February 11, 2017

Two State Records Fall; Carmel Runs Away with 31st State Crown
A pair of state records went by the wayside and Carmel's girls swimming and diving team ran away from the field for its 31st state championship at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Carmel senior Sammie Burchill's time of 1:56.67 in the 200 Individual Medley toppled the nine-year old mark of 1:56.87 held by Center Grove's Michelle McKeehan since 2008. It was her second straight title in the event.

The other record effort was turned in by Yorktown sophomore Emily Weiss who repeated in the 100 Breaststroke in 59.37 bettering the 59.63 set two years ago by Evansville Reitz's Lilly King, who won two gold medals at last summer's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

It was the 31st straight IHSAA state championship for Carmel and coach Chris Plumb, who added to the program's national record of consecutive state championships in any sport. The Greyhounds totaled 386.5 points, followed by runner-up Chesterton with 189 points, its best finish in school history. Fishers was third with 151, Bloomington South was fourth at 143 and Penn rounded out the top five with 139 points.

Burchill was one of four individual championships claimed by Greyhound swimmers, two of which were won by senior Emma Nordin in the 200 freestyle (her second straight) and 500 freestyle (her third in a row). Junior Trude Rothrock won the 100 butterfly and sophomore Kelly Pash touched first in the 100 freestyle.

Carmel also swept the three relays for the fifth straight year.

A Hamilton Heights diver was hailed as state champion for the second time in three years as senior Ivy Houser totaled 535.80 points joining Brooke Schultz in 2015.

Bloomington South senior Grace Haskett took honors in the 100 Backstroke to become her school's third state champion and first since 1978.

Fishers' Lauryn Parrish wins Mental Attitude Award
Fishers High School senior Lauryn Parrish was recognized following the state championship meet by the IHSAA Executive Committee as this year’s winner of the Mental Attitude Award.

She qualified in the following events for the 2017 state finals, 200 yd. Freestyle, 100 yd. Freestyle, 200 yd. Freestyle Relay, and 400 yd. Freestyle Relay. Lauryn is an Olympic Trial Qualifier and in the three years, she has placed sixth or better in her respective events. She is also a 10-time All American Swimmer at Fishers High School.

Besides being a member of the swimming team, Parrish has a 3.4 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Athletic Council, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as well as several more.  She volunteers at the O’Malley Foundation; in which she teaches autistic young adults to swim for exercise. 

She is the daughter of Shawn and Aimee Parrish of Fishers and will attend the University of Kansas where she intends to study Business. Lauryn is the fourth Fishers student-athlete to earn an IHSAA mental attitude award and first in girls swimming and diving.

Each year the IHSAA Executive Committee selects a senior who was nominated by her principal and coach and was determined to have best demonstrated mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability. The Committee presented $1,000 to Fishers High School's general scholarship fund in the name of Lauryn Parrish.

The 43rd Annual IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals
Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, Indianapolis
February 10-11, 2017

Top 10 Teams
1. Carmel 386.5
2. Chesterton 189
3. Fishers 151
4. Bloomington South 143
5. Penn 139
6. Northridge 126
7. Carroll (Fort Wayne) 120
8. North Central 97
9. Hamilton Southeastern 93.5
10. Zionsville 87

State Champions

200 Medley Relay: Carmel (Sammie Burchill 12, Grace Estabrook 11, Trude Rothrock 11, Grace Pangburn 10) 1:41.23.
200 Freestyle: Emma Nordin, 12, Carmel, 1:47.08.
200 Individual Medley: Sammie Burchill, 12, Carmel, 1:56.67. State Record
50 Freestyle: Grace Haskett, 12, Bloomington South, 22.77.
One Meter Diving: Ivy Houser, 12, Hamilton Heights, 535.80.
100 Butterfly: 
Trude Rothrock, 11, Carmel, 52.97.
100 Freestyle: 
Kelly Pash, 10, Carmel, 49.41.
500 Freestyle: 
Emma Nordin, 12, Carmel, 4:45.32.
200 Freestyle Relay: 
Carmel (Grace Pangburn 10, Kelly Pash 10, Rachel Young 10, Emma Nordin 12) 1:33.01.
100 Backstroke: 
Grace Haskett, 12, Bloomington South, 53.38.
100 Breaststroke: 
Emily Weiss, 10, Yorktown, 59.37. State Record
400 Freestyle Relay: 
Carmel (Trude Rothrock 11, Kelly Pash 10, Emma Nordin 12, Sammie Burchill 12) 3:19.10.

State Records During Saturday's Championship Finals
200 Individual Medley: Sammie Burchill, 12, Carmel, 1:56.67.
100 Breaststroke: Emily Weiss, 10, Yorktown, 59.37.

State Records During Friday's Preliminaries