#2 Lady Grizzly Cubs sweep Sectional, 4th in a row!
After a breakout season in the2018 campaign, the three-time Sectional Champion Grizzly Cub ladies defended their trophy with great success, winning all 11 swimming events en route to a 513-349 victory over 2nd place Center Grove. Franklin’s title marks the fourth sectional title in as many years, the 7th title in school history.
There was a large group of swimmers contributing to the success of another hallmark day, beginning with a 200 Medley Relay crew of Scarlet Friend (12), Kabria Chapman (10), Ali Terrell (12), and Ava Ray (9) dominate the field with a blistering time of 1:46.34. From that event on, the Lady Grizzly Cubs would out-pace the field, winning all races on the afternoon.
Carla Gildersleeve (12), Sarah Hoffman (11), and Gracey Payne (10) were all double-winners on the day. All three had bigger goals in mind, with the 2019 IHSAA State Championships next weekend, but managed to win their respective events handedly. Gildersleeve, a Senior, won the 200 IM and 100 Butterfly, while the junior, Sarah Hoffman took the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle. Gracey Payne, an underclassmen, defended her 100 Freestyle title from a year ago, while also picking up a win in the 50 Freestyle.
Sophomore Kabria Chapman, electing to swim without a “racing suit,” cruised to the 100 Breaststroke title, despite a tough group of competitors. Scarlet Friend, a Senior, won the most competitive event of the day, 100 Backstroke, nearly breaking a pool record in the process.
The day wasn’t just highlighted by the few winning swims as Franklin had already placed all their athletes within the top-8 “A Final” heat. There were four of the eight individual events, where Franklin also took second. Freshman Alea Hensley was the first a slew of runner-up finishes , as she swam to a 3-second drop in the 200 Free. Ali Terrell would grab a pair of silver finishes, herself, finishing 2nd in the 200 IM, 100 Butterfly. Scarlet Friend, finished 2nd , with a time quick enough to get her invited to the State meete. Lastly, Lucy Ho, grabbed a 2nd place finish in the 100 Freestyle.
Franklin looks to take that poise and focus to the 2019 IHSAA State Championships beginning this Friday at 6pm at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. The Grizzly Cubs boast the 2nd most swims in the state (17) behind Carmel High School (27).
The state qualifying swims are as follows:
• 200 Medley Relay
• 200 Free Relay
• 400 Free Relay
• 200 Freestyle: Sarah Hoffman
• 200 Individual Medley: Carla Gildersleeve
• 50 Freestyle: Scarlet Friend, Gracey Payne
• 100 Butterfly: Carla Gildersleeve
• 100 Freestyle: Gracey Payne
• 500 Freestyle: Sarah Hoffman
• 100 Backstroke: Scarlet Friend
• 100 Breaststroke: Kabria Chapman
1 Franklin Community FRKL 513
2 Center Grove CGRV 349
3 Greenwood Community GWOD 274
4 Whiteland Community WLAN 241
5 Roncalli RONC 155.5
6 Mooresville MOOR 143
7 Southport SPOR 140.5
8 Perry Meridian PMER 124
9 Indian Creek INCR 116
10 Martinsville MART 72
11 Greenwood Christian Academy GCA 40