Claire Adams, a Carmel High School senior, announced she has made an oral commitment to attend the University of Texas on a swimming scholarship.
Adams, a contender to make the U.S. team for the 2016 Rio Olympics, is coming off a summer in which she won national championships in the 100- and 200-meter backstrokes and a silver medal at the World Junior Championships.
She ranks ninth in the world this year in the 100 backstroke, setting a world junior (18-and-under) record of 59.58 seconds. The only two Americans faster are Natalie Coughlin (59.04) and Missy Franklin (59.40), both Olympic gold medalists in that event.
Adams was born in Houston, and her family moved to Indiana when she was 9. She also considered Texas A&M and Virginia.
She is the third state champion from Carmel’s 2015 state-title-winning team to select a major college swim power. Amy Bilquist is a freshman at California, and Veronica Burchill has committed to Georgia.
Carmel has won 29 consecutive state championships in girls swimming. With another in February, the Greyhounds would set an all-time national record for all sports. The record is held by the Honolulu Punahou boys swim team (1958-86).
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