February 12, 2014

Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals Preview: Penn’s Galat Looks for Third IM Crown
Carmel Girls Look to Extend Team Title Streak to 28 Years
Seven individuals with 19 state titles to their credit including four in individual events are among those participating in this weekend’s 40th Annual IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals.

Preliminary swimming heats will begin Friday at 6 pm ET / 5 pm CT at the Indiana University Natatorium with the top 16 in each event returning Saturday for the championship and consolation finals scheduled for 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT. The state diving competition begins Saturday at 9 am ET.

Penn senior Bethany Galat is the lone multiple-year winner as the two-time defending champion in the 200 individual medley where she’s the third seed (2:03.01) after Saturday’s sectionals. She also added a state title in the 100 breaststroke a season ago and enters with the second-best time (1:02.07) in that event.

Carmel sophomore Claire Adams is the returning champion in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. She set the state record in the backstroke last year in 53.40 and went 54.92 in Saturday’s sectional entering this weekend as the second seed. Adams and classmate Veronica Burchill also distinguished themselves last year becoming the first freshmen to win four state championships.

Also returning is Zionsville senior Alex Cleveland, last year’s winner in the 50 freestyle and Sarah Bacon, a junior from Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, the diving champ. Cleveland had the state’s second fastest time in last weekend’s sectional at 23.12.

A couple of records to keep an eye on are the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

During her sectional final on Saturday, Carmel junior Amy Bilquist cut through the 50 free water in 22.80, .10 faster than the official state record set in 1998 by Lacey Boutwell of Noblesville. Whether she can knock that record from the books on Friday or Saturday remains to be seen.

The 100 breast record of 1:00.12 and held by Center Grove’s Michelle McKeehan could be in jeopardy as well with junior Lillia King of Evansville Reitz and Galat, the defending champ, within striking distance. King went 1:00.80 and Galat 1:02.07 last Saturday. Galat’s winning time last year was 1:00.29.

As it does every year, Carmel is positioned favorably for yet another team title.

Already the longest active streak of state championships in any sport in the nation at 27 in a row, another title on Saturday would place Carmel all alone with the second-longest string in high school sports history. The Greyhounds are currently tied with Pickford (MI) High School’s boys track and field team which won 27 straight from 1952-78. Punahou High School’s (Honolulu, HI) 29 straight boys swimming championships from 1958-86 tops the national high school charts.

Two Crown Point individuals – junior Aly Tetzloff and freshman Hannah Kukurugya – are the top seeds in three events. Tetzloff has the state’s quickest time in the individual medley (2:02.10) and 100 butterfly (54.26) while Kukurugya tops the field in the 200 freestyle (1:48.80). The Bulldogs also had the fastest 200 medley relay (1:43.81) and 400 freestyle relay (3:24.39) at their sectional on Saturday.

Results will be posted throughout both days to IHSAA.org and tweeted at @IHSAA1. Saturday’s championship and consolation finals will be streamed live at IHSAAtv.org beginning at 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 6 pm ET (Swimming prelims).
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 9 am ET (Diving prelims and semis), 1 pm ET (Consolations and finals for all events).
Site: Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis | Website
Admission: Unreserved tickets are $8 per session or $12 both days.
Webstream: Saturday's championship and consolation finals will be streamed live at IHSAAtv.org beginning at 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT.

The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats. All diving will take place on Saturday with the top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each.

Friday Heat Sheets | Friday Psych Sheets | Diving Order


Top Seeds
200 Medley Relay: Crown Point, 1:43.81.
200 Freestyle: Hannah Kukurugya, 9, Crown Point, 1:48.80.
200 Individual Medley: Aly Tetzloff, 11, Crown Point, 2:02.10.
50 Freestyle: Amy Bilquist, 11, Carmel, 22.80.
One Meter Diving: Sarah Bacon, 11, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, 522.30.
100 Butterfly: Aly Tetzloff, 11, Crown Point, 54.26.
100 Freestyle: Amy Bilquist, 11, Carmel, 50.18.
500 Freestyle: Abbegayle Schneider, 11, Fishers, 4:52.12.
200 Freestyle Relay: Carmel, 1:35.93.
100 Backstroke: Breanna Robinson, 11, Wawasee, 54.65.
100 Breaststroke: Lillia King, 11, Evansville Reitz, 1:00.80.
400 Freestyle Relay: Crown Point, 3:24.39.

