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Grizzly Cubs dominate Mid-State
By Adam Wire -

1/8/17 10:10 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — With no drama in the team championship category at Saturday’s Mid-State Conference boys and girls swimming meets, Franklin coach Zach DeWitt found a way to inject some theatrics on the individual side.

When Grizzly Cubs freshman Max Kramer tied Plainfield’s Max Wiser in the 100-yard butterfly final, DeWitt negotiated an end-of-meet swim-off rather than accepting a tie and a split first-place ribbon.

Wiser edged Kramer in the swim-off, but that result belied an otherwise dominant day for Franklin.

The girls set five meet records and tied another en route to their championship, topping Whiteland, 565-375. Plainfield was third with 358, followed by Greenwood (226), Mooresville (211), Martinsville (198) and host Decatur Central (101).

The boys broke three more conference records and topped Whiteland, 475-387. Plainfield (354), Decatur Central (255.5), Greenwood (221.5), Mooresville (203) and Martinsville (140) rounded out the team scoring.

Kramer, a freshman, already had won the 50-yard freestyle (21.96 seconds) and swam on Franklin’s winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays before swimming a second 100 butterfly. Wiser took an early lead in the deciding race, and Kramer stayed close but could never catch up.

“I didn’t really think much about how different it was; I just thinking about my race,” Kramer said. “I was glad to have my team there to help me through. The whole team has been making improvements.”

Franklin’s boys won all but two events, including all three relays. The 200 medley relay of Kramer, Jacob Destrampe, Griffin Edwards and Michael Couet set a meet record (1:36.95), while the 400 free relay (Destrampe, Edwards, Aaron Lamm and Brock Lock) sped to a lopsided victory in 3:16.36. It broke an 18-year-old meet record and was nearly 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Whiteland.

Destrampe set the Cubs’ other meet record, winning the 500 freestyle in 4:37.66. He also won the 200 free in 1:43.76.

Edwards also won two individual events, taking the 200 individual medley in 1:58.74 and pulling a mild upset by winning the 100 backstroke in 54.54 seconds. He was seeded second behind Plainfield’s Chaz Rhodes entering the finals.

Other Franklin winners included Lock, who took the 100 freestyle (49.63 seconds) and swam on the winning 200 and 400 free relays; and Michael Couet, who won the 100 breaststroke (58.89 seconds) and swam on the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

On the girls side, DeWitt singled out Franklin’s Ella Pheifer for having a “breakout meet.” Pheifer won the 50 and 100 freestyles in 24.97 and 54.48 seconds, respectively, and she also anchored record-setting 200 medley and 400 free relays. All three Franklin girls relays set meet records.

“For a while, I had been in a rut, and couldn’t seem to figure out how to get out of it,” Pheifer said. “I’ve been getting better mentally and physically.”

She was one several Franklin girls involved in meet records. Ali Terrell set new marks in the 200 IM (2:09.40) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.30) and swam on the 200 medley and 200 free relays. Carla Gildersleeve won the 200 free (1:54.69) and the 100 butterfly (56.76 seconds), and swam on the record-breaking free relays.

The Cubs’ Scarlet Friend tied her own meet record, which she set in Thursday’s preliminaries, in the 100 backstroke (58.90 seconds) and swam on the 200 medley and 200 free relays, while Jessie Fraley claimed the 500 freestyle (5:10.91) and was on the 400 free relay.

“Aside from the team support, I was most proud of our mental resolve,” DeWitt said. “We had a couple of kids who had poor races early and didn’t let that affect them. At the end of the meet, everyone is fatigued, but we still had strong performances.”

Whiteland coach Marci Whitford was named the conference’s Coach of the Year for her efforts in guiding the Warriors to second-place finishes in each meet.

Whiteland’s top individual efforts came from Brendan Gough, who took third in the 200 IM and 500 free, Matthew Kovacs (third in 100 butterfly) and Austin Adkins (third in diving), along with Maria Campbell, who also took third in diving. The Warriors were runners-up in the girls’ 200 free and boys’ 400 free relays.

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Adam Wire
Adam Wire is a sports correspondent for the Daily Journal.



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 relays.

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 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 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*

FRANKLIN – Thursday, December 15, 2016

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, Wyatt 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.

The Grizzly Cubs will be back in action tomorrow at Indian Creek as they compete for a pair of County Titles at 9am. The meet is expected to finish around noon, so it’s the perfect morning our for those looking for a quick chlorine fix! Also, be sure to check out the County Championship preview in the Daily Journal, where there is a special feature on our Grizzly Cub Men’s 200 Medley Relay Team.

*Additional results can be found below in the pdf document. *



A season approaching a holiday break is always a unique time for a swim meet, as distractions can arise from excitement for the holiday season. On Tuesday night against visiting Columbus North, there weren’t many distracted athletes on the Franklin Community side. Franklin girls took 10 of the 11 events, while the boys managed to pull off 10 of the 11 events as well. Both sides cruised to 157-65 and 126-96 wins for the girls and boys, respectively. Coach DeWitt felt that the team’s performance was highlighted by the enthusiasm shown throughout the team.

“Fun swimming is fast swimming. Fast swimming is fun swimming. Sometimes, it’s hard to control which comes first, but tonight it was apparent that the athletes approached the meet with great enthusiasm. I have to credit the kids for bringing that approach to an early season meet. We can get better in terms of preparedness on the second half of the meet, but aside from that, we were prepared.”

