Ames Claims Iowa Boys HS State Victory; Two State Records Fall

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The 2018 Iowa Boys High School State Championships splashed into action today in Iowa City, Iowa at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC).

Ames High School claimed a narrow victory over West Des Moines Valley with a final score of 221 to 220 points. The competition continued to narrow from there as the boys from Ankeny and Bettendorf tied for third overall with matching scores of 166.5 points.

Ames began their push towards victory with an early win in the 200 medley relay as the team of Ethan Johnson (24.33), Dalton Lillibridge (25.42), Misho Mahrous (23.26), and Nick Matthews (20.82) posted a 1:33.83. Iowa City High claimed second in the relay with a 1:34.28, while West Des Moines valley was third with a 1:34.49.

Jackson Allmon of Lewis Central claimed the first individual victory of the day with a top showing in the 200 free. The senior charged to a time of 1:41.31 to earn automatic All-America status. Fort Dodge’s Andrew Fierke took second overall with a 1:40.91, followed by Dowling Catholic’s Nick Chase (1:41.06).

Bettendorf’s Caleb Aman collected gold in the 200 IM with a top showing of 1:50.49, earning himself a consideration for All-America status. Cameron Linder of Waukee grabbed second with a time of 1:53.30, just ahead of Johnston’s Scott Lair’s 1:54.06.

Jacob Keller of West Des Moines Valley (WDMV) dashed to the only sub-21 second finish in the men’s 50 free, stopping the clock at a top finish of 20.75 for All-America consideration. Pleasant Valley’s Kevin Burke posted a 21.11 for second overall, followed by Waukee’s Mitchell Pollitt’s 21.37.

Iowa City High’s Forrest Frazier led the 100 fly final from start-to-finsh, claiming gold with a time of 49.10. Dalton Lillibridge of Ames took second overall with a 50.49, just ahead of Linn-Mar’s Matt Peng and his time of 50.60.

Allmon (Lewis Central) collected his second individual win of the day with a top showing in the men’s 100 free with a time of 45.61. Keller (WDMV) added a silver medal to his collection with a 45.92 showing, while Bettendorf’s Charlie Bunn turned in a 46.60 for third.

Dylan Moffatt of Cedar Falls surged past the competition and on towards a new state record in the 500 free. The sophomore posted a dominating 4:27.77 to earn automatic All-America status and down Cameron Kelley’s 2016 record of 4:29.96. Ankeny freshman Trent Frandson grabbed second in the 500 free with a 4:32.42, followed by Fort Dodge’s Andrew Fierke’s 4:32.94.

The Bettendorf boys dashed ahead of the competition in the 200 free relay to earn automatic All-America status. The quad of Bunn (21.42), Luke Nickles (22.11), Andrew Ottavianelli (20.90), and Aman (20.39) posted a final time of 1:24.82. West Des Moines Valley earned second place with a 1:25.17, followed by Ankeny’s 1:26.13.

Nick Chase of Dowling Catholic claimed gold in the 100 back with a 49.48 to earn automatic All-America status. Bettendorf’s Aman, fresh off a relay victory, collected second overall with a 50.81, while West Des Moines Valley’s Evan Porter added a third place finish of 51.24.

The 100 breast saw yet another state record fall as Iowa City High’s Forrest Frazier demolished the 2003 record of 55.69 with a 54.16. Ames’ Lillibridge turned in a 56.78 for second overall, followed by Decorah’s Noah Faldet’s 57.36.

West Des Moines Valley dominated the final relay of the day: the 400 free relay. Gregg Lichinsky (47.76), Evan Porter (47.22), Casey Bach (46.31), and Jacob Keller (45.58) posted a final time of 3:06.87 to finish more than four seconds ahead of the competition. Ames added a second place finish of 3:10.96, collecting enough points to hold off West Des Moines Valley from the win. Ankeny rounded out the final relay with a time of 3:11.15.

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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