2018 Boys State Meet Wrap Up

Back together again: Iowa City and Iowa high school boys swimming continued a great tradition of fast swimming. Our state swimmers had 17 consideration All-American swims and 5 automatic All-American times. Along with 2 state records, Dylan Moffatt of Cedar Falls broke the 2016 record and became the 2nd Iowa high schooler to break the 4:30 barrier in the 500 freestyle. In the 100 breaststroke, Forrest Frazier of Iowa City High swam a blazing 54.16 to take down a 15-year-old record!

The Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association welcomed three new members to their Hall of Fame; swimmers Justin Claussen, Kiel Huston, and long-time coach and official Larry White. All three enjoyed their moment and the day of fast swimming.

For the second time in state history the final margin was a single point difference between champions Ames and West Des Moines Valley. Historically in 1951 the team title was a tie and then in 1957 it was also a one-point margin of victory. This was Ames 2nd team title, the first coming in 1982. Congratulations to the Ames Little Cyclones and their team. Third place also was a close competition ending in a tie between the Ankeny and the Bettendorf teams.

The State Athlete of the Year was awarded to Forrest Frazier (Iowa City High) winning both the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke in a state record time. Showing his versatility, he also lead off his team’s runner up performance in the 200 Medley, swimming the backstroke leg in 23.20 the fastest 50 backstroke split of the day.

The State Coaching Staff of the Year was awarded to head coach Shawn DeBoef of West Des Moines Valley. Their team swam for the lead throughout the meet and dropped a lot of time from their seeds, swimming fast. Congratulations Coach DeBoef and the Tigers.

Finally, congratulations to all associated with the 2018 Boys High School State Meet, from volunteers to coaches and athletes to administrators, all should be proud to be a part of this great sport and a top-notch meet. Special thanks to the Iowa City West and Linn-Mar swimming communities and administrators for helping co-host the event. It was great to be back together again!

Rick Loeffelholz
Iowa High Swim School Coaches Association