Forrest Frazier wins Gold and Silver at Speedo Junior Championships in Austin

Shelly Turner
Dec 10, 2018

Forrest Frazier wins Gold and Silver at Speedo Junior Championships in Austin

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – December 10, 2018 – Forrest Frazier (age 16), of the Eastern Iowa Swim Federation competed in the 2018 Speedo Junior Championships – West, in Austin, Texas December 6-9 bringing home gold and silver medals in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard breaststroke.

Frazier’s 1st place swim in the 100-yard breaststroke swim was the 2nd fastest ever in the United States for males age 15-16. His time of :52.51 is 1.65 faster than his previous fastest swim and just .76 behind the US record held by Michael Andrew (:51.75) set in 2015.

Frazier’s 2nd place swim in the 200-yard breaststroke was just .29 seconds behind AJ Pouch (age 18) of California. Frazier’s 1:55.33 in that swim was 4.7 seconds faster than his previous fastest time is the 4th fastest ever in the United States for males 15-16.

Both the 100 breast and 200 breast swims are the fastest of all time in Iowa including college-aged swimmers making him an open record holder for Iowa Swimming in both events.

Forrest also competed in the 200-yard individual medley where he placed 10th and dropped 2.06 seconds.

Frazier currently holds the Iowa state High School record in the 100-yard breaststroke which he set last winter at the state championship meet swimming for Iowa City High. His times in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard butterfly were automatic All-American high school times. He also holds several Iowa Swimming Inc. age-group records.

Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation Head Coach Megan Oesting said “This meet put Forrest where he wants to be, on top.  He's gone from the middle of the mix to the leader of the pack in a huge leap frog to the front of all high school swimmers in the country.  He's 10th in the USA when you include the times the collegiate swimmers have turned in this year so far, so not only is he the best junior swimmer, he's within striking distance of being simply the best American outright in the US in this event.” Oesting went on to say “I'm proud of Forrest's determination and his willingness to dream big, he willed this to happen.  I really enjoy working with Forrest, he's both playful and able to get the work done at the same time, and that makes coaching him a real pleasure.  He's a cross between a golden retriever puppy and a rocket."

Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation (EISF) is a year-round competitive USA swimming program owned and operated by champion swimmer and coach Megan Oesting. The team includes branches in Cedar Rapids, Muscatine and Burlington. For more information about EISF visit www.easterniowaswimming.com.

Pictured: Forrest Frazier (center in white cap) swimming breaststroke at Speedo Junior Championships in Austin, TX December 2018. Photo courtesy of Danny Frazier.