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Iowa boys' state swimming: West's Izaak Hajek, City High's Forrest Frazier among first-place finishers

Ankeny claims team title with 226 points

IOWA CITY — Izaak Hajek’s goal was simple for his 100-yard butterfly race at the state meet Saturday.

“Breaking 50 (seconds) was mainly on my mind,” said the Iowa City West junior.

Hajek not only met that goal, he also left the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool on the University of Iowa campus with a state championship. Hajek touched up in 49.45 seconds to claim his first state championship.

He was one of two Iowa City athletes to win a state title. City High’s Forrest Frazier defended his title in the 100 breaststroke, coming home in 55.17 seconds to take the gold.

Ankeny captured the team title with 226 points, edging out Waukee (210) and Bettendorf (205.5). Linn-Mar was the best Gazette-area finisher, taking sixth with 123 points, just ahead of West, seventh with 112. A disqualification in the 200 freestyle relay cost the Trojans 30 points they would have scored with a fourth-place finish. Cedar Rapids Washington also finished in the top 10, scoring 87 points.

Hajek, who also finished fifth in the 200 individual medley, had been eyeing the 50-second barrier, for quite a long time.

“I set that goal two years ago,” he said. “To reach it today and win a state championship, it was simply amazing.”

Said West Coach Byron Butler. “He met his goal and went out and swam his race.”

For Frazier, defending his state title was more of a chore. He missed the entire regular season, being away at a junior national meet, then being hampered by a shoulder injury. He was happy to win a state title, but was disappointed he couldn’t do more for the Little Hawks. The California commit did not defend the butterfly title he won last season.


“My training just wasn’t there,” he said. “I feel pretty good about (winning the breaststroke), but I’m not in the greatest place right now. I mean, I’ll take what I can get.”

He added that he plans to swim next year for the Little Hawks as a senior, quipping, “I sure plan on doing a lot more than I did this season.”

West also got a pair of second-place finishes from junior James Pinter. He came in behind Ankeny’s Trent Frandson, who was named the meet’s top swimmer, in the 200 freestyle (1:37.75) and was runner-up to Bettendorf’s Charlie Bunn in the 100 freestyle.

“Him getting second in the 200 free, coming off swimming in the medley relay (where West also finished second to Dowling), was a great swim for James,” Butler said. “He had a great meet today as well.”

Butler said the DQ in the 200 was disappointing, but was quick to add it likely only cost West one spot in the team race.

“Val (Trussov) was the one who was DQ’d and he took it pretty hard,” said the West coach. “He’s without a doubt the leader of our team and it bothered him a lot.

Linn-Mar was the beneficiary of West’s misfortune. The Lions’ best individual finish was a fifth from junior Nick Cavanah in the 100 backstroke. They also scored well in the relays, which was the key to them moving up to sixth.

“I’m extremely happy with the way we performed today,” Linn-Mar Coach Tom Belin said. “I can’t believe just how well we performed today.”


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Cavanah’s performance stood out for Belin. He was on two top-seven relay finishes and also finished seventh in the 200 freestyle.

“Nick was a guy who really came on over the last two weeks,” Belin said. “He had been fighting illness, but once he got to feeling better, he turned it up to another gear.”

City High’s Isaac Weigel finished fourth in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle.


At Iowa City (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)

Team standings: 1. Ankeny 226, 2. Waukee 210 , 3. Bettendorf 205.5, 4. WDM Dowling 195, 5. WDM Valley 164, 6. Linn-Mar 123, 7. Iowa City, West 112, 8. Cedar Falls 107, 9. Dubuque, Hempstead 99, 10. (tie) CR Washington 87, Sioux City Metro 87 12. Pleasant Valley 81, 13. Ames 59, 14. Iowa City High 49, 15. Marshalltown 47, 16. Mason City 40, 17. Dubuque, Senior 39, 18. Indianola 34, 19. Keokuk 29, 20. (tie) Lewis Central, Carroll 23 22. Decorah 18, 23. Davenport Central 17 24. (tie) Ottumwa, Muscatine 16, 26. Burlington 14, 27. Williamsburg 9, 28. Des Moines, Roosevelt 7.5, 29. (tie) Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Newton-NCMP, Fort Dodge 6 32. Southeast Polk 5, 33. Des Moines Lincoln 4 34 (tie). Spencer, Johnston 3.


