Little Hawks Place Fifth at State

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Carly Weigel

Forrest Frazier '20 stands in first place, holding the new 100 breaststroke state record.

Carly Weigel, Reporter

Spectators, coaches, and swimmers alike scream and cheer as the anchor of the 200 medley relay of Caleb Coons ‘22, Forrest Frazier ‘20, Isaac Weigel ‘21, and Bryce Edens ‘22 dive into the water. City is in the lead, Edens the last leg, keeping them in first place. He turns, barely keeping ahead of the favored relay in lane 4, West High. Edens hits the wall first with a final time of 1:31.58, 3 seconds faster than their district time and a new state record.

Head coach Zane Hugo told the boys to cool down in the next pool. “Keep up the energy,” he said.

Edens and Weigel both swam in the next event, the 200 freestyle. Edens finished with a time of 1:45.04 and Weigel finished with a personal best, fourth place, and a new school record with his time of 1:41.12.

“I’m really happy I can swim against such great guys,” Weigel said. “Almost all the records are falling this year, I’m glad to be a part of it.”

The streak of good times continued with Frazier’s new state record time of 1:45.96 in the 200 IM, Coons’ time of 52.37 in the 100 butterfly, Edens’ time of 4:51.74 in the 500 freestyle, and Weigel’s third place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:35.91.

“When Forrest is in the water, it’s basically a race for second place,” manager Rika Yahashiri ‘21 said. “We’re just waiting for the next record to be broken.”

Coons stood on podium for the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.08, finishing sixth in his heat but seventh overall. Frazier broke his own state record in the 100 breaststroke, dropping one second from his record time of 54.16 in 2018 to 53.15 in 2020. Frazier also broke Weigel’s newly set record in the 100 freestyle during the 400 freestyle relay, a fifth place finish with the time of 3:07.88. City finished fifth overall with 160 points.

“This is the best finish we’ve had in a long time,” Weigel said. “I want to thank the seniors who’ve been on the team this year, too. Forrest, Mark, Joe [Keuter], Joe [Schuessler], AJ, you guys made this year fun and we’re going to miss you.”