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.
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.
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