Top 3 finishers plus area


200 medley relay - 1. West Des Moines Dowling 1:32.67, 2. Iowa City West (James Pinter, Val Trussov, Izaak Hajek, Michael Kimball) 1:34.75, 3. Ankeny 1:35.22, 11. C.R. Washington (Ethan Ford, Max Novetzke, Zach Kolker, Grady Wheeler) 1:37.86, 13. Linn-Mar (Aiden Carstensen, Connor Olson, Luke Richard, Daniel Medin) 1:39.68; 14. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (Zach Johansen, Conlin Byers, Sean Casey, Reese Manternach) 1:39.87, 22. Decorah (Gus Grimstad, Jackson Penny, Bradyn Hook, Christian Johnson) 1:43.45, DQ: Iowa City High (Caleb Coons, Forrest Frazier, Brennan Hill, Isaac Weigel)

200 free - 1. Trent Frandson (Ankeny), 1:37.75, 2. James Pinter (ICW) 1:42.23, 3. Nick Chase (Bett), 1:42.69, 5. Isaac Weigel (ICH) 1:43.38, 7. Nick Cavanah (LM) 1:44.24, 9. Cooper Callahan (LM) 1:44.24, 10. Zach Kolker (CRW) 1:44.40, 13. Jeremy Throndson (CRW) 1:46.03, 23. Mitchell Hause (CRW) 1:49.44

200 IM - 1. Cameron Linder (Waukee) 1:51.11, 2. Dylan Moffatt (CF), 1:52.14, 3. Andrew Reiter (Waukee), 1:52.29 5. Izaak Hajek (ICW) 1:55.52, 8. Aiden Carstensen (LM) 1:58.15.

50 free - 1. Charlie Bunn (Bettendorf) 20.42, 2. Kevin Burke (PV) 20.61, 3. Jacob Keller (WDM Valley) 20.65, 15. Michael Kimball (ICW) 21.74, 19. James Breitbart (CRW), 21.86, 23. Kirk Brotherton (ICW), 22.27, 24. Drew Simmons (CRJ) 22.43.


100 fly - 1. Izaak Hajek (ICW) 49.45, 2. Kyle Hopewell (Dav. Central) 51.07, 3. Andrew Reiter (Waukee) 51.52, 7. Gus Grimstad (Decorah) 52.61, 9. Braxton McGrath (Williamsburg) 52.77, 14. Aiden Carstensen (LM) 53.63, 15. Val Trussov (ICW) 53.95.

100 free - 1. Charlie Bunn (Bettendorf) 44.94, 2. James Pinter (ICW) 45.74, 3. William Rankin (S.C. Metro) 46.11, 20. Michael Kimball (ICW) 48.48,23. Kirk Brotherton (ICW) 48.48, 24. Drew Simmons (CRJ) 49.60.

500 free - 1. Trent Frandson (Ankeny) 4:23.46 (new state record) 2. Dylan Moffatt (Cedar Falls) 4:31.97, 3. Cameron Linder (Waukee), 4:35.12, 4. Isaac Weigel (ICH) 4:38.407. 7. Cooper Callahan (LM) 4:43.18, 8. Zach Kolker (CRW) 4:4.88, 10. Jeremy Throndson (CRW) 4:40.03, 21. Andy Luo (ICW) 4:55.78, 24. Nikolas Sung (ICW), 5:00.09.

200 free relay - 1. Bettendorf 1:23.56. 2. Ankeny 1:23.68, 3. WDM Valley 1:24.47, 5. Linn-Mar (Daniel Medin, Alex Cochrane, Cooper Callahan, Nick Cavanah) 1:27.62 7. C.R. Washington (James Breitbart, Ethan Ford, Grady Wheeler, Jeremy Throndson) 1:28.07, 21. C.R. Kennedy (Sean Casey, Michael Bryant, Conlin Byers, Reese Manternach) 1:32.16. Iowa City West (Kirk Brotherton, Michael Kimball, Val Trussov, James Pinter) DQ.

100 back - 1. Nick Chase (WDM Dowling) 50.10, 2. Kevin Burke (PV) 50.41, 3. John Culver (WDM Dowling) 50.54, 5. Nick Cavanah (LM) 51.13, 10. Ethan Ford (CRW) 53.46, 11. Gus Grimstad (Decorah) 53.64, 21. Caleb Coons (ICH) 55.02, 24. Sean Casey (CRK) 56.85.

100 breaststroke - 1. Forrest Frazier (ICH) 55.17, 2. Dylan Jones (Keokuk) 57.94, 3. Jacob McCredie (PV) 59.05, 14. Max Novetzke (CRW) 1:02.02, 18 Tate Happel (ICW) 1:02.39, 20. Val Trussov (ICW) 1:02.56.

400 free relay - 1. Bettendorf 3:05.10; 2. Ankeny 3:06.13, 3. Waukee 3:07.13, 6. Linn-Mar (Cooper Callahan, Aiden Carstensen, Alex Cochrane, Nick Cavanah) 3:13.41 11. C.R. Washington (James Breitbart, Zach Kolker, Jeremy Throndson, Mitchell Hause) 3:15.90 14. Iowa City West (Kirk Brotherton, Nikolas Sung, Izaak Hajek, Tate Happel) 3:18.44, C.R. Kennedy (Sean Casey, Zach Johansen, Conlin Byers, Reese Manternach) DQ.

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