It’s a good thing judges weren’t present to score Zach DeWitt’s entry into the Franklin Community High School pool late Saturday afternoon.
The first-year Grizzly Cubs’ coach hit the water backside-first, the 24-year-old’s intentionally shoddy form overshadowing for a split-second the fact DeWitt was fully clothed.
Franklin moments earlier had snapped Center Grove’s 27-year string of consecutive boys sectional championships, winning the day’s final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, to slip past the Trojans, 430.5 points to 427.5.
“That was the first time I’ve been in this pool. Unfortunately, it was with my clothes on,” said DeWitt, his hair and clothes a soggy mess. “When I scored it out before prelims, it was dead even (with Center Grove). We had some big relay swims.”
The 200 freestyle relay saw the Grizzly Cubs’ quartet of Adam Destrampe, Daniel Rice, Kevin Stahl and Clayton Culp touch the wall first in a time of 1:27.74 with Center Grove a close second at 1:27.91. Franklin’s 400 free relay utilized the talents of the same four swimmers — just in different order — to win going away in 3:16.41.