FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — In his inaugural meet as a member of the Omaha Creighton Prep swimming team, Jacob Molacek made one of the best first impressions in state history.
By the time the junior finished his program Saturday at the Kentridge Invitational at the King County Aquatic Center, Molacek’s name was on The World-Herald’s all-time charts in four events.
Molacek, who until this year has been home-schooled, now is No. 2 all-time in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle races and No. 6 in the 100 butterfly. His times in the 50 and 100 came as the leadoff swimmer on the Junior Jays’ 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that debuted at No. 5 all-time in both events.
Because of Nebraska School Activities Association transfer rules, Molacek had to sit out the first 90 days of this school year before he was eligible to compete for Prep. Junior Jays coach Tom Beck said it was worth the wait as Prep won the 41-team meet by scoring 750 points, more than 300 ahead of second place Mercer Island, Wash.
“We see him do incredible things on a very consistent basis in practice,” Beck said. “It was a big relief to let him actually compete at a meet. He obviously was very ready to go.”
Molacek’s first event was the 200 free. His winning time of 1:39.51 put him second all-time and just 0.27 seconds off the oldest state record, the 1:39.24 by Chuck Sharpe of Omaha Westside in 1977.
Then came Molacek’s second individual event win, a 49.92 in the 100 butterfly. That puts him sixth all-time, exactly one second behind state record holder Ryan Bubb of Lincoln East.
Molacek then led off Prep’s winning 200 freestyle relay with a 20.53 split, a time that leaves him only behind state record holder David Morrow of Norfolk, who went 20.45 in 1997.
Prep won that event in 1:25.46, a time that trails on the best marks by Junior Jays teams from 2009 through 2012.
Molacek’s final swim was leading off Prep’s winning 400 free relay, which also featured Sean Tate, Ryan Tate and Mike Bauwens, in 45.19. Only the state record of 44.51 set by Ryan Miksch of Columbus in 2012 is ahead of Molacek on the all-time chart.
“The fact that he got lifetime best times in every swim in the middle of the season is pretty good,” Beck said.
Other Prep winners were Sean Tate in the 50 freestyle (21.22), the 200 medley relay team of Andrew Hansen, Szymmy Day, Ryan Tate and Carter Deras in 1:38.55, and Day in the 100 breaststroke in 59.06. Sean Tate also was second in the 100 free (46.90) and Alex Penrice was second to Day in the 100 breaststroke in 59.45.
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Omaha Skutt Invitational
The Elkhorn/Elkhorn South boys and Omaha Marian girls won team titles Saturday in the Omaha Skutt Invitational at Ralston.
There were six meet records bettered in the boys meet, including four by the Stormin' Antlers, who won the 12-team meet by outscoring Council Bluffs Lewis Central 327-256. The Titans won five of the eight individual events and one relay.
The 3:22.76 by Elkhorn's 400 freestyle relay quartet of Michael Mollak, Jesse Holmes, Willy Morris and Nick Kirklin was their season best and moved the Stormin' Antlers into third on the season leaders list behind Omaha Creighton Prep and Millard South.
Marian edged Elkhorn/Elkhorn South 286-245 to win the girls team title over 10 other teams. As was the case with the boys race, the Crusaders earned the championship with their depth as they won just one event — Alexa Gross touching first in the 200 freestyle in 2:00.83.
Team scoring: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South 327, Council Bluffs Lewis Central 256, Ralston/Omaha Gross 236, Omaha Skutt/Elkhorn Mt. Michael 137, Omaha North 89, Omaha Brownell-Talbot/Omaha Concordia/Omaha Roncalli 85, Lincoln Pius X 83, Omaha Benson 63, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 44, Beatrice/Norris/Fairbury 22, South Sioux City 15, Omaha South 8.
