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Carmel had the high school boys and girls swimming teams of the decade. Next goal: Putting the first Carmel swimmer on a U.S. Olympic team.

“There’s plenty of opportunity there,” coach Chris Plumb said. “We probably have more top-eight and top-16 seeds than we’ve ever had before. And that’s all you can do. You just keep more people up there.”

The global pandemic postponed the Tokyo Olympics from 2020 to 2021, so the quest was delayed.

Among women, Carmel candidates for Team USA include Amy Bilquist, Veronica Burchill, Emma Nordin and Kelly Pash. Men aiming at Tokyo are Drew Kibler, Jake Mitchell and Wyatt Davis.

During the college season, Kibler (Texas) was a favorite