IOWA CITY — The holiday break was like the start of a new season for Forrest Frazier.
The high school swimming season has been a bit of an afterthought for the talented Iowa City High sophomore. He competed in the 2017 Winter Junior Championships in December at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Pool at the University of Iowa.
Frazier was one of more than 1,000 national-level swimmers to compete in the meet. One of the younger competitors in the field, Frazier finished 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 19th in the 200 individual medley.
“I was tapered for that meet,” Frazier said before the holiday break. “I really need to get back at it over the break.”
Even with splitting his focus between his I-Fly club team and the Little Hawks, Frazier has put up some impressive performances for City High.
He ranks first statewide in the 100 breaststroke (58.03), second in the 200 individual medley (1:54.37) and 100 butterfly (51.91) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (53.47). Frazier finished third at the 2017 state meet in the 100 back.
“I’m feeling pretty good so far,” he said of his high school performances in the first half of the year. “I’ve only been able to swim in dual meets because of junior nationals.”
The break let Frazier get back to “grinding out” practices.
“The two-week long break will be nice because it will allow me to get back into more of a training mode,” he said. “I will be able to put in the high yards and more intense sets without having to worry about school.”
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Frazier’s versatility is one of his strengths. As an IM performer, he has had to work equally hard on all of his strokes. The result has been strong performances in all four strokes.
“When I was younger, I swam everything and anything,” Frazier said. “The IM is very special to me. I have some days where my backstroke is good and my fly isn’t. Then the next day, my fly might be good and my freestyle could be off.
“That’s what is nice about the IM. You have so many different things to work on. That keeps me very motivated.”
Another big motivation for Frazier is the change in location of the state meet from the Marshalltown YMCA to the CRWC pool at Iowa.
“I am really looking forward to having the state meet in that pool,” he said. “That is where my club team competes and the atmosphere in there for a large meet is unbelievable.”
Frazier said what events he swims at districts and state likely will be a last-minute decision, just as it was last season.
“I have some ideas in my head of what I would like to swim, but it will come down to what is best for the team,” he said. “Right now, for the next two weeks or so, it will be nothing but attacking practice, working to get better.”