Grizzly Cubs cruise to fourth straight sectional title

As a Franklin Community High School sophomore, Adam Destrampe was instrumental in helping Franklin break Center Grove’s sectional stranglehold of 27 straight titles.

Adam is now a freshman at Indiana University, but brother Jacob is helping carry on that tradition at Franklin.

Jacob Destrampe, a freshman, won two events, the 100- and 200-yard freestyles, and was on two winning relay teams as the eighth-ranked Grizzly Cubs won their fourth consecutive sectional title Saturday in their own pool.

Sectional winners in each event and those reaching state cut-off times will compete in the IHSAA State Meet on Friday and Saturday at the IU Natatorium at IUPUI.

“I got every goal I wanted all through that meet,” the younger Destrampe said. “(Adam) started it when he was a sophomore, and I’m just trying to keep it going.

“We’re trying to keep the tradition going.”

But Destrampe is quick to credit teammates for the Cubs compiling 431 points, 110 more than second-place Center Grove. Perry Meridian placed third with 282.

“It was a group effort,” Destrampe said.

Destrampe set personal-bests in both the 100 (45.99) and 200 (1:40.66). He joined junior Andrew Rice, sophomore Michael Couet and freshman Griffin Edwards on the winning 200 medley relay team.

Jacob, Rice, Couet and junior Aiden McCain were on the winning 200 free relay team.

Franklin coach Zach DeWitt said Destrampe’s feat of winning shorter sprint events was impressive.

“For a freshman, that’s often tough to do because you haven’t built up that muscle mass,” DeWitt said. “He’s the real deal. He’s going to be a phenom.

“We’re just happy he’s swimming for us.”

DeWitt said the team’s margin of victory was a little more comfortable than he thought it might be.

“The boys stepped up across the board,” DeWitt said. “We’ve got a youthful team. We were down a couple of guys (with injuries), and I was happy to see a lot of underclassmen to step up.

“I think these boys feel like they’re dealing with the house’s money now and we can go to state and make some noise. We’re going to be good for a few years now,  and it’s nice to lay the foundation.”

Center Grove senior Alex Krasutsky won the 200 individual medley in 1:56.80 and the 100 breaststroke in 57.50, both personal-bests. Krasutsky joined juniors Noah Tallman, Jamie Vance and Alex Feitl on the winning 400 relay team.

“I’ve never been more excited in my life, that’s for sure,” Krasutsky said. “The best part is getting the team all together as a unit. Our coach talked to us about coming together as one.

“I think it was great to have this experience my senior year, just doing the best you could and leaving it all in the pool.”

This is the first time Krasutsky has gone to the state meet in an individual event.

“It was a great meet for (Krasutsky),” Trojans coach Jim Todd said. “He’s grown a lot and matured. That was the best I’ve ever seen him do. He was relaxed and swam within himself.

“He didn’t over-stress himself.”

Tallman won the 500 freestyle title for the Trojans.

“We’ll have a little bit of excitement on Friday night, and hopefully sneak somebody through to Saturday,” Todd said.

Indian Creek senior Wyeth Brock was a double winner in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

The top four finishing divers advanced to Tuesday’s regional at Bloomington North. The Johnson County divers moving on are Franklin’s Gauge Creech, who placed second, and senior teammate Dylan Munn, who was fourth.

In the team event, Whiteland was fourth with 243 points, followed by Roncalli with 232 and Indian Creek with 197. Greenwood was 10th with 95.

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Mark Ambrogi is a sports correspondent for the Daily Journal.