In a swimming meet full of false starts and disqualifications, Omaha Creighton Prep’s boys and Millard West’s girls were the champions Saturday at the Larry Hill Ralston Ram Relays.
Prep won six events and touched first in a seventh, but the Junior Jays were disqualified for a false start.
There were 24 disqualifications — 15 in the boys competition and nine in the girls meet — but the girls meet was impacted more. Among the DQs with the most impact were Omaha Westside in the 800 free relay, Omaha Marian and Lincoln Southeast in the 200 butterfly relay, Southeast in the 400 medley relay and Papillion-La Vista/Papillion-La Vista South in the 400 (8x50) free relay.
Staying penalty-free is what helped the Wildcats edge Marian 262-252. Four other schools were within 26 points of the Crusaders — Westside (240), Lincoln East (238), Papillion (236) and Millard North (226).
Prep outscored Millard West 314-280 for the boys title.
The most noteworthy performance came at the start of the boys 400 free relay won by Prep. Jacob Molacek led off for the Junior Jays by finishing his 100 yards in 44.75 seconds.
It was the Auburn recruit’s best 100 freestyle time in a high school meet and solidifies his No. 2 all-time spot on The World-Herald charts in that event. First is a 44.51 by Ryan Miksch of Columbus.
“All of Jacob’s times today were extremely good,” Prep coach Tom Beck said. “Overall we had some good high points, but we weren’t as close to 100 percent on those like we did last weekend.”
The Junior Jays posted several season-best times at a meet in Minneapolis. Saturday, Molacek also anchored Prep’s winning 200 freestyle in 19.57 (compared with 19.46 last weekend) and led off the 200 breaststroke relay in 24.95.
Prep bettered meet records in all three of those events.
Millard West’s girls won four relays. Seniors Shea Marcinski and Katherine McGinn, junior Tara Goss and sophomore Lindsey Stalheim all were on three of those relays.
The Wildcats won the 800 free relay (8:07.26), 400 free relay (3:50.95), 200 backstroke relay (1:52.89) and the 400 medley relay (4:10.64).
Team scoring: Omaha Creighton Prep 314, Millard West 280, Lincoln Southeast 214, Omaha Burke 208, Millard South 186, Papillion-La Vista/Papillion-La Vista South 184, Omaha Westside 160, Lincoln East 148, Millard North 142, Ralston/Omaha Gross 140, Lincoln Northeast 88, Bellevue West 72.
Event winners—200-yard medley relay: Millard South (Dustin Smith, Austin Monette-Waters, Jacob Malashock, Jim Glover), 1:43.82. 800 freestyle relay: Millard West (Andrew Spencer, Cody Klaiber, Matthew Prophit, Marquise Jones), 7:20.63. 400 medley relay: Creighton Prep (Ryan Tate, Carter Brouillette, Karl Schaenzer, Paul Witt), 3:50.89. 200 freestyle relay: Prep (Sean Tate, Mike Bauwens, Carter Deras, Jacob Molacek), 1:24.82 (meet record, betters own 1:25.87, 2011). 1-meter diving: Ralston/Gross (Joey Weber, Collin Plath, Gabe McAndrews, Kyle Aldrich), 417.90 points. 200 butterfly relay: Prep (Ryan Tate, Jimmy Ahlgren, Sean Lawson, Matt Magee), 1:36.81. 400 freestyle relay: Prep (Molacek, Sean Tate, Bauwens, Ryan Tate), 3:07.48 (meet record, betters own 3:12.06, 2009). 200 backstroke relay: Prep (Collin Piti, Michael Simmons, Jon Doyle, Ahlgren), 1:41.66. 850 (50-100-200-500) freestyle relay: Millard West (Jake Stauffer, Klaiber, Prophit, Jones), 8:02.64. 200 breaststroke relay: Prep (Molacek, Brian Magee, Ben Kellen, Schaenzer), 1:49.50 (meet record, betters own 1:54.14, 2013). 400 medley relay: PLV/PLV South (Ethan Shih, Nick Robbins, Billy Salber, Matt Harrison), 3:42.78. 400 (8x50) freestyle relay: Burke (Mack McAllister, Caleb Jeffrey, Alex Frisbie, Sam Allen, Andy Vasquez, Gavin Rogers, Nick Riesselman, Will Frisbie), 3:04.34.
Team scoring: Millard West 262, Omaha Marian 252, Omaha Westside 240, Lincoln East 238, Papillion-La Vista/Papillion-La Vista South 236, Millard North 226, Millard South 210, Lincoln Southeast 170, Ralston/Omaha Gross 150, Lincoln Northeast 72, Bellevue West 56.
Event winners: 200-yard medley relay: Lincoln Southeast (Clara Walstad, Kelsey Linzell, Alexa Goldenstein, Ellie Walstad), 1:53.74. 800 freestyle relay: Millard West (Lindsey Stalheim, Katherine McGinn, Shea Marcinski, Tara Goss), 8:07.26. 400 medley relay: Lincoln Southeast (Goldenstein, Linell, Ellie Walstad, Clara Walstad), 4:16.46. 200 freestyle relay: Marian (Antonia Franco, Naeleah Hadford, Janna Popp, Brynn Robertson), 1:43.18. 1-meter diving: Marian (Kelly Straub, Maggie Forbes, Taylor Carter), 385.60 points. 200 butterfly relay: PLV/PLV South (Mary Stanley, Kat Keller, Sydney Marshburn, 1:58.28. 400 freestyle relay: Millard West (Grace Mueller, Marcinski, Eryn Blagg, Katherine McGinn), 3:50.95. 200 backstroke relay: Millard West (Lindsey Stalheim, Mueller, Marcinski, Goss), 1:52.89. 850 (50-100-200-500) freestyle relay: Millard North (Laura Ney, Emily Hart, Holly Hopson, Mary Kate Luddy), 8:38.15. 200 breaststroke relay: Millard North (Hopson, Jaclyn Taylor, Luddy, Emma Hrlevich), 2:12.66. 400 medley relay: Millard West (Stalheim, Caroline Jones, Goss, McGinn)), 4:10.64. 400 (8x50) freestyle relay: Westside (Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Hannah Miller, Sami Baker, Abby Colwell), 3:28.90.