The Mystery of the Molacek: Nebraska’s Newest HS Star

There is a new face on the Nebarska swimming scene. Jacob Molacek is ready to enter into the vernacular of swim geeks everywhere. The junior at Creighton Prep in Omaha, by far the state’s dominant team (6-straight State Championships), has been having a whale of a season: unlike any perhaps Nebraska swimming has ever seen.

This is Molacek’s first season of high school swimming, and even then he got a late jump on things. He has been homeschooled for his entire career and had to sit out of racing for 90 school days beginning this year. In mid-January, when Molacek made his high school debut at a travel meet in Seattle, Tom Beck said his energy could be felt by the team.

“He was, to put it mildly, extremely excited to swim in Seattle. His swims gave our team jolts of electricity throughout the meet.”

Molacek is the kind of swimmer that every high school coach dreams of. He has unreal versatility (think Ryan Murphy, giving up some on the backstroke and taking a lot on the breaststroke) that can help assembling relays in a big way.

At that first meet, the Kentridge Invitational, he won the 200 free in 1:39.51 and the 100 fly in 49.92, with only the rest of a travel day counteracted by Friday afternoon spent walking around the city. He also led off the two free relays with flat-starts of 20.58 (en route to a team 1:25.46) and 45.19 (en route to a 3:09.09), respectively. Creighton Prep was already anticipating a really good team this season, with sophomore twins Ryan and Sean Tate already capable of 46’s (or better) in their 100 freestyles.

Then, last week, at the Millard South Invitational, he thought he’d switch things up a little. He swam a 55.92 in the 100 breaststroke, which is unoficially an all-time State best (though in Nebraska, State Records can only be set at the State Meet). He broke the 1998 record set by David Anderson.

Molacek also led off the 200 medley relay in 23 seconds, and split a 20.05 to anchor their 200 free relay, totally unrested. Without even tapering yet, Molacek has gone 5 best times this season and is within striking distance of State Meet Records in all 5 events, depending on which he swims; based upon that medley relay split, he could probably go after the 100 back mark as well.

And with a young team (they return all of their top freestylers), they’re going to put up some really impressive relay times in 2014. With continued development, this could be a 400 free relay next season that approaches the three-minute barrier.

The Nebraska State Championship meet will be Thursday, February 21st through Saturday, February 23rd in Lincoln.

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CraigH
8 years ago

“With continued development, this could be a 400 free relay next season that approaches the three-minute barrier.”

I remember when this was unheard of. Before Bolle’s School completely warped my mind.

State Champ
8 years ago

Most anticipated race of the season will be when Jacob squares off against Glover in the 100 back. Jacob is the clear favorite.

JacobSwimFan
Reply to  State Champ
8 years ago

my guess is they won’t swim against each other at state.

Reply to  JacobSwimFan
8 years ago

It would be more epic than the Raynor-Glover race was last year though. Definitely going to try to make it down there for State again this year. It’s so much more nerve racking being a spectator than a swimmer.

Anonymous
8 years ago

As a current Millard South parent, I would like nothing better than for Jacob to win the 100 back. There’s been alot of animosity between the two of them and I belove Jacob to have the better character of the two. Really proud of the things Jacob has done this season and Creighton Prep deserves the success they have had over the years. If I could go back, I would send my son there to give him a better chance at a future in and out of the swimming pool.

GOAL FAN
Reply to  Anonymous
8 years ago

I have known both of these boys for a long time and have never seen any animosity between them. They are both great competitors striving for best times all the time. They practice together in a small elite group and compete as teammates eight months of the year.
Congratulations to Coach Tom Beck for developing Greater Omaha Aquatics Leopardsharks (GOAL) into a team that can produce national level athletes.

Good Luck to both of these swimmers.

SwimFAn
Reply to  Anonymous
8 years ago

Where have you been all your life hiding in a hole. You are so far from what is really going on.

Swim Parent
Reply to  Anonymous
8 years ago

We know you are not one of our Millard South swim parents. They are the best swim parents anywhere and support all the kids on the team from top to bottom. You are just someone trying to start trouble between two good kids who are teammates who train together 9 months of the year and swim together on a nationally ranked relay at GOAL. So you bash Bob anonymously like all the loser social media freaks do these days. Sad commentary on high school sports that blogs and Twitter seem to mean more than hard work, sportsmanship, and fair play. When Jacob broke the state breaststroke record at the Millard South meet last week Bob Glover congratulated him and gave… Read more »

coacherik
Reply to  Swim Parent
8 years ago

Beat me to it.. No way there is a swim parent like this on Coach Hammond’s team.

Sniveling, spineless troll…

I’m just glad Bob and Jacob are above all this and won’t read anything into your comments beyond the fact that the person behind them is a sorry excuse for a human being.

Thunderbird69
Reply to  coacherik
8 years ago

I agree with COACHERIK, I would love to see Jacob win the 100 back and bob get 7th place

coacherik
Reply to  Thunderbird69
8 years ago

Funny, I didn’t say anything about who I want to win.

Coach Hammond
Reply to  coacherik
8 years ago

Yea I think the race between my Bob and Jacob will be an excellent race, they both push each other to the ultimate max! Without them highschoolswimming would be a lot more less interesting. The best of good luck to you guys at state!

coacherik
Reply to  Coach Hammond
8 years ago

Impostor

Cyndiquil
Reply to  Swim Parent
8 years ago

Bob isn’t even fast! I could be him! I went a 45.6 in my backyard pool AI it didnt count. Here comes state Bobby

Patriot
Reply to  Anonymous
8 years ago

There is no way this note is from anyone at Millard South. There’s no question that Millard South swim parents support the school and team, and I’m a proud part of the Millard South family. While we can be loud with our support, I also understand very well what both Bob and Jacob have accomplished in swimming, and congratulate them both. I look forward to following both boys as Bob competes for Indiana, and Jacob enters his senior year at Prep. There certainly was a devious tone to this note from someone whose comments were unwarranted. Grow up. . .

JacobSwimFan
Reply to  Anonymous
8 years ago

I have been a teammate with Bob and also a competitor against him, sometimes even reaching the point of arch-rivalry at times. Bob has an intense passion for what he does and approaches all his work with intensity, but I would never call his character into question. He has been been gracious in victory and defeat, and has always been there for his teammates, and his team have, and always will be, there for him. Whoever wrote this comment was seriously misinformed. I hope they both preform well at state, and hope Bob gets that 100 back record, it is too slow and has been up wayyyy to long.

ConsurnedMSswihmer
Reply to  Anonymous
8 years ago

Jacub aint evn fahst. I culd bete him. I whent a 45.76 in my backyard pewl, sew it didnt evn cownt. I chalenge jaycub to a dewl, just I and jaycub swaming evry eyvent in the meat. I wood win.

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