BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
IOWA CITY – Holy Trinity Catholic’s Jacob Mohrfeld garnered a top five finish in the 100 breaststroke at the Iowa State Swim Meet Saturday in Iowa City.
Mohrfeld recorded a 58.54 in the 100 breaststroke, 5.39 seconds off the pace of Forrest Frazier of Iowa City High, whose 53.15 qualified him for All-American status. Mohrfeld, who swims for the Burlington Grayhounds, earned 14 team points for the finish.
Keokuk’s Dylan Jones was third in the event with a 57.38, earning the Keokuk team 16 points. Jones also tied for 11th in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 1:56.73.
Mohrfeld said past experiences at the state tournament helped him keep perspective on the day.
“I’ve been to state the past two years so that experience helps,” he said. “I just kept thinking that this was my last high school event so I wanted to focus on that.”
Having Olympic-bound Frazier several lanes down in his heat in the 100 breaststroke didn’t intimidate Mohrfeld.
“He isn’t within reach. He’s in USA Swimming with me and I’ve seen at him at other events, so I don’t focus on him, I just go and try to compete with everyone else.”
Mohrfeld said his future plans include swimming and he said he still has YMCA state and regionals to focus on in Iowa. He’s also involved with the USA Futures Championships and that usually requires some travel.
The HTC senior competed at the Speedo™ Championships held in Minneapolis last year and had times good enough to qualify for the USA Futures events.
“That’s pretty serious there. They have some really fast swimmers and they divide the whole country into four sections.”
Mohrfeld also competed in 200 meter freestyle and finished 21st with a time of 1:47.83.
The Burlington team of Wyatt Hellman, Colby Geiger, Taden Jameson, and Mohrfeld took 17th in the 200 meter freestyle relay, one position out of the points.
In the men’s 400 freestyle, Hellman, Logan Crank, Jameson, and Mohrfeld took 23rd place with a time of 3:27.32.