New Palestine senior had stellar career

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INDIANAPOLIS — As a freshman, Grant Gish impressed New Palestine coach Steve Maxwell enough that the coach stuck him on two lightning-fast relays with juniors Sam Baker and Jake Greig and senior Phillip Webster.

At the 2011 sectional meet, the quartet decimated the field in the 400 freestyle relay, winning by over five seconds. That triumph remains Gish’s favorite high school swimming memory.

“We had a senior on that team, Phil Webster. He was just ecstatic,” Gish said. “It just felt great to win it together and to come to state together. It was an awesome experience.”

The group was also ‘picked up’ in the 200 freestyle relay after taking second in that event at sectional, meaning Gish got to swim in two state races a ninth-grader.

Friday night at the 2014 State Finals in IUPUI Natatorium, Gish swam his lap as a Dragon — and possibly ever.

A year after competing at state in the 200 freestyle, Gish took 30th in the 100 freestyle Friday, timing in at 49.38 seconds. He finished two spots of his seed, and ended his career with a personal-best time.

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