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FRANKLIN – Following the best season in program history, one which the Lady Grizzly Cubs captured the State Runner-Up Trophy, the four-time Sectional Champion Grizzly Cub ladies defended their trophy with great success, winning 10 of 11 swimming events en route to a 504-385 victory over 2nd place Center Grove. Franklin’s title marks the fifth sectional title in as many years, the 8th title in school history.

With one of the deepest teams Franklin has had, there was a large group of athletes that contributed to the success of another banner effort, beginning with the 200 Medley relay crew of Allie Lacy (9), Kabria Chapman (11), Grace Fisher (11), and Ava Ray (9) dominate the field to post a 1:46.16. Shortly there after, Franklin would go on to sweep the field with a finish of 1-2-3, as Sarah Hoffman captured the 200 Freestyle title.

Allie Lacy (9), Sarah Hoffman (12), and Gracey Payne (11) were the double event-winners for the day. Each one of the three have larger “fish to fry”, with the State Championship meet just 5 days away, but they still managed to win their respective events. Allie Lacy, the young freshman, won the 200 IM and 100 Backstroke, while Sarah Hoffman defended her titles in the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle. Gracey Payne, the junior, defended her titles picking up wins in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle.

Bella Ratzlaff, a senior, won the 100 Breaststroke in the most competitive event of the day, edging out teammate Kabria Chapman for her first sectional title of her career. Both logged 1:03’s in the event, which will put them both seeded as top 5 seeds in next week’s State Championships. Kabria isn’t alone in grabbing a state berth via logging a state cut, as both Lucy Ho and Bella Ratzlaff punched their tickets to the state meet in the 50 Freestyle.

Franklin’s storybook day wasn’t just highlighted by the winning swims, as Franklin had placed every athlete in the Top-8 of the events. The maximum athlete entry is three per event by the IHSAA. The Lady Cubs swept the 200 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, and the 500 Freestyle, which were the most events swept in team history.
The future looks bright for with a slew of underclassmen scoring over half of the Grizzly Cubs points in their route to victory.

For now, the Franklin lades look to take that poise and focus to the 2020 IHSAA State Championships beginning this Friday at 6pm at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. The Grizzly Cubs boast the 4th most swims in the state (13) behind Carmel High School (26), Fishers (17), and Chesterton (15).

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: Gracey Payne, Bella Ratzlaff, Lucy Ho
• 100 Freestyle: Gracey Payne
• 500 Freestyle: Sarah Hoffman
• 100 Backstroke: Allie Lacy
• 100 Breaststroke: Kabria Chapman, Bella Ratzlaff

• 1 Franklin Community FRKL 504
• 2 Center Grove CGRV 385
• 3 Whiteland Community WLAN 264
• 4 Greenwood Community GWOD 256
• 5 Southport SPOR 198
• 6 Mooresville MOOR 160
• 7 Martinsville MART 122
• 8 Perry Meridian PMER 95
• 9 Indian Creek INCR 36
• 10 Greenwood Christian Academy GCA 27

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It's FINALS time!

Posted by Franklin Community Swimming & Diving at Feb 7, 2020 4:56PM PST ( 0 Comments )

Come out and support our girl athletes in tomorrow’s Sectional Finals! Let’s be the loudest and proudest group at the pool!
Diving begins at 9:00 a.m.
Swimming finals start at 1:00 p.m.

Good luck, Girls! We are ALL cheering for you!! See you at the pool!

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Posted by Kristi Pheifer at Feb 7, 2020 8:59AM PST ( 2 Comments )

Serving as a reminder to next weeks activities
Parents of Boys,
Championship season is upon us and it’s time to celebrate these boys and all of their hard work. Below is an outline of how we will get our boys fired up this week. ALL MALE athletes will participate in the activities this week. Prior to February 15th we need you working on posters for your swimmer/diver. This is where you can let your imagination run wild or be simple and to the point. Pretty much anything goes in making these. Posters should be 14×22 (half the size of a piece of poster board) and don’t forget about the pictures from the share site. If you would like to see examples-Follow these steps to find the uploaded examples:
1. Go to the top of the Team Pages website.
2. Click on the tab that says MEDIA.
3. A menu should drop down. Select PHOTOS from the drop down menu.
4. A group of albums should appear. Click on the album titled: Sectional Poster Examples
5. There are a few examples of posters (from parents who had photos available) from both male and female athletes that were created in the past few years. I hope these examples are helpful.
The main thing to remember is that these posters are nothing to worry about. The athletes will LOVE them and enjoy seeing their teammates posters as well.

