MARION — For the first time in five years, Iowa City West is the best.
The Trojans’ boys’ swimming team won five of 11 events, scored 397 total points and claimed the Mississippi Valley Conference team title for the first time since 2014 on Monday at Linn-Mar Aquatic Center.
“It means a lot,” West Coach Byron Butler said. “It’s a testament not only to our top guys, but to our depth. In every single race, we had guys step up in kind of unconventional races for them.”
West was led by junior Izaak Hajek, a two-time state qualifier in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. Hajek posted the first individual win for the Trojans with a time of 1:59.27 in the 200 IM, then later broke the MVC record with a blistering time of 51.09 seconds in the 100 fly.
“That was kind of a goal last year that I set knowing that I could get there,” said Hajek, who was named MVC Athlete of the Year. “It’s just really cool to see that come true. I was just really happy about that.”
West also received two individual wins from junior James Printer in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Printer, a self-described “Army brat,” transferred to West from La Crosse Wis., the sixth move of his young life.
“I had a really easy transition,” Pinter said. “All thanks to my Coach Byron Butler and also a really accepting team that was ready to swim fast and work super hard. I think that has really showed with this title now. We’ve all really come together, really worked hard this season and we set some really high goals. We’re finally hitting them and they’re all coming to fruition.”
The addition of Pinter has given Butler a reliable sprinter to insert into the backstroke portion of the 200 medley relay, while moving Hajek to his customary butterfly leg. That combination, along with senior Val Trussov and junior Michael Kimball, proved victorious as West started the meet with a medley relay win.
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“It just adds a layer of depth,” Butler said. “In a dual-meet setting, we can put him anywhere we need him and usually count on him to get a win or at least a second. … He has helped us fill in some gaps in some spots.”
Cedar Rapids Washington placed second in the team race with 283 points, led by a 50 free title from James Breitbart. Linn-Mar won two relays (200 free, 400 free) and finished fourth (270 points).
Sophomore Isaac Weigel claimed an individual title in the 200 free for Iowa City High. The Little Hawks were seventh in the team standings and competed without returning two-event state champion Forrest Frazier, who did warm up.
At Linn-Mar Aquatic Center
Teams — 1. Iowa City West 397, 2. Cedar Rapids Washington 283, 3. Cedar Falls 282, 4. Linn-Mar 270, 5. Dubuque Hempstead 236, 6. Dubuque Senior 197, 7. Iowa City High 125, 8. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 95.5, 9. Waterloo Swim Team 76, 10. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 68.5.
200 medley relay — 1. Iowa City West (James Pinter, Val Trussov, Izaak Hajek, Michael Kimball), 1:39.46; 2. Cedar Falls (Dylan Moffatt, Devin Myhr, Dawson Bremner, Matt Durbin), 1:42.06; 3. Dubuque Senior (Gavin Hall, Connor Sindt, Will Colin, Pierce Casper), 1:43.44.
200 freestyle — Isaac Weigel (ICH), 1:46.18; 2. Cooper Callahan (LM), 1:46.67; 3. Jeremy Throndson (CRW), 1:47.58.
200 yard individual medley — 1. Izaak Hajek (ICW), 1:59.27; 2. Aiden Carstensen (LM), 1:59.33; 3. Benson Redfern (CF), 2:05.33.
50 freestyle — 1. James Breitbart (CRW), 22.44; 2. Drew Simmons (CRJ), 22.67; 3. Michael Kimball (ICW), 22.78.
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100 butterfly — 1. Izaak Hajek (ICW), 51.09—*; 2. Dawson Bremner (CF), 53.49; 3. Aiden Carstensen (LM), 54.68.
100 freestyle — 1. James Pinter (ICW), 47.68; 2. Drew Simmons (CRJ), 49.86; 3. James Breitbart (CRW), 49.88.
500 freestyle — Dylan Moffatt (CF), 4:37.67; 2. Cooper Callahan (Linn-Mar), 4:48.86; 3. Isaac Weigel (Iowa City High), 4:50.16.
200 freestyle relay — 1. Linn-Mar (Aiden Carstensen, Cooper Callahan, Daniel Medin, Nick Cavanah), 1:29.08. 2. Iowa City West (Kirk Brotherton, Val Trussov, Izaak Hajek, Jamez Pinter), 1:29.46; 3. Cedar Rapids Washington (Jeremy Throndson, Grady Wheeler, Mitchell Hause, James Breitbart), 1:31.59.
100 backstroke — 1. James Pinter (ICW), 52.60; 2. Dylan Moffatt (CF), 53.35; 3. Nick Cavanah (LM), 54.36.
100 breaststroke — 1. Tate Billmeyer (DH), 1:03.85; 2. Pierce Casper (DS), 1:04.11; 3. Tate Happel (ICW), 1:04.29.
400 freestyle relay — Linn-Mar (Aiden Carstensen, Cooper Callahan, Alex Cochrane, Nick Cavanah), 3:19.31; 2. Cedar Falls (Jared Mattson, Matt Durbin, Benson Redfern, Dylan Moffatt), 3:19.40; 3. Cedar Rapids Washington (Jeremy Throndson, Zach Kolker, Mitchell Hause, Devon Pirrie), 3:24.75.
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