State Championship Record Streaks 
Longest streaks of consecutive state championships, all sports, all states
29: Honolulu Punahou, Hawaii, boys swimming, 1958-86.
27: Carmel, Ind., girls swimming, 1986-2013.*
27: Pickford, Mich., boys track and field, 1952-78.
26: Bolles, Jacksonville, Fla. boys swimming, 1988-2013.*
26: Woonsocket Mt. St. Charles Academy, R.I., boys hockey, 1978-2003.
25: Paulsboro, NJ, wrestling, 1983-2007.
25: St. Xavier, Louisville, Ky., boys swimming, 1989-2013.*
24: Bishop Hendricken, Warwick RI, boys swimming, 1990-2013.*
24: Tacoma Wilson, Wash., boys swimming, 1960-83. 
*Active streak.
(Source: National Federation of State High School Associations)

Defending State Champions in Field (Individual Events)
200 Freestyle: Claire Adams, 10, Carmel.
200 Individual Medley: Bethany Galat, 12, Penn (2012, 2013 state champion).
50 Freestyle: Alex Cleveland, 12, Zionsville.
One Meter Diving: Sarah Bacon, 11, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.
100 Backstroke: Claire Adams, 10, Carmel.
100 Breaststroke: Bethany Galat, 12, Penn.

Other Former State Champions in Field (Individual Events)

Career State Championships by an Individual (Individual and Relay Events)
14: Emily Ayers, Carmel, 1992-95.
11: Lindsay Benko, Elkhart Central, 1991-94.
11: Lacey Locke, Carmel, 2010-13.
10: Allison Bock, Lafayette Jefferson, 1987-90.
10: Debbie Daniel, Anderson, 1981-84.
10: Katie Simmons, Carmel, 1997-2000.
9: Sherry Cartwright, Ben Davis/Harrison (West Lafayette), 1978-81.
9: Susan Hentschel, North Central (Indianapolis), 2000-03.
9: Trish Regan, Carmel, 2008-10.
8: Taylor Baughman, Carmel, 2002-05.
8: Lindsay Carlberg, Carmel, 1995-98.
8: Ginger Faerber, Carmel, 1986-89.
8: Linda Grondziak, Ben Davis, 1977-80.
8: Heidi Hendricks, Logansport, 1984-87.
8: Michelle McKeehan, Center Grove, 2005-08.
8: Leah Retrum, Columbus North, 2000-03.
8: Tricia Tyner, Carmel, 1987-90.

State Championships Won by This Year’s Participants (Individual and Relay Events)
4: Claire Adams, 10, Carmel.
4: Veronica Burchill, 10, Carmel.
4: Hanna House, 12, Carmel.
3: Bethany Galat, 12, Penn.
1: Sarah Bacon, 11, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.
1: Alex Clarke, 11, Carmel.
2: Alex Cleveland, 12, Zionsville.

Media Information

Media Host: IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille will be on hand to assist in your coverage of the state meet.

Media Credentials: Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 4 pm ET. The 2013-14 IHSAA State Finals Media Credential issued previously this year is good for admission. For those outlets without credentials and planning to cover the girls swimming and diving state finals, please apply by e-mailing your request (with name of individual applying) to IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille at jwille@ihsaa.org. E-mail requests MUST originate from a recognized business account; e-mails from personal accounts (ie: yahoo.com, aol.com, etc.) will not be accepted. Approved requests may be claimed at the media will-call table at the concourse level of the IU Natatorium. Please have proper identification available.

Media Work Area: Working space will be available to writers and photographers in the west bleachers of the Natatorium. Results from each event will be distributed and also posted to the IHSAA.org website as the meet progresses both days. Writers and photographers also will have access to the pool deck.

Wireless Internet: The Natatorium is equipped with complimentary wifi through AT&T to those needing wireless access.

Off Limits: For safety and liability reasons, members of the media are not permitted on the moveable bulkheads that separate the pools or on any of the diving platforms. Also, due to congestion in the immediate area of the starting blocks with timers and judges, we ask that writers and photographers steer clear of that area as well. Editors and sports directors -- please share this information with those who are covering the event and might not necessarily have access to this release. Thank you for your cooperation.

Results: Results will be posted to the IHSAA.org website and tweeted at @IHSAA1 shortly after each event both days. Heat sheets for Saturday will be posted following completion of Friday’s events and complete results for both days will be available at the conclusion of Saturday’s festivities.




Martinsville Swimming Official to be Recognized
Barbara Chambers of Martinsville is the recipient of the 2014 Interscholastic Athletic Official Award for excellence in the sport of swimming.

