INDIANAPOLIS – As most coaches and athletes can attest, success at the highest level isn’t easy or convenient. Success is an elusive desire that doesn’t award itself to everyone, but can be had by anyone willing to put in the time.
For many years, Franklin Community Swimming & Diving has been on conquest to claim their place amongst Indiana’s elite programs. The dream came true on Saturday when a 400 Freestyle Relay team of Jacob Destrampe, Cade Oliver, Brock Lock, and Max Kramer finished 2nd to cap off the biggest day in Franklin’s swimming and diving history.
In September, it was a pipe dream, something to become excited about. Whether the pipe dream was realistic or not, wasn’t known until mid-December, when a dream became a goal. On Saturday, the goal became reality.
Led by junior Jacob Destrampe, who started his day by winning the first individual state swimming championship in school history (200 Freestyle), Franklin scored 203 points to edge out Zionsville (186 pts) for the 2018 IHSAA State Championships runner-up trophy.
Franklin put all three relays on the podium, two of which were state-runner up to the eventual state champion, Carmel. The 200 Freestyle Relay quartet of Jacob Destrampe, Michael Couet, Brock Lock, and Max Kramer were edged-out by the Carmel Greyhounds, after the Franklin foursome logged the second fastest 200 Freestyle Relay time in the state’s illustrious history. Destrampe, Lock, and Kramer were later joined by freshman Cade Oliver in their runner-up finish in the 400 Freestyle relay, knocking over five seconds off the FCHS school record.
The Franklin boys scored points in nearly every event to outpace the field for runner-up, with huge swims coming from a pair of seniors and a freshman. The seniors Michael Couet and Brock Lock made massive drops, with the pair winning medals in the 100 Breaststroke and 100 Freestyle respectively. Couet’s time of 54.9 was good enough for 2nd place, just .15 behind the state champ, while Lock’s 100 Freestyle time placed 6th in the state. The seniors will be joined in the Franklin Wall of Fame by Gauge Creech and freshman Cade Oliver, both of which had career days in their respective events. Gauge finished 8th in the 1m Diving, while Oliver scored two medals in his state debut.
On the season, Franklin broke 12 of the school’s 13 swimming & diving records, while also winning the runner-up trophy for the first time (previous best was 2017’s 10th place). Franklin’s senior class was instrumental in changing the culture and helping take success to the state level.
State Placers and best times from IHSAA State include:
• 200 Medley Relay –5th place – Cade Oliver, Michael Couet, Griffin Edwards, Max Kramer
• 200 Freestyle –State Champion – Jacob Destrampe
• 200 IM – 8th place – Cade Oliver
• 50 Free – 13th place- Michael Couet
• 100 Butterfly– 14th place – Griffin Edwards
• 100 Freestyle – 2nd place – Jacob Destrampe, 6th place – Brock Lock
• 500 Freestyle – 7th Place – Cade Oliver
• 200 Freestyle Relay – 2nd Place– Jacob Destrampe, Michael Couet, Brock Lock, Max Kramer
• 100 Breaststroke – 2nd Place – Michael Couet
• 400 Freestyle Relay – 2nd Place – Jacob Destrampe, Cade Oliver, Brock Lock, Max Kramer
• Diving – 8th Place – Gauge Creech
Daily Journal State Articles:
• Franklin boys earn 2nd place finish behind Juniors 200 Free state title: http://www.dailyjournal.net/2018/02/26/02262018dj_state_bswim/
• Linked to greatness: http://www.dailyjournal.net/2018/02/26/02262018dj_oleary_column/
• DJ’s State Notebook: http://www.dailyjournal.net/2018/02/26/02262018dj_state_swimming_notebook/
IHSAA Results: http://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/boys%20sports/boys%20swimming/2017-18/201718FinalResults.pdf