Boyden-Hull senior Kohen Rankin wins two state swimming titles | To swim
Kohen Rankin looked back on Saturday like it was a blur. Once the adrenaline wears off, high schooler Boyden-Hull will realize that he is now a three-time state champion.
Rankin — one of two seniors on the Sioux City co-op team — won two more titles Saturday at the Iowa High School Swim Meet at the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, winning the 50 meter freestyle and the 100 breaststroke.
“It’s something I really worked hard for,” Rankin said in a phone interview. “It’s really cool and it’s really special to me. Glory to God for giving me the talent to do these special things.
He won the 100m breaststroke for the second straight season.
In the 50 freestyle, Rankin won the race in 20.26 seconds, which automatically gives him consideration for All-American status.
It wasn’t his fastest time of the season, as he swam it in 20.26 in Friday’s prelims.
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He entered as the No. 1 seed.
“It was a lot of pressure,” Rankin said. “Everyone is going after you. You have to enter the race with the mentality to dominate.
Rankin is not racing against the clock, he says. He only focuses on the guy next to him.
“I knew I hit the wall first,” Rankin said. “I felt the sensation of it.”
Spencer junior Reid Tigges also placed fifth in 21.24.
Then, in the 100 breaststroke, the Comets senior also swam the final with the All-American time of 53.19 seconds. That blew his preliminary time (53.57) out of the water.
Rankin also dominated against Ames sophomore Joshua Chen as he swam it in 54.65.
“This kid is quick and he’s big,” Rankin said. “I entered the race with a confident mindset. I got off to a good start and it boosted my confidence.
His final 50-meter split was the fastest, swimming him in 28.33.
Rankin also had a weird thing before the game. He was given a new swimsuit to compete in, but it broke while getting ready.
He had to go back to his “B” suit, as he put it, and had to “adapt, improvise and overcome”.
In other finals results, the Sioux City 200-yard medley relay placed fifth in 1:34.78. The four who competed were Kellen Dean, Rankin, Brody Spies and Hudson Vonk.
Sioux City also placed seventh in the 200 freestyle relay, as the quartet of Rankin, Hunter Henrich, Drake Van Meter and Vonk swam it in 1:26.36. Vonk had the fastest split time of 21.70 seconds.
His 400 freestyle relay placed 13th. Spies, Britton Patee, Dean and Henrich swam it in 3:18.98.
Spies also placed 15th in the 500 freestyle, swimming it in 4:51.89.
Tigges also placed ninth in the 100 freestyle (47.11).