Chambers will be honored with a special ceremony during Saturday’s girls swimming and diving state finals in Indianapolis.

Each year, the Indiana High School Athletic Association, in cooperation with the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association, recognizes and honors an outstanding official in each of 11 sports during the school year.

Barbara has been a licensed IHSAA official for 19 years, and has also been licensed with USA Swimming for 27 years. During her time with the IHSAA, she has worked 19 sectionals, 15 regionals, and 19 state finals. She is also a USA Swimming educator for officials, as well as an IHSAA clinician of 10 years.

She was selected for this honor by a committee representing the official’s associations. In Indiana there are 26 associations made up of men and women who give up much of their personal time to assist in providing wholesome, worthwhile, and healthy activities for the student athletes in our state. Statewide, there are more than 8,000 officials licensed by the IHSAA in 11 sports.

Barbara is a graduate of Washington High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and currently works as an Administrative Assistant at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. She is married to her husband of 43 years, Greg, and has three children: Thomas (37), Daniel (32), and Andrew (30).




State Wrestling Berths on the Line Saturday
The 76th Annual Individual Wrestling State Tournament reaches the semi-state level this Saturday, Feb. 15, at four sites. The top four finishers in each weight class will earn a spot in the state championship brackets that run Feb. 21-22 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Results from Saturday’s semi-states will be available at TrackWrestling.com as they progress and later posted at IHSAA.org. Brackets for the state finals will be available Sunday afternoon.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
Admission: $7 (Final session only); $10 (Season ticket). 
Advancement: The top four place winners in each weight class advance to the state finals.
Match Results: TrackWrestling.com

1.    Merrillville | 8:30 am CT
Feeder Regionals: Calumet, Crown Point, Logansport, Rochester.
2.    Fort Wayne Snider (at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum) | 8:30 am ET
Feeder Regionals: Carroll (Fort Wayne), Goshen, Jay County, Peru.
3.    New Castle | 9 am ET
Feeder Regionals: North Montgomery, Pendleton Heights, Perry Meridian, Richmond.
4.    Evansville Reitz (at Ford Center) | 9 am CT
Feeder Regionals: Bloomington South, Castle, Jeffersonville, Mooresville.


State Finals
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | Website
Admission: $8 per session or $20 both days.
Match Results: TrackWrestling.com

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
First Round | 6 pm ET.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Quarterfinals | 9:30 am ET with semifinals to follow.
Consolations | 5 pm ET.
Finals | 7:30 pm ET.

Media Credentials: Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 20, at 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT. Please note that the 2013-14 IHSAA State Finals Media Credential issued previously this year will NOT allow admission to this event as a specific credential is required – no exceptions. Legitimate working news media should apply for credentials by e-mailing (with name of individual applying) IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille at jwille@ihsaa.org. E-mail requests MUST originate from a recognized business account; e-mails from personal accounts (ie: gmail.com, yahoo.com, aol.com, etc.) will not be accepted. Approved requests will be left to claim by the individual at media will-call at Bankers Life Fieldhouse beginning at 3 pm ET / 2 pm CT on Friday. Identification is necessary to pick up credentials.




IHSAA Spring Principals Meeting Schedule Announced
The Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. will conduct Area Principal Meetings during April to discuss proposed changes in the IHSAA By-Laws. IHSAA staff personnel and members of the Board of Directors will be present at each meeting. While the focus of these meetings will be on by-laws proposals, any item the membership would like to discuss may be raised during these sessions.  The purpose of these sessions is to inform and seek reactions from you, the membership.  Principals and athletic directors are heartily encouraged to attend.  The date, site, and time of these meetings are outlined below:

Day & Date District Location Local Time
Wed, April 16, 2014 I Fort Wayne Snider HS 10 am ET
Tues., April 22, 2014 III Vincennes Lincoln HS 10 am ET
Wed., April 23, 2014 II Plainfield HS 10 am ET
Tues., April 29, 2014 III Jennings County HS 10 am ET
Wed., April 30, 2014 II Pendleton Heights H.S. 9:30 am ET
Thurs, May 1, 2014 I Merrillville H.S. 9:30 am CT




About the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. (IHSAA)
Founded in 1903, the purpose of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. (IHSAA) is to encourage, regulate and give direction to wholesome amateur interschool athletic competition between its 412 member schools. The Association provides state championship tournament series in 20 sports, 10 for girls and 10 for boys. Approximately 160,000 student athletes participate in IHSAA sports on an annual basis.

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