After three weeks of boys’ swimming competition, a number of Gazette-area athletes are listed among state leaders.
Iowa City High junior Forrest Frazier, a two-event state champion last year, is not among them.
Frazier has yet to swim for the Little Hawks this season. He remained with his Eastern Iowa Federation Club team to train for the Junior National Championship meet last weekend in Austin, Texas.
“He wanted to maintain the training schedule with his club coach for the events he would be competing in at the national meet,” said Iowa City High Coach Zane Hugo.
The decision paid off for Frazier.
He won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 52.51 seconds, almost two seconds faster than his state-meet winning time in the event last year and more than nine seconds faster than the current leader listed on Quik Stats Iowa, Jacob McCredie of Pleasant Valley. Frazier also took runner-up honors in the 200 breaststroke in 1:55.33. That event is not contested in Iowa prep meets.
During his preparation for the national meet, Frazier, who has committed to swim collegiately at Cal, did get some time in the pool practicing with the Little Hawks.
“Forrest has been to practice, putting himself in the position to integrate back with the team on his return,” Hugo said. “I hope to have him competing with us at the Little Hawk Invitational this Saturday in Iowa City.”
500 free dominance
A lot will depend on how area coaches elect to deploy their swimmers for the district meet in February, but the 500 freestyle could be a Metro area showcase once the state meet rolls around.
Metro swimmers have seven of the top 11 times in the event after three weeks.
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Iowa City High sophomore Isaac Weigel has the best time in the state at 4:48.00, just ahead of Linn-Mar freshman Cooper Callahan (4:49.21). Another Lion ninth-grader, Aiden Carstense, has the fifth best time at 4:59.38. Others in the top 11 include Cedar Rapids Washington’s Jeremy Throndson (sixth), Iowa City West’s James Pinter (seventh), Linn-Mar’s Nick Cavanah (ninth) and Wash’s Zach Kolker (11th).
They could all be in the same race at the MVC Super Meet on Jan. 19 at the Linn-Mar Aquatic Center.
Iowa City West has a pair of state leaders after the first three weeks.
Pinter, a junior, has the top time in the 100 freestyle (47.73) and is second in the 200 free (1:46.29). Another Trojan junior, Izaak Hajek, leads the way in the 100 butterfly (51.76) and is fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:01.75).
West freshman Jordan Christensen is third in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.00). The Trojans also own the second-best time in the 200 medley relay (1:41.01).
City High’s Weigel is fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:48.80).
Once Frazier returns, he likely will go to the top of the charts in several events. The two Iowa City rivals meet on Jan. 15 at the Coralville Recreation Center. That is shaping up to be one of the best dual meets this season.