MINNEAPOLIS — Two state records and a team championship highlighted Omaha Creighton Prep’s performance Saturday at the Maroon & Gold swimming and diving invitational.
The Junior Jays won the 13-team meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center by scoring 635 points, more than 180 points ahead of runner-up Wayzata, Minn.
Prep senior Jacob Molacek bettered his state records and had two other eye-popping times in winning the 200-yard freestyle and anchoring his team’s 400 freestyle relay team.
The Auburn recruit set his first record in leading off Prep’s 200 freestyle relay team in 19.83 seconds. That tops the 20.27 he swam leading off the same relay at last year’s state meet.
Molacek then knocked more than one full second off his state 100 breaststroke record by touching in a meet record time of 54.74. In 2013 his best time was 55.92. Molacek also topped the meet record in the 200 freestyle by winning in 1:38.90.
Prep’s other individual event winners were Ryan Tate in the 100 butterfly (52.01), and Ryan’s twin brother, Sean, in the 50 free (20.76) and 100 free (46.49).
The Junior Jays also set meet records in the two freestyle relays, and the same four swimmers made up both quartets — the Tate twins, Molacek and Mike Bauwens.
In the 200 relay, Prep won in 1:23.76, the No. 2 time on The World-Herald’s all-time chart. It also betters the 1:25.21 they swam at the Dec. 7 Burke Invitational for the season lead.
The 400 relay team touched first in 3:06.71, the No. 5 time on the all-time chart. Molacek’s anchor leg was 43.88.
Collin Piti, Brian Magee, Jimmy Ahlgren and Carter Deras won the 200 medley relay in a season-best 1:37.16.
“I think we’re on track to accomplish our goals,” Prep coach Tom Beck said. “We’re developing some good depth.”