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Franklin to host swimming meet: Hall of Fame event features top athletes

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Franklin Community High School will be the site of the seventh annual Hall of Fame swimming and diving Classic tonight and Saturday, with some of the state’s premier athletes and teams expected to participate.

Among the invitees in the girls  meet are defending state runner-up Zionsville, third-place Penn, Chesterton (fifth), Fishers (15th) and the host Grizzly Cubs (22nd).

Chesterton, fourth-place finishers in the 2012 IHSAA State Finals in February, could be the one to beat in the boys meet, though Bloomington North, Franklin, Fishers and Zionsville also fielded top 20 squads.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us. I know the kids are really excited,” said first-year Franklin coach Zach DeWitt, 24, a 2006 graduate of Martinsville High School hired in May after working as an assistant coach at his alma mater the previous five seasons. “The Hall of Fame Classic is a different lineup every year. What they do is look at the state rankings and look at who they’re going to invite.”

A meet of this magnitude benefits participants from both Grizzly Cubs programs.

Among those expected to lead DeWitt’s girls are Kelsey Harper (100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle), Mikayla Carroll (100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley), Morgan Burton (50 and 100 free), Grace Seibert (50 free, 100 butterfly) and diver Mikaila Buening.

For the boys, watch for juniors Daniel Rice (50 and 100 free) and Kevin Stahl (100 fly, 200 IM) along with sophomores James Pryor (100 breast, 200 IM), Adam Destrampe (100 backstroke, 100 and 200 free) and Clayton Culp (100, 200 and 500 free).

Diving preliminaries begin at 6 p.m. today, with swimming prelims scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. A Hall of Fame luncheon then takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m., with swimming and diving finals starting at 2:30 p.m.

Admission for each of the three sessions is $5.

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