Event winners: 200-yard medley relay: Council Bluffs Lewis Central (Caleb Shudak, R.J. Hemmingsen, Brandon Farnum, Spencer Smith), 1:43.62. 200 freestyle: Ryan Price, CBLC, 1:51.35. 200 individual medley: Michael Mollak, E/ES, 2:01.50 (meet record, betters 2:02.36 by Garrett Cadotte, Ralston/Omaha Gross, 2012). 50 freestyle: Farnum, 22.09. 1-meter diving: William Gottsch, E/ES, 438.60. 100 butterfly: Hemmingsen, 52.73 (meet record, betters 55.34 by Andrew Nelson, Beatrice, 2011). 100 freestyle: Farnum, 49.23. 500 freestyle: Mollak, 4:54.81 (meet record, betters 4:58.18 by Andrew Nelson, Beatrice, 2009). 200 freestyle relay: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (Mollak, Nick Kirklin, Jesse Holmes, Willy Morris) 1:32.37 (meet record, betters 1:32.98 by Ralston/Omaha Gross, 2008). 100 backstroke: Shudak, 54.99 (meet record, betters 55.91 by Andrew Nelson, Beatrice, 2011). 100 breaststroke: Garrett Cadotte, Ralston/Omaha Gross, 1:02.00 (meet record, betters 1:04.53 by John Overman, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 2011). 400 freestyle relay: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (Mollak, Holmes, Morris, Kirklin), 3:22.76 (meet record, betters 3:27.22 by Ralston/Omaha Gross, 2009).
Team scoring: Omaha Marian 286, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South 245, Omaha Duchesne 216, Omaha Skutt 185, Ralston/Omaha Gross 159, Beatrice/Norris/Fairbury 135, Omaha Benson 34, Omaha North 32, Omaha Brownell-Talbot/Omaha Concordia/Omaha Mercy/Omaha Roncalli 26, South Sioux City 16, Omaha South 14.
Event winners: 200-yard medley relay: Omaha Duchesne (BreighAnne Lawrence, Jennelle Jarrett, Emily Young, Fiona Raynor), 1:54.99. 200 freestyle: Alexa Gross, Marian, 2:00.83. 200 individual medley: Lawrence, 2:16.44. 50 freestyle: Bryn Lohrberg, E/ES, 25.30. 1-meter diving: Elizabeth Howorth, E/ES, 431.65 points. 100 butterfly: Colleen Bernal, Skutt, 1:01.56. 100 freestyle: Lohrberg, 55.39. 500 freestyle: Ashley Bowen, E/ES, 5:23.20. 200 freestyle relay: Omaha Duchesne (Jarrett, Lawrence, Young, Raynor), 1:42.69. 100 backstroke: Lawrence, 1:01.65. 100 breaststroke: Lauren Pavel, Skutt, 1:09.04. 400 freestyle relay: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (Lohrberg, Karlie Schaphorst, Kari Bolamperti, Bowen), 3:46.24.
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Millard North Girls Invitational
Erin Oeltjen won four gold medals to lead Millard West to the championship of the Millard North girls invitational.
The Wildcats won the 14-team meet with 310 points, 96 of those coming from winning all three relays. Lincoln Southwest edged Millard North 193-185 for second place.
Oeltjen won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.13 — 0.12 seconds off her state-leading time — and the 100 backstroke in 59.26. That time is only 0.13 seconds off that season chart-topping time.
Wildcats coach Tracy Stauffer said the work put in by Oeltjen since last year's state meet is starting pay off during the toughest stretch of the season.
“The times are good but we're more happy with how she's swimming,” Stauffer said. “She's taking advantage of every chance to swim against good competition.”
The other double gold medalist was Columbus junior Laura Miksch, who won the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints.
Team scoring: Millard West 310, Lincoln Southwest 193, Millard North 185, Omaha Burke 161, Lincoln East 141, Lincoln Southeast 96, Columbus 86, Papillion-La Vista/Papillion-La Vista South 71, Lincoln Pius X 51, Norfolk 50, Millard South 22, Omaha Central 12, Bellevue East 9, Bellevue West 8.
Event winners: 200-yard medley relay: Millard West (Tara Goss, Erin Oeltjen, Brooke Stilmock, Katherine McGinn), 1:53.07. 200 freestyle: Mary Kate Luddy, MN, 1:58.30. 200 individual medley: Sophia Nelson, LSW, 2:12.69. 50 freestyle: Laura Miksch, Columbus, 24.61. 1-meter diving: Macy Palmer, LE, 358.85 points. 100 butterfly: Oeltjen, 58.13. 100 freestyle: Miksch, 55.26. 500 freestyle: Aimee Fischer, LSW, 5:15.42. 200 freestyle relay: Millard West (Oeltjen, Grace Mueller, Taylor Korte, McGinn), 1:41.65. 100 backstroke: Oeltjen, 59.26. 100 breaststroke: Nelson, 1:09.75. 400 freestyle relay: Millard West (Shea Marcinski, Stilmock, Korte, Goss), 3:44.30.
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