Indiana High School Athletic Association
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Blake Ress, Commissioner
ADVISORY February 14, 2004
CARMEL GIRLS REEL IN 18TH CONSECUTIVE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Carmel High School wrote its latest chapter in the
girls swimming and diving history book capturing another IHSAA state
championship, its 18th consecutive in the sport at the Indiana
University Natatorium at IUPUI in Indianapolis.
first-year coach Tom Burchill, the Greyhounds were
buoyed by six victories in the 12 events, including three of the first four.
All together, four individuals and two Carmel relays won titles. The amazing
string of state championships for the school is the longest in any sport in
Carmel scored 316.5 points for first place
and outdistanced runner-up North Central (Indpls.)
with 194 points. It was the fifth consecutive year, the two schools finished
one-two. Munster finished third with 177, followed by Yorktown and Lake Central with 174 and 150.5 points,
the meet, Carmel won its third straight opening relay event and 14th
in the last 15 years as Megan Sparks, Erin Sparks, Alyssa Rosinko
and Taylor Baughman teamed to clock a 1:46.05 in the 200 Medley Relay.
Sparks, a senior, had a banner day for the
Greyhounds winning four medals. In addition to that relay, she also anchored
the winning 400 Freestyle Relay, won the 200 Individual Medley
and repeated as champion in the 100 Breaststroke. She topped her day receiving
the coveted Mental Attitude Award in Girls Swimming and Diving (More on that
Taylor Baughman won both freestyle sprints winning the 50 freestyle in :23.15 and the 100 free in :50.33 to account for the
other Carmel victories. She also swam the third leg on the 400 Freestyle
Junior Aubrette Biegel of Lake Central took home honors in the 200
Freestyle touching in 1:50.95 and was also the anchor leg of
the Indians’ 200 Freestyle Relay team that won the blue ribbon medal in 1:36.84.
frosh Christy Grcevich outkicked
the competition to win the 100 Butterfly in :56.57.
Senior Jenae Gill became the first swimmer from Southridge High School – boys or girls – to win a state
championship medal. Gill covered the course for the 100 Backstroke in :56.52.
Broad Ripple sophomore Brittany Feldman became the first girl from an Indianapolis Public School to win the one meter diving
competition accumulating 431 points over her 11 dives. Interestingly, that
gives IPS the last two diving state champions as senior Cory Cole of
Indianapolis Arsenal Technical captured the boys
competition nearly a year ago.
Christine Shehorn of North Central (Indpls.) proved to be the best distance swimmer this year
winning the 500 Freestyle in 4:54.90.
Top 10 Teams
1. Carmel 316.50
2. North Central (Indpls.) 194
3. Munster 177
4. Yorktown 174
5. Lake Central 150.5
6. Hamilton Southeastern 123
7. Chesterton 120
8. Fort Wayne Snider 118
9. Homestead 84
10. Southridge 70
200 Medley Relay – Carmel (Megan Sparks, Erin Sparks, Alyssa Rosinko
and Taylor Baughman) 1:46.05.
200 Freestyle – Aubrette Biegel,
Lake Central, 1:50.95.
200 Individual Medley – Erin Sparks, Carmel, 2:02.41.
50 Freestyle –
Taylor Baughman, Carmel, :23.15.
One Meter Diving – Brittany Feldman, Indianapolis Broad Ripple, 431.00 points.
100 Butterfly – Christy Grcevich, Chesterton, :56.57.
100 Freestyle – Taylor Baughman, Carmel, :50.33.
500 Freestyle – Christine Shehorn, North Central (Indpls.), 4:54.90.
200 Freestyle Relay – Lake Central (Stephanie Moon, Liz Nagdeman, Jen Wright, Aubrette Biegel), 1:36.84.
100 Backstroke – Jenae Gill, Southridge, :56.52.
100 Breaststroke – Erin Sparks, Carmel, 1:03.85.
400 Freestyle Relay – Carmel (Alexandra Young, Meredith Moore,
Taylor Baughman, Erin Sparks), 3:28.63.
Carmel’s Erin Sparks Named Mental Attitude Award Winner
the meet, Erin Sparks of Carmel High School was selected winner of the Mental
Attitude Award in Girls Swimming & Diving by the IHSAA’s
Sparks becomes the third Carmel female to win the award following
Ginger Faerber in 1989 and Emily Ayers in 1996.
pool, Sparks won seven state championship medals during her career,
including four this year, and helped the Greyhounds to the team title all four
years. She was part of four champion relay teams (200 Medley Relay in 2003 and
2004; 400 Freestyle Relay in 2002 and 2004) and three individual events (100 Breaststroke
in 2003 and 2004; 200 IM in 2004).
She is a
three-time High School All-American, an Academic All-Conference selection and a
Carmel High School Scholar-Athlete with a 3.5 GPA. She will attend the University of Alabama on an athletic scholarship and
plans to major in History.
She is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Sparks of Carmel.
Insurance, the IHSAA’s proud corporate partner,
presented Carmel High School with a $1,000 scholarship in the
name of Sparks that goes to the school’s general scholarship fund.
New IHSAA Book, Play
On, Recaps 100 Years Of High School Sports in Indiana
exciting new book, Play On, celebrating 100 years of
high school sports in Indiana, is perfect for that sports
fan or the history buff you know. Filled with 150 pages of engaging
photographs, captivating stories and a walk down memory lane, it’s now on sale
through the Indiana High School Athletic Association. It’s not available in
book stores, so contact the IHSAA at 317-846-6601 or click on the link above to
learn more about this special tribute to 100 years of Indiana high school athletics.
Team Posters And Individual Action Photographs Available
Visit 20-20 Photographic, the IHSAA’s photographer and the Midwest’s Leader in Sports Action
Photography, for images captured during Saturday’s state championship meet!
Action photos, individual medalist photos as well as 20-20’s Ultimate Sports
Poster will be available for purchase later in the week following the state
IHSAA State Championship Merchandise
t-shirts and other merchandise commemorating this year’s tournament or for any
of our events, visit our friends at Morris, Inc.
State Finals Programs
there for the state championship meet? To commemorate the event, you can still
purchase a copy of the official state finals program while supplies last!
Programs are $3.00 if you purchase in person at the IHSAA Office (9150 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis) or $5.00 by mail (postage
included). To order, send a check for $5.00 made payable to the IHSAA, a note
including your return address and brief description of your request and mail
to: IHSAA Programs, PO Box 40650, Indianapolis, IN 46240-0650. Sorry, no credit cards.