 Butterfly
: 1, Aly Tetzloff (Crown Point) 52.70. State Record; 12, Maddie Wyke (CN) 56.39.
        100 Freestyle: 1, Amy Bilquist (Carmel) 48.93. State Record
        500 Freestyle
: 1, Hannah Kukurugya (Crown Point) 4:47.83.
        200 Freestyle Relay: 1, Carmel (Amy Bilquist, Claire Adams, Hanna House, Veronica Burchill), 1:31.37. State Record; 14, Columbus North (Grace Haskett, Marah Bieger, Maddie Wyke, Karen Wildemann) 1:39.10.
        100 Backstroke: 1, Claire Adams (Carmel) 52.97. State Record; 6, Grace Haskett (CN) 56.06.
        100 Breaststroke: 1, Bethany Galat (Penn) 59.66. State Record; 14, Marah Bieger (CN) 1:05.86.
        400 Freestyle Relay: 1, Carmel (Veronica Burchill, Katie Lemen, Kendall Smith, Claire Adams), 3:21.20. State Record; 16, Columbus North (Karen Wildemann, Darby Coles, Cori Taylor, Mackenzie Fry) 3:37.01.

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