Molacek Does it Again in Missouri

2017 Region VII Spring Sectionals

  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • March 9-12, 2017
  • Championship Central
  • Live results: Meet Mobile (search 2017 Region VIII Spring Sectionals

Day 3 of the 2017 Region VII Spring Sectional Championships was filled with more records falling.

Michael Andrew touched the wall at 1:43.27 in the 200-yard IM surpassing the meet record by over 4 seconds (1:48.70).  Andrew finished over 6 seconds faster than second place finisher Dane Florea (1:49.86). Last week at Pro Swim – Indianapolis Andrew broke the World Junior Record in the long course version of this race.

The women’s 50-yard freestyle was won by Iliana Jones from University of Missouri with the time of 22.91.  Jones tied the meet record held by Asian Games silver medalist Yekaterina  Rudekno from Kazakhstan.

Jacob Molacek had a remarkable night finishing the 50-yard freestyle with the time of 19.08. Molacek set a lifetime best, and swam to a new meet record which was previously held by Michael Andrew (19.85). Andrew’s finished second with the time of 19.31, also under the meet record.

Fernando Morillas, a 27-year-old, swam the 200-yard breaststroke to a first place finish with the time of 1:58.46.  Morillas swam to a new meet record by over a second (1:59.49) and finished over 2 second ahead of second place. Morillas is a swimmer from Oklahoma Baptist University, and is a NAIA Champion.

University of Missouri’s Kylie Dahlgren, finished the 100-yard backstroke with the time of 53.40 breaking the meet record by .08, as well as going a lifetime best.

The men’s 100-yard backstroke had the top 4 finishers touch under the meet record (48.14), in which Michael Andrew previous held.  Molacek was the top finisher with the time of 47.08. Molacek has broken a total  3 records this meet so far (100 fly, 100 back, 50 free).

Kevin Callan closed  day 3 with a 4:14.66 in the 500-yard freestyle beating a 12-year-old record by over 10 seconds.  The previous record held by Scott Goldblatt in 2005 (4:24.73).

Other First Place Finishers

  • Women’s 200-yard IM- Caroline Theil (2:01.14)
  • Women’s 500-yard Freestyle- Liberty Howell (4:58.81)
  • Women’s 200-yard Breaststroke- Hannah Newby (2:13.65)

Top 5 Team Scores


  1. Columbia Swim Club-506.5
  2. Kansas City Blazers-398.66
  3. CSP Tideriders-369
  4. Unattached Missouri Valley- 277 4. Lincoln Select Swimming-264
  5. Parkway Swim Club-239


  1. Columbia Swim Club-305
  2. Empire KC Swim Club-298
  3. Oklahoma Baptist University-298
  4. Greater Omaha Aquatics- 247.5
  5. Rockwood Swim Club-230

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5 years ago

How many years of eligibility does molacek have left?

Reply to  Cmon
5 years ago

He has 2 years left

Ex Quaker
5 years ago

This meet has been unbelievable. Kevin Callan now steps into the high school ring with people such as Drew Kibler, Grant House, and John Walker. 2020’s going to be a fun year.

5 years ago

What year of college is this guy going to be in?

Ex Quaker
Reply to  JJG
5 years ago

Redshirt junior, if I’m not mistaken.

5 years ago

It’s LiberTy Howell, with a “t” in the name.

Go Singapore
5 years ago

Wow! Look at these times! Can someone please tell me why he is a 21 year old competing against kids way younger than him? Is college too hard or something. He cute though

E Gamble
Reply to  Go Singapore
5 years ago

He’s an Auburn transfer I think…that’s why he’s older (21). He’s four years older than Michael Andrew to keep things in perspective. ☺

5 years ago

So incredibly happy for Mola! What an incredible athlete and even better friend. Can’t wait for what’s next with him at NC State!!

Tom Beck
5 years ago

I’m so proud of you jacob! Watching you swim today has been a true blessing and I am thankful to be your coach! Go wolf pack!

5 years ago

So NC state is gonna have an 18 second swimmer, a 19.08 freestyler, a 22 long course 50 freestyler and I’m sure they’ll do amazing things with Van Duesen NC state is gonna destroy the 4×50 free next year

Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

Don’t forget about Justin Ress. Split 18.8 and led off the 4 fr relay with 42.1 already this year. Callan needs to join this amazing free crew and win team national championships title.

Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

Don’t forget about Justin Ress, a 20.2 flat start 50 swimmer who split 18.8 on the relay at ACC’s. If he trains some sprint, watch out NCAA.

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Olivia McLain

My name is Olivia McLain and I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri.  I am currently a junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I am also on the UNO Women's Swim Team. I specialize in the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, and now that its allowed …

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