'Golden Speedo' goes to Iowa City West swim team

HS journalism: But City High closes gap on rivals

The City High boys’ swimming team gets fired up before Tuesday’s dual with rival Iowa City West. The Trojans won, 87-83. (Rika Yahashiri/City High)
The City High boys’ swimming team gets fired up before Tuesday’s dual with rival Iowa City West. The Trojans won, 87-83. (Rika Yahashiri/City High)

IOWA CITY — The City High vs. West dual for the Golden Speedo started off with a splash for the Little Hawks.

The 200 free relay team of sophomores Forrest Frazier and Louis Stephan and seniors Eric Thomas and Mickale Sadecky destroyed their rivals from across the river in the first event Tuesday night.

Then Stephan had a crushing breaststroke leg in the 200 individual medley, to get a win over West sophomore Izaak Hajek. Stephan later used his breaststroke abilities to get another win in the 100-yard event.

In the 100 butterfly, Frazier swam a 51.91 for the win over Hajek, which is the leading time in the state and an official City High varsity record. The 51.91 crushed City’s previous 100 butterfly record of 53.95, and leaves him a few years to make it faster.

West was a little bit ahead of City in the team race going into the 100 backstroke, but Frazier and Thomas pulled off a 1-2 finish to put the Little Hawks back in the hunt for the Golden Speedo.

The dual came down to the last race, the 400 freestyle relay. If West placed second and third, it would win the meet, but if City placed first and third the score would be tied. City’s “A-Team” relay did its job, but it came down to a close race between the two “B Teams.” Both racing for that third place spot, West pulled ahead and captured the Golden Speedo.

This was the closest the dual meet has been between these two rivals in years. West’s margin of victory was four points, 87-83.

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City and West will face again on Saturday at the City High Invitational at Mercer Park Recreation Center, starting at 11 a.m.

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