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Swim Teams Repeat as County and Conference Champions

The Franklin Community Swimming and Diving team kept things warm on Thursday, a cold December night, against the Mid-State Conference foe Martinsville. With the focus on preparing for the Johnson County Meet, the Grizzly Cubs had some stellar swims on their way to sweeping a pair of wins. The Lady Grizzly Cubs won 11 of the 12 events to mark a 128-58 win. The Men’s team 

swept the 12 events, resulting in a 127-49 win.

Coach DeWitt was ecstatic with some of the individual performances:

“It was our intention to prepare the team line-up for the county meet, so the athletes were placed in some hotly contested events for relay spots. We had athletes across the board step up and swim fast in a mid-season dual meet, which can be difficult at times. Kudos to the athletes for continuing to commit to swimming fast regardless of the circumstances.”

Swimming in their off-events, the Grizzly Cubs had a few notable performances. Two of the big races came from Aaron Lamm, who was a double winner on the night, taking the 100 yard and 200 yard freestyles (22.82 and 49.48 respectively). His great swims solidified him on the County 400 Freestyle Relay team, a big achievement for the senior leader.

Another notable performance came from new swimmer, W

yatt Taylor, who swam in just his 2nd varsity race. He swam to a 1:16.89 in the 100 Breaststroke, good enough for 3rd place.
Carla Gildersleeve, swimming just one individual event on the night, broke the school record in the 200IM, with a time of 2:06.47.

County Report from the Daily Journal

“Underclassmen dominated the stat sheet for Franklin’s boys and girls swimming teams at Saturday’s Johnson County meet, but Grizzly Cubs coach Zach DeWitt credited intangibles for their team performance.

Franklin won both meets Saturday at Indian Creek convincingly. The boys topped Center Grove, 480.5 to 392.5. Whiteland was third with 360 points, followed by Greenwood (280) and the host Braves (269). The Cubs claimed their third straight county title.

On the girls side, Franklin repeated as champs in dominating fashion, outscoring second-place Center Grove, 538-388. Whiteland 
took third place with 339, followed by Indian Creek (307) and Greenwood (252).

Franklin’s girls and boys teams each won nine of 12 events, and sophomores or juniors claimed all of their individual titles. Two Cubs seniors (Abi Gibson and Aaron Lamm) swam on first-place relay teams.

Despite all that, DeWitt credited the teams’ encouraging, cheerleading style in part for both squads’ success, singling out senior Gabby Hoffman as one of the catalysts.

“We’re very good at creating a positive atmosphere,” said Hoffman, who took third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 individual medley. “We talk about making moments every day at practice, and we cheer each other on. I’ve never felt so much positivity on a team.”

The Cubs’ underclassmen did their part to keep everyone positive. Sophomores Carla Gildersleeve and Ali Terrell dominated the girls’ meet for Franklin, along with classmates Scarlet Friend and Jessie Fraley.

Gildersleeve won the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.35) and 100 butterfly (57.10 seconds) while swimming on first-place 200 and 400 free relays. Terrell claimed victory in the 200 individual medley (2:08.59, a meet record) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.20), and swam on the winning 200 medley relay.

Friend won the 50 freestyle (24.85 seconds) and swam on winning 200 medley and 200 free relays, while Fraley took the 500 free 
(5:13.98) and swam on both free relays.

“It was our expectation to set an atmosphere of greatness,” DeWitt said. “The swims are starting to reflect that. This was our most complete meet to this point.”

Indian Creek’s Alexis Wilhoit and Center Grove’s Sarah Kempf prevented a Franklin sweep of the individual events. Wilhoit won the 100 freestyle (54.13 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (57.90), while Kempf took the diving competition (385.85 points).

On the boys’ side, Franklin sophomore Jacob Destrampe had a hand in four meet records. He set new marks while winning the 200 and 500 freestyle events (1:42.34 and 4:39.34, respectively), and he swam on the Cubs’ 200 medley and 400 free relays, which also set meet records (1:37.05 and 3:13.84).

Another Cubs sophomore, Griffin Edwards, set a meet record while winning the 200 IM (2:00.12), and he also swam on the record-setting 200 medley and 400 free relays. Sophomore Max Kramer won the 50 free (22.29 seconds) and swam on the same winning 

Franklin junior Michael Couet won the 100 breaststroke (58.98 seconds) and swam on the 200 free relay, while sophomore Gauge Creech won diving with a 378.55 score.

The Cubs’ Brock Lock, a junior who swam on the winning 200 free relay, echoed Hoffman’s sentiments about the team atmosphere.

“We’ve created a good team environment,” he said. “Coach (DeWitt) says you won’t always feel your best when you race, but you can swim fast no matter what if you’re encouraging each other.”

Indian Creek’s Tucker Brock and Nolan Reed claimed the remaining county titles. Brock won the 100 butterfly (52.68 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (49.72 seconds), while Reed took the 100 backstroke in 54.31 seconds.”

