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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4 years ago

19.0 50, 45.5 100 fly? NC State is getting richer this coming fall. Really impressive stuff from Molacek, can’t wait to see what he can do in Raleigh.

Reply to  NCSwimFan
4 years ago

Indeed. And although I have zero personal knowledge, it would not be surprising if NCST is getting him at a scholarship “discount” — what a pickup.

4 years ago

Isn’t this guy a solid 100 breaststroke swimmer too?

Ex Quaker
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
4 years ago

He’s been an interesting case. Struggled in the breaststrokes at Auburn, and now he’s moving to NC State with a newfound passion for the sport. It’ll be interesting to see what he ends up swimming.

Reply to  Ex Quaker
4 years ago

Especially cuz Hren’s a senior this year, it seems likely NCS would want him to do breaststroke, but that seemed to be part of his unhappiness with swimming. Hope they find something that works for both of them.

jay ryan
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
4 years ago

Molacek set the national HS record in the 100 Breast in 2014 with a 52.92, and he went 52.4 as a freshman at AUB in 2015.

4 years ago

As a big fan of Jacob, I think he has the ultimate potential to compete for an individual title at NCAA’s. His top end speed and versatility are reminiscent of Dressel, and his feel for the water is incredible to watch. Auburn didn’t recognize the true talent they had on their hands. NC State is lucky to have such a great swimmer and an even better person joining their team. #MolaMadness$$$

rory connell
Reply to  WET NOODLE
4 years ago

uh oh….I hope coach Hawke isn’t reading. it seems im not the only one that thinks Auburn has lost its luster. careful wet noodle, Big Bad Brett, may try to come after you w insults like he does w me to no avail.

Good for Molacek!

4 years ago

The story is Kevin Callan who as a 17 yo dropped a combined 12.5″ off the 200 & 500 free records. He has a year to drop 2″ and replace Phelps’s 5 free NAG. That is that is if he gets there before Kibler.

Reply to  Aquaman
4 years ago

For perspective his time in the 500 was 2.79″ faster than Haas

Reply to  Aquaman
4 years ago

Patrick Callan is now the fastest 17 year-old in the 500 and tied for the top spot in the 200. He is 2.73 off Phelps’ NAG in the 17-18 500, which is .27 per 50; and .47 per 50 in the 200 record held by Maxime Rooney. Put together a few factors that could make that happen: start, attack the turns, streamlines, a few more months of training. Consider that he has a full year of short-course meets to get these records: JV Juniors next week (not sure he’s going), Winter Juniors/Seniors, Spring Sectionals 2018, NTM high school regional and state meets in OK next February.

Patrick is a great kid, and is doing great stuff. His coach, Titus… Read more »

4 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
4 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
4 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.

Tom Beck
4 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!

4 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!!

Go Singapore
4 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
4 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. ☺

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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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