Mohrfeld takes three YMCA state titles

Fort Madison's Jacob Mohrfeld preparing for a turn in one of his races Saturday at the YMCA State Swim meet. Mohrfeld won three events and set a new YMCA state record in the 50 breaststroke. Photo courtesy of Veronica Weeks.
Kadence Gobble is in midstroke during the 50 fly at this weekend’s state YMCA swim meet. Photo courtesy of Veronica Weeks.


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.

Other top finishes of note include Gobble’s 5th in the 50 Free with a time of 32.69; and 10th in the 200M Free Relay with a time of 2:22.78.
Brynlee Dixon (8) placed 4th in the 25 Free with a time of 16.60; placed 7th in the 50 Free with a time of 38.16; placed 8th in the 25 Breast with a time of 24.82; and placed 10th in the 200M Free Relay with a time of 2:22.78. 
Olivia Kraus (12) placed 5th in the 50 Back with the time of 33.26; placed 16th in the 100 Free with the time of 1:05.87; and placed 6th in the 100 Back with the time of 1:14.43.
Abigail (Abby) Steffensmeier (9)  placed 10th in the 50 Breast with a time of 43.97; placed 10th in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:37.61; and placed 10th in the 200M Free Relay with a time of 2:22.78.
Isabella Patton (10) placed 10th in the 200M Free Relay with a time of 2:22.78.  
Max Dixon (8)  placed 16th in the 25 fly with a time of 23.21.
Karson Dixon (11) placed 18th in the 50 breast with a time of 41.66 and placed 15th in the 100 breast with a time of 1:31.89. 

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