Carmel High School’s girls swimming team surpassed coach Chris Plumb’s typically high expectations.
“It was a phenomenal group performance,” Plumb said. “This group came so far. I could not have expected this after last year’s meet. I did not envision us swimming this well. It’s a great surprise and tribute to the girls and the coaching staff.”
The Greyhounds captured their 32nd consecutive IHSAA Girls Swimming and Diving team state title Feb. 10 at the IU Natatorium at IUPUI with 363 points, well ahead of second-place Northridge’s 215.
“If you had told me 363 points last year, I would have said you’re crazy,” Plumb said.
A hot start set the tone.
“It was great to start the meet off with three straight wins and some really phenomenal performances,” Plumb said. “We started off winning five of seven (events). We knew we were going to be front-loaded.”
The Greyhounds started off winning the 200-yard medley relay, followed by junior Kelly Pash winning the 200 freestyle and senior Trude Rothrock capturing the 200 individual medley.
Rothrock then won the 100 butterfly and Pash won the 100 freestyle.
In the final event, Rothrock and Pash joined junior Grace Pangburn and Ashlyn Underhill on the winning 400 freestyle relay.
“We knew we wanted to start strong and finish strong,” Plumb said. “It was a great swim by those girls to close out the meet.”
Pash, Rothrock, Pangburn and senior Grace Estabrook were on the winning 200 medley relay.
Rothrock’s four state championship medals boosted her career total to 10.
“Words can’t really describe the journey I’ve gone through all four years,” said Rothrock, who will swim for the University of Tennessee next season. “I can’t even express how grateful I am to my team and coaches to getting me here. I’m so glad I got to end on this note. I feel like the team has really come together a lot more this year. I think our unity has really been shown, especially in this meet.”
Plumb said it was a great group to coach.
“They were greater than the sum of their parts,” Plumb said.