Blueseventy Swim of the Week: Molacek Not Wasting Time In Redshirt Year


Disclaimer: BlueSeventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The BlueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.

A high school standout, Jacob Molacek swam two years at Auburn before leaving the program and returning home. But Molacek isn’t wasting any time in his mid-college gap year. The 21-year-old blew up last weekend for a host of big swims competing for Greater Omaha Aquatics.

Probably most impressive was Molacek’s 19.08 in the 50 free. That accounts for a drop of .38 seconds from his best swim ever, and would put him in A final contention at next week’s NCAA Championships if he were swimming college this season. Resurfacing next year with the NC State Wolfpack, Molacek should be a major national factor – his time from last week would tie for 8th on the men’s NCAA psych sheets.

Molacek also went 42.38 in the 100 free. That’s a lifetime-best by a half-second over the 42.8 he put up as a freshman at Auburn and would also put him inside the top 16 on the NCAA psych sheets.

And while he was primarily known as a breaststroker and sprint freestyer, Molacek also showed some incredible versatility, going 45.59 in the 100 fly, 46.91 in the 100 back and leading off the 800 free relay in 1:35.12. Each of those swims was a win and a major lifetime-best.



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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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