Every so often, Adam Destrampe will get a phone call from his younger brother Jacob, a delivery of some good-natured trash talk.
“I like to call him like, ‘Hey, guess what? Another one of your records is gone,’ ” Jacob Destrampe said with a smile. “He’s like, ‘Yeah, I know.’ It’s fun telling him that.”
The older Destrampe still has a tenuous hold on two school swimming records at Franklin, but with two years to go, Jacob has already broken four — and with a monster sophomore season, he’s also the Daily Journal’s 2016-17 Boys Swimmer of the Year.
As far as Franklin coach Zach DeWitt is concerned, there are no losers in the Destrampe sibling rivalry. Adam Destrampe is doing just fine for himself swimming at Indiana University, and Jacob is fresh off a state meet in which he earned four medals, finishing in the top three in both of his individual events.
“Adam was the trailblazer, there’s no doubt, and it doesn’t matter what Jacob does; he’ll never take that title away,” DeWitt said. “But in terms of who’s probably going to end up the better swimmer, Jacob will.
“And I’m absolutely sure that that’s probably something discussed over dinner.”
Jacob Destrampe was second in the state in the 200-yard freestyle this year with a school-record time of 1:37.91, and he added a third-place finish in the 500 freestyle, with his time of 4:29.96 less than a second away from his brother’s school record.
He also helped the Grizzly Cubs medal in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay, where they finished eighth and fifth, respectively.
Franklin finished 10th as a team, the best showing in program history — and with a strong returning nucleus and several promising eighth-graders on the way up, Jacob Destrampe actually seems more excited about the team’s future prospects than his own.
“Knowing where the team is going forward, and how we’re getting more people, the team’s getting better, and just knowing that is very exciting to me,” he said. “I can’t wait for the seasons to come up.”
As his final two seasons approach, Destrampe is focused not only on moving up a step on the state podium, but also on following in his older brother’s footsteps in a different way.
“For his team, he was very much a leader, and I want to try to work my way up to being a leader just like him,” Jacob said.
Jacob Destrampe’s 2017 state meet by the numbers:
400 freestyle relay;3:07.90*;Fifth
200 medley relay;1:34.48*;Eighth
* — school record
The 2016-17 All-Johnson County Team for boys swimming:
Tucker Brock, Indian Creek junior: Won county championships in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 freestyle. … Qualified for state meet in 100 butterfly, finishing 18th.
Michael Couet, Franklin junior: Set school record in 100 breaststroke (58.3 seconds) and finished 14th at state meet. … Also scored at state meet in 200 medley relay (eighth) and 200 freestyle relay (16th).
Gauge Creech, Franklin sophomore: Won sectional title with a score of 463.35, breaking a school record that had stood since 1976. … Advanced to final round of state meet, finishing ninth.
Jacob Destrampe, Franklin sophomore: Placed second at state meet in 200 freestyle and third in 500 freestyle. … Earned two more state medals in 200 medley relay (eighth) and 400 free relay (fifth).
Griffin Edwards, Franklin sophomore: Broke through at sectional and set school records in 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. … Scored at state in backstroke (14th), 200 medley relay (eighth) and 400 freestyle relay (fifth).
Noah Tallman, Center Grove senior: Sectional champion in 100 butterfly, finishing 12th at state meet in that event. … Also a state qualifier in 500 freestyle as well as with the Trojans’ 200 and 400 free relays.
Collin Barton, Whiteland; Ethan Beaumont, Center Grove; Alex Feitl, Center Grove; Tony Gipson, Center Grove; Brenden Gough, Whiteland; Matthew Kovacs, Whiteland; Maxwell Kramer, Franklin; Aaron Lamm, Franklin; Joshua Moody, Whiteland; Nolan Reed, Indian Creek; Chase Smith, Indian Creek