Carmel’s Amy Bilquist back in the pool, posting personal bests

Carmel’s Amy Bilquist back in the pool, posting personal bests

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Carmel’s Amy Bilquist back in the pool, posting personal bests

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Carmel's Amy Bilquist cools down in the pool after winning the 100 Yard Freestyle event at 41st Annual IHSAA Girl's Swimming and Diving State Finals, Feb. 14, 2015, at IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Carmel’s Amy Bilquist cools down in the pool after winning the 100 Yard Freestyle event at 41st Annual IHSAA Girl’s Swimming and Diving State Finals, Feb. 14, 2015, at IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Amy Bilquist is back.

Because of stress fractures diagnosed in her legs, the Carmel swimmer hadn’t raced since March but continued to train in the pool.

The 17-year-old turned to competition in the senior state championships at Bloomington, winning the 50-meter freestyle in 25.03 seconds Thursday night. It was a meet and Indiana association record (all age groups) and a personal best, bettering Bilquist’s 25.04 from last year’s Junior Pan Pacific meet, in which she won the gold medal.

She ranks No. 5 on USA Swimming’s all-time list in the 17-18 age group. The University of California-bound Olympic hopeful won’t race again until the national championships, set for Aug. 6-10 at San Antonio.

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Finishing second to Bilquist was Anya Goeders, 14, Lowell, in 25.54. That time set a state 13-14 record and is No. 3 on the all-time U.S. list in that age group. The record, 25.23, was set by four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin in 2009.

Hunter Hoffman, a former Indiana University and Yorktown High School swimmer, won the men’s 50 freestyle in 22.76. Zionsville’s Kyle DeCoursey was fifth in 23.28 — .01 under the time needed to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

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

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