Gus Grimstad finished 14th in the 100 butterfly at state, posting a time of 50.85 seconds. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Johnson)
Gus Grimstad finished 14th in the 100 butterfly at state, posting a time of 50.85 seconds. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Johnson)

Diving into the water at state, five members represented the Decorah boys’ swim team Saturday at the 2020 state meet held at the University of Iowa Natatorium in Iowa City.

The fab five collected 35 points to finish 15th in the large field. Claiming the team crown was Iowa City West with 262. 5 points, while Ankeny was the runner-up with 236.

Collecting the first points of the day was the 200-medley relay with a 10th place finish. Drew Chamberlain, Jackson Penny, Gus Grimstad and Cole Huebner bested their seed time to finish in 1:38.86. Heading into the state meet, the quartet was seeded 13th with a time of 1:39.95. The winning and new state record time of 1:31.58 was set by Iowa City City High.

Grimstad made his second consecutive appearance in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke events at state and his third trip of his career. In the butterfly event, the junior entered Saturday’s meet seeded seventh in 51:36, while his backstroke time of 53.22 seconds earned Grimstad an 11th seed. Stopping the clock at 50.85 in the butterfly, the Decorah swimmer finished eighth overall and gave the Vikings another 11 points. Waukee’s Andrew Reiter took gold in the event in 48.93 seconds. Later in the backstroke, Grimstad posted a time of 53.61 seconds, good for 14th place and three points in the backstroke race. Winning the title was James Pinter of Iowa City West in 50.01. seconds.

Also competing in two individual events was Penny in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. Entering Saturday’s meet, the senior was seeded 15th in the 100 breaststroke and ended his career with a 14th place finish in 1:01.29, earning Decorah three points. Winner of the 100 breaststroke was Iowa City City High senior Forrest Frazier in 53.15, a new state meet record. Penny also dove into the water against the competition in the 200 IM, finishing in 1:58.98, good for 17th place. Iowa City’s Frazier also topped the 200 IM competition in 1:45.96.

It was four points for the 15th place finish in the 400 free relay. Combining for a time of 3:19.39 were Huebner, Bradyn Hook, Penny and Grimstad. Before the meet, the Vikings had earned a No. 12 seed. The Bettendorf quartet posted a new state meet record time of 3:02.38 for gold.

Also in the pool individually at state for Decorah was Chamberlain in the 500 free. The sophomore finished the distance race in 4:57.84, good for 23rd place.