BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
IOWA CITY – Holy Trinity Catholic’s Jacob Mohrfeld said he was hoping to get a top five finish at the state swim meet on Saturday.
And then the junior who swims with the Burlington High School team in a shared program, went out and got a top five finish.
Mohrfeld, in essence, duplicated his state qualifying swim in the 100-yard freestyle with a :59.67 run at the University of Iowa Campus and Recreation Center.
Mohrfeld qualified with a :59.66 at the district meet in Cedar Rapids.
Iowa City’s Forrest Frazier, the favored swimmer in the meet, finished the swim at :55.17 seconds.
With Frazier in the adjacent lane, Mohrfeld said he couldn’t help but notice the front runner.
“Usually, I really don’t try to focus on that, but I could see him out ahead of me,” he said.
His goal going into this year’s high school season was to get a top eight time in the state and he said he was happy with the finish.
“Definitely, my goal going into the season was to get a top 8 placing at state. Getting fifth place is more than plenty ahead of that.”
Mohrfeld’s district time in the 100 was a BHS record and the first under a minute.
In the 200 individual medley race, Mohrfeld finished 22nd, but his third turn at a time of :34.25 was seventh fastest on the day.
He also swam on the 200-medley relay and the 200 individual relay, both of which BHS teams finished 18th of 24 teams. In the medley relay, the Grayhounds finished at 1:41.09. Mohrfeld’s :26.75 was the seventh fastest second leg of the event. Fellow HTC junior Wyatt Hellman swam the final leg at :23.05. Danville’s Kale Schuff and Central Lee’s Blake Wyrick also swam on both relay teams.
The Grayhounds finished at 1:30.65 in the freestyle medley with Mohrfeld on the first leg. Hellman swam the third leg at :22.98.
Mohrfeld said he’ll get small break now before training for the YMCA swim season where his state and district times have qualified him for the national meet.
“I’m not done with my season. I participate in the YMCA league. I’ve been doing that since I was five and I keep doing that. I’ll start training for state and regionals. There’s about three weeks to state, three weeks after that is the regional meet, and then the national event,” he said. “But my family and I haven’t discussed that far ahead yet.”
Mohrfeld said he comes from a family of non-swimmers.
“Both of my parents can’t swim. My dad (Matt) really knows how to train and stuff like that, but he can’t swim to save his life.”
Wyrick also competed in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. The senior lost .3 of a second off his district time in the 50 to finish 22nd out of 24. In the 100, he cut .4 seconds off his district time and finished with the 18th best time in the state.