BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Fort Madison’s Jacob Mohrfeld took three titles and set a state YMCA record over the weekend.
Mohrfeld’s just a couple weeks out from placing at the Iowa High School Swim meet where he took 5th place among the state’s best in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The 16-year-old junior from Holy Trinity Catholic set the new state mark in the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 27.93 in the 15-21 age group, a full three seconds in front of the second place swimmer.
He also took the title in the 100 breast at 1:00.88 and the 200 breast at 2:17.66.
Kadence Gobble captured a third-place finish with a time of 38:05 for another top five finish for the Fort Madison YMCA Sailfish.
Mohrfeld said his goal was to win his three events and set at least one state record. He accomplished all those feats. He knows his times well, because at the IHSAA meet two weeks ago he said he wanted a top five finish in the 100 and he finished 5th.
He said his confidence is much higher at the YMCA events, but as he gets older, he prefers the competition at the high school level.
“I feel more confident at YMCA, but I like the high school competition better. I have a better feeling there. After each event, they call names individually and you get a podium,” he said.
He’s not sure if he’s going to continue to swim YMCA level or move to more involvement with the Eastern Iowa USA team out of Cedar Rapids.
“They have a group in Burlington that is associated with the same team out of Cedar Rapids and I’ve been training with them,” he said.
“It’s new to Burlington and it’s a pretty good team. I haven’t competed yet, but I’ve trained with them in the past and, once I’m done with the Y, I may do more with them.”
But Mohrfeld said he hasn’t decided yet which direction he will go next year.
“The YMCA allows you to swim until you’re 21, but most kids don’t swim Y after high school. Next year, if I decide to do Y again, it will be my last year, but if I do, my goal will be to break that mark and maybe set other records in the other events.”
He’s been swimming with the YMCA since he was five and has been competing at events around the state since he was six years old.