Several of Johnson County’s best swimmers and divers had impressive showings at last weekend’s Franklin Sectional.
This weekend, they’ll find out how they measure up against the rest of the state — and the bar, in many cases, is pretty high.
Indiana traditionally has one of the faster state meets in America, and that should again be the case this year with a few nationally-ranked prospects in the field.
Carmel junior Drew Kibler, in particular, is a name to watch. He’s heavily favored to win the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, with state records likely to fall in the process. Another Greyhound, freshman Wyatt Davis, is expected to contend for titles in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
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Among those hoping to derail Carmel’s top dogs is Franklin Jacob Destrampe. The sophomore is seeded second behind Kibler in the 200 free and eighth in the 500.
Here’s how Destrampe and the rest of the local entrants sit heading into tonight’s preliminary swims (all times are from last weekend’s sectionals; there are no local qualifiers in the 50 or 100 freestyle):
200 medley relay
Team to beat: Carmel, 1:31.91
No. 8 seed: Greenfield-Central, 1:35.15
No. 16 seed: Westfield, 1:37.45
Franklin is seeded seventh with a sectional time of 1:34.85.
Swimmer to beat: Drew Kibler (Carmel), 1:38.49
No. 8 seed: Justin Wallar (Chesterton), 1:42.26
No. 16 seed: Lucas Lobring (Bloomington South), 1:43.19
Franklin’s Jacob Destrampe is seeded second at 1:40.30.
Swimmer to beat: Spencer Lehman (Northridge), 1:50.94
No. 8 seed: Andrew Schuler (Zionsville), 1:53.03
No. 16 seed: Nate Carlson (Chesterton), 1:54.40
Griffin Edwards of Franklin is seeded 14th with a time of 1:54.15.
Diver to beat: Matt Mitchell (LaPorte), 537.96
Local qualifiers: Gauge Creech of Franklin had a regional score of 396.95, tied for 13th among the 32 divers advancing to state. Whiteland’s Collin Barton (349.80) is seeded 29th.
Swimmer to beat: Matthew Jerden (Bloomington South), 49.71 seconds
No. 8 seed: Drake Stallworth (Fishers), 51.18
No. 16 seed: Noah Tallman (Center Grove), 51.63
Tucker Brock of Indian Creek is the No. 19 seed with a sectional time of 51.73.
Swimmer to beat: Wyatt Davis (Carmel), 4:31.48
No. 8 seed: Destrampe (Franklin), 4:40.16
No. 16 seed: Lobring (Bloomington South), 4:42.52
Center Grove’s Tallman is seeded 11th with a time of 4:40.77.
200 freestyle relay
Team to beat: Carmel, 1:23.70
No. 8 seed: McCutcheon, 1:26.97
No. 16 seed: Franklin, 1:28.13
Center Grove is 26th at 1:29.82.
Swimmer to beat: Jacob Steele (Fort Wayne Snider), 49.18
No. 8 seed: Jackson Miller (North Central), 51.70
No. 16 seed: Kyle Haflich (Fishers), 52.15
Franklin’s Edwards is seeded 19th at 52.49 seconds.
Swimmer to beat: Stefano Batista (Carmel) 56.35
No. 8 seed: Tristan DeWitt (Fort Wayne Carroll), 57.56
No. 16 seed: Jordan Keuneke (Fort Wayne Carroll), 58.61
Franklin’s Michael Couet is the No. 14 seed with a time of 58.30 seconds.
400 freestyle relay
Team to beat: Carmel, 3:07.93
No. 8 seed: Homestead, 3:11.02
No. 16 seed: Penn, 3:13.94
Franklin is seeded sixth at 3:10.19; Center Grove is 23rd (3:15.13).
IHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Finals
At IUPUI Natatorium
Preliminaries, 6 p.m.
Diving prelims and semis, 9 a.m. Saturday
Event finals and consolations, 1 p.m. Saturday
Admission: $8 per session or $12 both days