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LINCOLN, Nebraska, March 3. ONE national high school record and five state marks were lowered during the Nebraska High School Swimming Championships February 27-March 1 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
The national high school record was set by Creighton Prep's Jacob Molacek in the 100 breast prelims. The Auburn-bound senior's 52.92 was the first sub-53 second swim ever performed by a high school swimmer. That time obliterated both the national mark set by Andrew Seliskar (53.24p) two weeks ago, and the state standard of 56.10 by David Anderson from 1998. Molacek also bettered the previous state record in the 200 IM by William Raynor two years ago (1:56.41) with his 1:45.50 prelim swim. He came back in finals with a 1:45.70.
See video of Molacek's record setting swim
Creighton Prep junior Sean Tate swept the sprint freestyle races for the second consecutive year. This year, Tate posted a 20.81 in the 50 free and 45.38 in the 100 free. Vladislav Blazhievskiy, a junior at Lincoln Southwest, also repeated as champion with his 4:39.21 in the 500 free. Ralston senior Garrett Cadotte was this year's 100 fly champion (49.52), also having won the event in 2012.
Michael Mollak, a junior at Elkhorn, completed the 200 free in a winning 1:41.19. Grand Island freshman Matthew Novinski captured the 100 back in 52.09.
Creighton Prep lowered state records the team had set previously in both freestyle relays. The 200 free relay of 1:22.31 cleared the 1:23.45 recorded by last year's squad, and the 400 free relay of 3:02.23 bettered the 3:05.49 from Creighton Prep's 2010 team. Elkhorn spoiled a Creighton Prep trifecta with their 1:35.02-1:35.60 victory in the 200 medley relay.
Creighton Prep earned their eighth straight victory with 451 points to Lincoln Southwest's 247. In a tight battle for third, Lincoln East won out with 169 points to Burke's 164 and Millard West's 160.
Lincoln Southwest freshman Dannie Dilsaver began her high school championship career by setting the only state record on the girls' side. Her 2:01.91 in the prelims of the 200 IM bettered Karen Criss' 2006 time of 2:03.56. Dilsaver came back in finals to claim victory in 2:02.81.
Columbus senior Laura Miksch became a three-time event champion in the 50 free with this year's effort of 23.48, and placed first in the 100 free in 52.36. Miksch finished ahead of Dilsaver's 52.47 in the 100 free, and touched just ahead of Lincoln Southwest freshman Olivia Calegan's 23.45 in the 50 free. Calegan went on to victory in the 100 breast (1:04.02).
Westside's Elizabeth Amato-Hanner also captured two events. The sophomore was tops in both the 200 free (1:51.85) and 100 back (56.84).
Burke junior Dana Posthuma's 55.32 earned her the 100 fly title this year; Mary Luddy, a Millard North senior, swam to a 5:07.03 first-place finish in the 500 free.
Lincoln schools grabbed first in all three relays. Southwest prevailed in the 200 medley relay over Millard North, 1:47.55 to 1:47.68. Southwest swept the freestyle relays (200 free, 1:35.73; 400 free, 3:32.84).
Lincoln Southwest claimed their first-ever girls championship triumph, scoring 332 points to Marian's 232. Burke finished just one-half point ahead of Millard West for third, 207.5 to 207. Westside came in fifth with 187 points.
Results: High School State Championships: Nebraska