Molacek Sets Four Meet Records 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

The 2017 Region VIII Spring Sectionals came to an end Sunday night.

Another record fell in Missouri as Greater Omaha Aquatics, Jacob Molacek, who has broken a total of 4 records, (100 fly, 100 back, 100 free, 50 free) finished the 100-yard freestyle with a lifetime best of 42.38.  Molacek previously held the meet record (43.92) which he set in 2014.

Molacek swam at Auburn University.  After two seasons, Molacek returned home to Omaha to train with former coach Tom Beck of Greater Omaha Aquatics.  Molacek will return to collegiate swimming next fall at North Carolina State University.

Michael Andrew swam to a victory in the 200-yard butterfly touching at 1:46.31. Andrew set a new meet record beating the time of 1:46.82, previously held by Harri Garmendia of SIU. Andrew set a total of 3 new meet records this weekend (200 butterfly,200 IM, 100 breaststroke).

Dane Florea, from Columbia Swim Club touched first in the 1650 freestyle with the time of 15:21.17 setting a new meet record.  Florea finished over 20 seconds ahead of his competitors.  Florea had top 3 finishes this weekend in the: 400-yard IM (1st), 200-yard IM (2nd), 500-yard freestyle (3rd), 200-yard fly (2nd).

Other First Place Finishers

  • 15-year-old Astrid Dirkzwager of Wichita Swim Club, finished the 200-yard backstroke at 1:58.63 winning by over 2 seconds.
  • Felipe Ramirez of Oklahoma Baptist University, swam to a first place finish touching at 1:46.63. Ramirez is a four-time NCAA Division II champion.
  • Iliana Jones closed her meet winning another sprint freestyle race. The University of Missouri swimmer touched at 50.46.
  • The Women’s 200-yard butterfly was won by Azra Avdic of University of Missouri. Avdic touched with the time of 1:59.15 finishing over 2 seconds ahead of her competition.
  • Liberty Howell finished the 1650 freestyle with the time of 16:48.20 just out-touching Alexis Daniels (16:48.50).

Top 5 Team Score:


  1. Columbia Swim Club-754.5
  2. Kansas City Blazers-583.66
  3. CSP Tideriders-560
  4. Unattached Missouri Valley- 277 4. Lincoln Select Swimming- 422
  5. Rockwood Swim Club-392.16


  1. Oklahoma Baptist University-549
  2. Columbia Swim Club- 466
  3. Empire KC Swim Club- 387
  4. Greater Omaha Aquatics-342.5
  5. Rockwood Swim Club-334



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Andrew 1:46 200 fly is pretty surprising


Didn’t he go 1:45 a few years ago? Does he have the 13/14 NAG record?


Neat, meaningless statistic: Molacek’s personal bests in each of his 100s (42.38 free, 46.91 back, 52.45 breast, 45.59 fly) would combine for a 3:07.33 400 IM.

Obviously there’s not much meaning to a statistic like this, but I don’t think there are many men who could crack 3:10 in that field. Really impressive stuff.


Have to imagine with those 4 times he’d be able to put up a pretty impressive 200 IM


Jacob won the b final at SECs with a 143.7 in the 200 IM his freshman year. I believe that’s his best time but it should be much faster than that now considering his recent time drops.


I got Lochte at 3:05.88 (46.02 fly/44.60 back/53.27 breast/41.99 free)
Phelps 3:06.9 (44.91 fly/45.5 back/54.56 breast (I couldn’t find ANY sc 100 br, converted this one)/41.93 free)
Couldn’t find anything for Clary or Dwyer.
Michael Andrew 3:09.2 (46.23 fly/47.33 back/51.75 breast/43.9 free) The interesting story here is Andrew going sub 3:10 off the sheer strength of his 100 breast, as his back and free especially are much slower than everyone else mentioned.


This started really interesting me, and I decided to find out who the absolute fastest swimmer is based on the aggregate of 100yd races. Dressel I could not find a 100 back for, but he did a 21.75 50 last October. So conservatively putting 48.0. Morozov only had a 100 fly from high school. If there are other swimmers that might be in the sub-3:10 crew, let me know.

Dressel: 3:04.5 44.2 fly, 51.88 breast, (conservative 48 100 bk), and 40.46 100 fr.

Morozov: 3:07.43 47.97 fly/46.69 back/52.01 breast/40.76 fr.


Roland Schoeman did a lot of short course racing in his early 30s and his four bests add up to 3:08.50(45.51,48.51,52.17,42.31). Pretty impressive for an “old” man


That’s extremely conservative for Dressel’s 100 back. Given his underwaters and overall swimming skills — I’d be stunned if he couldn’t go :46, or more likely, :45. Just checking the USA swimming database, he swam 2x last fall, probably after a long post-Rio layoff. Went 48.49 in a UF dual meet in 10/28/2016 and 48.64 on 10/13/16. At those same meets, he went “only” 47.3 and 47.6 100 fly — i.e., a full 3 seconds off his best. That would suggest he could be 45.5 in back. 46.0 would be a very safe and reasonable prediction. That would put him at 3:02.5. Nobody is going to touch that. There’s a reason why Dressel has been 1:42 in IM in a… Read more »

Stan Crump

Cool Stuff. Not a bad way to compare or rank IMers.

jay ryan

Nolan 44.78 back, 51.18 (breast relay split from NCAA) + 0.7RT, 45.32 fly, 42.38 free = 3:04.36

jay ryan

Also, Matt Grevers, pretty good at that game.

Grevers 44.48 bk, 55.27 br (relay split at Northwestern pre Xmas invite + 0.7RT), 44.94 fl, 41.35 fr = 3:06.74


Best SCY breast i could find for Phelps – 53.41 Probably could have managed at least low to mid 52 rested…


Seliskar did all of these times in HIGH SCHOOL:
46.13 fly (2015), 46,89 back (2014), 51.78 breast (2015), 43.19 free (2015) — 3:07.99


who would win the 200 game? Kalisz?

jay ryan

Phelps wins the 200 game hands down!! 1:39.72 back, 1:56.90 breast, 1:39.65 Fly, 1:32.08 free.
His LC times are even better. 1:54.65 Back, 2:11.30 Breast, 1:51.51 Fly, 1:42.96 free.
World class in all events. One might argue the 2:11 but that is certainly good enough to have been on National teams of late.

Lochte 1:36.81 back, 2:03.52 (we know he can do better than that); 1:42.39 Fly, 1:32.40 free
LC 1:52.96, 2:20.61, 2:01.19, 1:44.44

Kalisz does not have a tapered SCY 200 back or free, and in LC Phelps wins them all anyway.
LC 2:01.98, 2:12.43, 1:56.48, 1:49.98

Thiago Pereira is good in the LC game, too. 1:57.19, 2:10.79, 1:57.27, 1:46.57, but no one is close to Phelps

phelps swims 200 breast rio

Wonder what Lochte could have done for a 200 LC 200 fly had he trained for it back in 2011/2012.


Anyone willing to add up the LC 100’s? I imagine Phelps wins given 3 elite strokes and Br being pretty fast too.


Seliskar wins the 200 SCY game.


Exactly — Seliskar should be a major factor in this discussion — he has no weak stroke

jay ryan

Agree, I forgot. He is especially good at 200’s.

Tom Beck

Jacob you are sooooo amazing!!

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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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