By David Troppens
Holly — Logan Molzahn has always made swimming a year-long priority during his athletic career.
That changed a little last summer. Why? He had his reasons.
“I was doing flight training to get my private pilot’s license,” Molzahn said. “I wanted to take a break because I normally swim year round.”
Some thought that may hurt his chances of qualifying for the state meet, at least qualifying early this season. But, apparently it had no impact.
Molzahn recently qualified for the state meet at the county meet in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.57 seconds at the event. He made the state-qualifying time by .02 seconds.
“It meant a lot to me because I usually get in shape and stuff before the start of the season, but I didn’t do that this year. I wasn’t in shape at all,” Molzahn said. “So to get that cut wasn’t that surprising to me,but my parents didn’t expect me to get it this early. I was pretty confident I was going to get it (at the county meet race).”
“He’s just an amazing asset to the team,” Holly varsity boys swim coach Kurtis Knight said. “He always performs great and helps out the younger kids which helps build the program. I was definitely a little nervous because he wasn’t getting as much pool time as we would like, but he came through.”
The entire Holly swim team came through on Tuesday in a dual meet against Avondale. Holly defeated Avondale 103-42.
The Bronchos earned firsts in eight of the 12 events and, of course, Molzahn played a role in some of those firsts, winning two individual events. He took the top spot in the 200 freestyle (2:01.49) and also in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.61). He didn’t swim in the event he qualified for the state meet in on Tuesday. His goals are pretty lofty for the rest of the season.
“I plan on trying to break the 100 backstroke record this year, which is 56.86 (seconds),” Molzahn said. “States is not until (March), so I probably will start tapering for MISCA first and hopefully I can beat the 100 backstroke school record time at MISCA. Then hopefully I can go even faster at state.”
Other Holly swimmers earned firsts at against Atherton. Zachary Rockafellow had a first in the 200 individual medley (2:37.67) while Bryce Nichols earned one in the 50 freestyle (27.04). Emilio Perez recorded a first in the 100 freestyle (1:00.04) and Jake Osborne took first in the 500 freestyle (7:03.67).
Two relays also earned firsts. Osborne, Kade Kivari, Jenson Walker and Ben Sanders won the 200 medley relay (2:19.57) while Drew Hignite, Nichols, Perez and Dean Krueger won the 400 freestyle relay (4:22.78).
Holly also recorded four individual seconds. Nichols had one in the 100 backstroke (1:13.17) while Collin Wilczak earned one in the 500 freestyle (8:48.22). Gavin Tarkowski was the runner-up in the 200 individual medley (2:51.08) and Hignite was second in the 100 butterfly (1:15.79).
The Bronchos have established some goals for the season.
“We are trying to grow and get to where we used to be,” Knight said. “Obviously we’d like to see us do better at FMLs than we have been, but as long as everybody does their best and manages to drop time, then that’s all I care about.”
“I think we are just trying to win every single meet we have,” Molzahn said. “We want to have a good record at the end of the year. Everybody is working hard and everybody is improving every single meet, so that’s good.”