By SchoolSports, Special to SI.com
Twenty straight state championships: It's the longest streak in Indiana state history and the longest active high school streak in the country. It belongs to Carmel (Carmel, Ind.) High, and it doesn't look like it will be ending anytime soon.
"There's more pressure on the kids," says coach Tom Burchill. "There's a great expectation that many others will never experience. It's an extra factor to perform."
The Lady Greyhounds won No. 20 at the state meet on Feb. 11, not because the team racked up the gold medals -- the Lady Greyhounds took only one first-place finish, in the 200 medley relay -- but because they were so versatile and consistent. The team qualified 13 swimmers to state and placed one in the top eight in each of the 11 swimming finals.
Junior Megan Sparks led the way, placing second in the 100 back, sixth in the 200 free and first with the 200 medley relay team. Sophomore Emy DiBenigno joined Sparks on the relay, placed third in the 200 IM and seventh in the 100 breaststroke.
Sophomore Sam Partridge (third in the 500 free), junior Alex Young (fourth in the 100 fly, fifth in the 500 free), senior Alyssa Rosinko (seventh in the 50 free), junior Katie McRoberts (eighth in the 100 free) and freshman Jessie Hammes (fourth in the 100 back) turned in the top individual performances. Hammes and Rosinko also joined Sparks and DiBenigno on the first-place relay team. Freshman Logan Mason swam on the 200 and 400 free relay teams.
The other Lady Greyhounds swimmers who participated in the state meet were senior Meag Fisher, junior Ineke Stegger and freshmen Megan Detro, Libby Weinkauf and Amanda Lukovich.
With Rosinko and Fisher as the only two state swimmers graduating, No. 21 doesn't seem to be far away.