IOWA CITY — You wouldn’t have guessed that Iowa City High’s Forrest Frazier was fighting a cold.
The Iowa City High sophomore spoke with a raspy voice following Saturday’s boys state swimming meet at the UI Campus Recreation and Wellness Center pool.
It may have been a little hard to hear him after the meet, but his performance in the water spoke loud and clear. Frazier captured a pair of championships, including a state-record performance in the 100-yard breaststroke, and walked off with the meet’s outstanding individual performer honors.
“I was pleased with (my performance),” Frazier said of his breaststroke time of 54.16, that shattered the old standard of 55.69 set in 2003 by Sean Osborne of Cedar Falls. “It felt good all the way.
“From the beginning the whole race felt put together. I was fast right up front and the speed continued wall-to-wall all the way to the finish.”
And that cold he was fighting?
“I don’t think it affected me at all,” he said with a grin. “I think I got through the day pretty good.”
Frazier’s performance led the Little Hawks to the best team finish among Gazette-area schools. City High ended up seventh with 126 points. Ames edged West Des Moines Valley, 221-220, for the team title. Valley won the 400 free relay, but Ames, which led by seven points entering the event, took second to grab the team championship. Ankeny and Bettendorf tied for third at 166.5.
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One other state record fell as Cedar Falls’ Dylan Moffatt broke the 500 free mark in a time of 4:27.77. That topped the old mark of 4:29.96 set in 2016 by Cedar Rapids Washington’s Cameron Kelley.
A key to Frazier’s success Saturday may have been a more prudent approach to his second state meet.
“Last year, he tried a difficult event combo with the back and the breaststroke,” City High Coach Zane Hugo said. “This year, he tried something a little more strategic and it really paid off. Last year, I think he was a little bit awestruck. He gained a lot of experience last year and it really paid off.
The record came in the next-to-last race of the meet. Earlier in the day, Frazier was equally as dominant, leading from start to finish in taking the 100 butterfly in 49.10.
“That race felt good from the beginning as well,” he said. “I felt it a little bit the last 15 meters, but I was out front so it was OK.”
Frazier was the star, but Hugo was pleased with how the entire Little Hawks team performed.
“We really do train and compete for this meet,” Hugo said. “Last week was about getting us here and getting us in a good position to do what we did today.”
Cedar Rapids Washington and Linn-Mar tied for 10th with 104.5 points, the best among Metro teams. Linn-Mar’s Matt Peng closed his career with a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly and tied for fifth in the 50 freestyle. Washington’s best individual finish came from Kaleb Donels, who took fourth in the 100 backstroke.
“The thing you have to love about a day like today is competition brings out the best in you,” Linn-Mar Coach Tom Belin said. “The times today were outstanding. We broke 14 records today. Just an incredible day for our guys.”