Coach: Bond in, out of water helps lead Carmel boys swim team to 5th consecutive state title


The tight bond between athletes on the Carmel High School boys swim team helped them lap the field again.

“The strength in the water was a reflection of their strength out of the pool as well,” CHS Coach Chris Plumb said. “It’s a great team to be around, and the way they pull for each other and swim for each other is tremendous.”

The Greyhounds won the state high school boys swimming team title Feb. 23 for the fifth consecutive year with 353.5 points, easily outdistancing second-place Franklin’s total of 178 at the IU Natatorium at IUPUI.

“We started out super strong and we got three out of five (state) records at the end,” Plumb said. “It was a fabulous performance for the boys. They swam lights out beginning to end. They were willing to become vulnerable to make each other better and you don’t often see that with high school athletes. They bought into the program and they bought into each other.”

Junior Wyatt Davis, who has committed to Michigan, won two individual events and was on two winning relays.

“This entire season the guys have been preparing for this moment because we all are super tight as a team,” Davis said.

Davis won his third consecutive 100-yard backstroke in a record time of 46.66 seconds.

“I’ve had my eye on that record since last year, so I’m really glad I got it,” Davis said. “The key was the underwater (times) that I had. I’ve reached a maximum I made off each time.”

In addition, Davis captured the 200 individual medley for the second consecutive year.

Junior Jacob Mitchell won the 500 freestyle in a state record (4:16.72), the fourth-fastest high school time ever.

“I was hitting my pace in warmup, so I knew it would be a good race. Once I got in the water, I felt good so I decided to see how fast I could get,” said Mitchell, who earlier had won the 200 freestyle as well.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Mitchell, Augustus Rothrock, Griffin Hadley and Davis won in a state record 2:58.75. CHS also captured the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Davis and Mitchell have both made verbal commitments to swim for Michigan in the 2020-21 season.

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