Saturday, February 15th
Hang sectional posters and decorate the boy’s locker room. Parents will meet at the storage room after practice to hang window clings, hang posters in the glass hallway between the pool and the main office, and decorate the boy’s locker room. There will be some posters and other decorations there but please feel free to bring other supplies i.e. posters, streamers, balloons. The theme is FCHS, blue, white, grizzly bears. If you are not able to hang your poster, you are welcome to deliver it to the storage room prior to Saturday and someone will get it up for you.

Sunday, February 16th
This is a very fun night outside the pool. It gives the athletes a chance to relax, eat, and spend time together as a team. Sectional dinner will be at the Pheifer’s house @5:00pm (THE ADDRESS IS: 6739 W CR 144, greenwood. ¾ mile east of 37). The lane will be marked and we are all the way at the end of the lane. Meeting at the high school and carpooling may be helpful. Boys will receive their sectional t-shirts.

Monday, February 17th
Boys will see all the inspiring decorations and posters.

Wednesday, February 19th
Boys will stop by the storage room following practice and enjoy the traditional Sectional fruit cup.

Thursday, February 20th
Boys will come to the storage room during their individual lunch period and enjoy a traditional Sectional lunch as a team; Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, pasta salad, salad, rolls, and fruit, will be served. If you sign up to help donate food for this lunch, please arrive at 10:00 a.m. First lunch starts at 11. While the boys are eating, we will take down all decorations. Girl’s team will time at prelims. SECTIONAL PRELIMS START @5:30PM on Thursday.

Friday, February 21st
Boys will wear sectional t-shirts to school.

Saturday, February 22nd
Boys diving begins 9:00am. Swimming Sectional finals begins @1:00pm. A reminder will be sent via Sign-up email if you signed up to volunteer for this meet. Thank you for your help! Please reach out with any questions! Kristi or 317-213-7346

For the sectional luncheon Thursday, we are still in need of the following things:
1-crockpot of Chicken and noodles
1-large olive garden salad (you can it make or purchase. I can tell you how to make it)

Please reply all if you sign up to donate these few items. Thanks!

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Word of Thanks

Posted by Kristi Pheifer at Feb 3, 2020 6:35PM PST ( 0 Comments )

It’s no easy task to bleach about 30 heads in a couple of hours especially when most of the boys have dark brown hair. As always, our parents were there making sure that the boys had a good time, were well fed and looked darn good. Us team reps are extremely lucky to have such supportive parents who are willing to let these kids have their crazy traditions. This event kicks off the exciting meets that bring our season to a close. The JV invite was loaded with stellar swims and coming next will be sectionals. This is a HUGE deal to all the boys. Please be on the look out for an email about sectional activities.

Thanks again Parents, this really wouldn’t be possible without you!

What a GREAT JV Invite at Lawrence North! It was an exciting start to Championship Season! A lot of athletes put up some great times in the pool! Our cheering section was LOUD and PROUD!

Here is another quick and FINAL look at this week’s events leading up to Girls Sectionals!

Monday: Poster, window clings, and locker room decorations have been hung! Come check it out, Girls!

Tuesday: ALL GIRL athletes are invited to the Sectional Dinner at the Chapman’s following practice (around 6:00). There will be food, fun, and Sectional t-shirts! The girls WILL NOT want to miss it. (4817 Krestridge Court East in Bargersville) Girls are encouraged to carpool to the Chapman’s. Dinner will end roughly around 8:00/8:30 for those girls who will need to be picked up.

Wednesday: Sectional fruit cup time! ALL GIRL athletes are welcome to stop by the team room for the traditional fruit cup following practice.

Thursday: ALL GIRL athletes should come to the team room for lunch during their lunch periods. A baked potato bar, sandwiches, salads, and even a little dessert will be provided!
SWIM FAST and CHEER LOUD at Sectional Prelims Thursday at 5:30.

Friday: ALL girls can get ready for Saturday by wearing their Sectional Shirts today!

Saturday: GIRLS Sectional FINALS at FCHS! (more info to follow about the schedule of this day)
*I intercepted the girls’ text group the other day using my daughter’s phone and relayed this same info to the swimmers and divers! I hope they are excited for a week of celebrations!