After a two-year wait, Anne Vormohr got back into the top five. The Jay County swimmer finished fifth in the 100 backstroke at the IHSAA state finals Saturday at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.
A junior, Vormohr swam a time of 55.79 on Saturday to produce her fifth-place mark. Vormohr had never crossed the 56-second threshold prior to Saturday. Her personal best had stood at 56.10.
“At the beginning of the year, I wrote out certain goals I wanted to achieve later in the year,” Vormohr said. “And one of them was to place in the top five at state. And then the other one was to break the 56 (second) mark. So, to meet those goals was just amazing, awesome.”
Vormohr also finished fifth in the 100 backstroke at state her freshman year. She qualified for state in the event again as a sophomore, but advanced to the consolation finals after preliminaries and finished 11th.
Vormohr, the only swimmer from East Central Indiana to qualify for a championship final, also competed in the consolation finals of three other events on Saturday. She finished 11th in the 50 freestyle, swimming a time of 24.27. She partnered with Alex Bader, Sophie Bader and Katy Smeltzer to finish in a tie for ninth in the 200 medley relay (1:48.17). Those four Patriots also finished 15th in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:39.08.
Jay County finished 15th in the overall team standings with 47 points.
“I felt as a relay team we did extremely well,” Vormohr said. “We’ve never come back yet for the finals, so that was awesome. And then we were 15th as a team, out of 42 teams or so, which, that’s incredible.”
Alex Bader finished 11th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.07. Her older sister, Sophie Bader, finished 16th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.43.
Carmel cruised to its 29th consecutive state championship. The Greyhounds finished with 445 team points, well ahead of second-place Fishers at 179. The 29th state championship in a row matches a national record set by the boys swim team at Punahou High School (Hawaii) in winning state championships from 1958-86.