2016 Franklin Community Girls County Champions

200 Medley Relay – 1:48.31 Friend, Scarlet 10, Terrell, Ali 10 McCahill, Anna 11, Pheifer, Ella 11
200 Freestyle – 1:54.35  Carla Gildersleeve, 10
200 Individual Medley – 2:08.59*  Ali Terrell, 10
50 Freestyle – 24.85 Scarlet Friend, 10
100 Butterfly – 57.00 Carla Gildersleeve, 10
500 Freestyle – 5:13.98  Jessie Fraley, 10
200 Freestyle Relay – 1:40.09  Friend, Scarlet 10, Gildersleeve, Carla 10 Gibson, Abi 12, Fraley, Jessie 10
100 Breaststroke – 1:07.20  Ali Terrell, 10
400 Freestyle Relay – 3:39.74*  Gildersleeve, Carla 10, Pheifer, Ella 11
McCahill, Anna 11, Fraley, Jessie 10
* denotes Johnson County Record

2016 Franklin Community Boys County Champions*

200 Medley Relay – 1:37.05* Edwards, Griffin 10, Couet, Michael 11, Kramer, Max 9, Destrampe, Jacob 10
200 Freestyle – 1:42.34* Jacob Destrampe, 10
200 Individual Medley – 2:00.12 Griffin Edwards, 10
50 Freestyle – 22.29 Max Kramer, 9
11 Dives Gauge Creech, 10
500 Freestyle – 4:39.34* Jacob Destrampe, 10
200 Freestyle Relay – 1:30.96  Aaron Lamm 12, Shane O’Sullivan 10, Brock Lock, 11, Michael Couet 11
100 Breaststroke – 58.98**  Michael Couet, 11
400 Freestyle Relay – 3:13.84*  Max Kramer 9, Griffin Edwards 10, Aaron Lamm 12, Jacob Destrampe 10
* denotes Johnson County Record
***denotes FCHS record*

Before the new year began, the Grizzly Cubs travelled to another highly competitive meet at North Central High School.  The Grizzly Cub boys finished 4th behind 3 top 10 teams, #2 Chesterton, #6 Fishers,and #9 Fort Wayne Carroll while the girls also finished 3rd behind No. 4  Fishers and No. 3 Chesterton.  Jacob Destrampe won the 200 and 500 Free while the 400 Freestyle Relay also took first place for the boys team.  For the girls team, Carla Gildersleeve and Ali Terrell both won two events each for the Lady Cubs!  Gildersleeve touched first in the 200 Free and 100 Fly, while Terrell out touched the field in the 200 IM and 100 Breast.  

Finally, the Grizzly Cubs faced off with the Mid-State Conference in the two-day Conference Meet at Decatur Central High School.  The Grizzly Cubs won 21 of 24 events on their way to dominating victories in both the boys and girls events.  The teams also set or tied 8 conference records over the two day events.  

Full Mid-State Conference results at Decatur Central

Boys Team scores: Franklin 475, Whiteland 387, Plainfield 354, Decatur Central 255.5, Greenwood 221.5, Mooresville 203, Martinsville 140.

Event winners

200 medley relay: Franklin (Griffin Edwards, Michael Couet, Max Kramer, Jacob Destrampe), 1:36.95*. 200 freestyle: Jacob Destrampe (F), 1:43.76. 200 IM: Griffin Edwards (F), 1:58.74. 50 freestyle: Max Kramer (F), 21.96. 1-meter diving: Ashton Johnson (Mo), 434.15 points. 100 butterfly: Max Wiser (P) 52.91. 100 freestyle: Brock Lock (F) 49.63. 500 freestyle: Jacob Destrampe (F) 4:37.66*. 200 free relay: Franklin (Brock Lock, Michael Couet, Aaron Lamm, Max Kramer) 1:29.17. 100 backstroke: Griffin Edwards (F) 54.54. 100 breaststroke: Michael Couet (F) 58.89. 400 free relay: Franklin (Jacob Destrampe, Aaron Lamm, Griffin Edwards, Brock Lock) 3:16.36*.

*New conference record

Girls Team scores: Franklin 565, Whiteland 375, Plainfield 358, Greenwood 226, Mooresville 211, Martinsville 198, Decatur Central 101.

Event winners

200 medley relay: Franklin (Scarlet Friend, Ali Terrell, Anna McCahill, Ella Pheifer), 1:48.31*. 200 freestyle: Carla Gildersleeve (F), 1:54.69. 200 IM: Ali Terrell (F), 2:09.40*. 50 freestyle: Ella Pheifer (F), 24.97. 1-meter diving: Kristina Zick (P), 417.75 points. 100 butterfly: Gildersleeve (F) 56.76. 100 freestyle: Ella Pheifer (F) 54.48. 500 freestyle: Jessie Fraley (F) 5:10.91. 200 free relay: Franklin (Scarlet Friend, Ali Terrell, Abi Gibson, Carla Gildersleeve) 1:38.95*. 100 backstroke: Scarlet Friend (F) 58.90**. 100 breaststroke: Ali Terrell (F) 1:06.30*. 400 free relay: Franklin (Carla Gildersleeve, Abi Gibson, Jessie Fraley, Ella Pheifer) 3:37.22.*

*New conference record

** Tied conference record