The meet kicked off in impressive fashion for the girls and boys alike with the girls 200 Medley Relay winning team of Scarlet Friend, Gabby Hoffman, Carla Gildersleeve, and Abi Gibson taking first with a time of 1:51.13. Equally impressive Griffin Edwards, Michael Couet, Max Kramer, and Jacob Destrampe teamed up to break the 1:40 barrier with a time of 1:38.98.

Things didn’t slow down from there. Carla Gildersleeve, a double winner on the night, started thing quickly winning the 200 Freestyle with a 1:54.99. Sarah Hoffman and Lina Caudill rounded out the 1-2-3 finish both finishing under 2:01. Jacob Destrampe continued the momentum taking the boys 200 Freestyle with a 1:45.82, well ahead of last season’s early season times.

Ali Terrell and Griffin Edwards, sophomores for Franklin, both took the pair of 200IM wins, winning in times of 2:10.22 and 2:01.54, respectively. Anna McCahill and Gabby Hoffman swam to season best times, taking 2nd and 3rd points for the team. Michael Couet also had a huge early season swim, helping the team out with a close fought 2nd place finish (2:02.18).

The 50 free, a race typically won and lost by tenths and hundredths, was as exciting as ever during the girls 50 freestyle. Scarlet Friend in come-from-behind victory, squeaked out a 1st place finish with a time of 24.76. Ella Pheifer and Abi Gibson, both with phenomenal early season finishes, finished 3rd and 4th respectively. The boys race wasn’t quite the same close race. Freshman Max Kramer, in his high school debut, threw down a 22.45 for the win.

Coach Jerden was elated with his crews’ performances on the night, “I was very pleased with the overall attention to detail and aggressiveness of our racing. It’s just a good feeling to get an understanding of where we are at and then, of course, where we want to go from this point.”

Coach Ty Hoffman’s team took things from there, where the ladies on the boards finished 1- 2- 3. Senior Maddie Powell led the group with 186.55 points from her 6 dives. On the boys side, Gauge Creech faced one of his toughest match-ups of the year in Columbus senior Kaemon Jiles and fell short, with 219.45 points alongside a second place finish.

Franklin swimmers came out of the diving break red-hot with two sub-minute 100 Butterfly’s, Gildersleeve (57.00) and Anna McCahill (59.67) leading the charge. In the same race, Meghan Meinczinger, a freshman, lowered her lifetime best by over a half second (1:06.33).The boys answered with their own rendition as Max Kramer won the race handedly (54.56). The bigger swim, however, came from Sophomore Shane O’Sullivan, who was right off his lifetime best with a time of 57.24.

The 100 Freestyle was a tough battle between Abi Gibson, Ella Pheifer, and Columbus senior Darby Coles. Pheifer eventually fall to North’s Coles in the final 30 yeards. Gibson would finish in 3rd, while freshman Alex Hart finished 59.44. Franklin Seniors Aaron Lamm and Chance Gildersleeve made a rare appearance in some short events finishing 1st and 3rd in a hotly contested 100 freestyle.

The 500 Freestyle had a rather “youthful” look on the girls side with all participants being underclassmen. Sarah Hoffman and Jessie Fraley had a very exciting race, both leading the charge for the Grizzly cubs, as Franklin would go on to finish 1- 2- 4 alongside Lina Caudill. Jacob Destrampe dominated the boys side, swimming away from the field in a blistering time of 4:43.65. Brock Lock picked up where he left off from his sophomore campaign finishing with a 5:15.71.

The lady Grizzly Cubs recorded the next win in the 200 Freestyle relay with a team of Scarlet Friend, Ali Terrell, Abi Gibson, and Ella Pheifer. Their time of 1:41.84 is the fastest team time of the short season. The boys, with an experienced group, also won the 200 Freestyle Relay (1:31.43) with a team of Max Kramer, Michael Couet, Aaron Lamm, and Chance Gildersleeve.

In quite possibly the best race of the night, the 100 Backstroke featured 3 athletes, finishing in sub-minute times. It was Alexandra Nusawardhana of Columbus out in front with the win, while Friend, Fraley, Hart recorded a 2nd-3rd-4th place finish. The boys backstroke also had a tight race, where Griffin Edwards came out victorious in a time of 55.65.

Breaststroke wrapped the individual events up with wins from both Ali Terrell and Michael Couet. Terrell, with her second win of the night ran away from the field, posting a season-best time. Couet, a junior, looked good his season debut, swimming to a time of 1:01.19. Other notable performances came from Reagan Hendricks , who achieved a personal best time.

The Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving program will continue their seasons next week by visiting the Golden Bears of Shelbyville next Tuesday, November 29th at 5:30.


Franklin Family,

This coming* Saturday, November 26th, 2016*, the FCHSSnD program will be inviting its alumni back to the pool for some friendly compeition at 10am. The events are considerably shorter, with most events being cut in half. Our current program record is 9 alumni, but this year we have a goal of having more than a dozen of our own “back home.” Whether you come to swim one event, 4 events, or simply want to come check things out, you’re welcome to partake!

Please see the following link to sign-up and share to others!
Saturday, November 26th at 10am