Carmel swim star Claire Adams commits to Texas

Carmel swim star Claire Adams commits to Texas

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Carmel swim star Claire Adams commits to Texas

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FILE-- Claire Adams celebrates after winning in the women's 100-meter backstroke final during the Phillips 66 National Championships at Northside Swim Center.

FILE– Claire Adams celebrates after winning in the women’s 100-meter backstroke final during the Phillips 66 National Championships at Northside Swim Center.

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.

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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).

Call Star reporter David Woods at (317) 444-6195. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidWoods007.

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