Kretz wins 2 medals at state meet


MARION — One of the best performances by a Fairfield athlete this year didn’t come from someone wearing a Trojan uniform.

Kevin Kretz, who swims for the Ottumwa Bulldogs, placed sixth in the 50-meter freestyle and seventh in the 100-meter at the boys state swimming meet last weekend at the Linn-Mar Community School District Aquatic Center.

Kretz already had Ottumwa’s school record of 21.37 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle, but he lowered that to 21.3 seconds.

Kretz had previously broke that record in 2020. Rod Starkweather held the 50-meter freestyle from 1983 until last season, the longest-standing record in Ottumwa swimming history.

Kretz swam the 100-meter freestyle in 46.79 seconds. Kretz, a senior, qualified for state all four years and lowered his times and places in each consecutive year.

“State was a lot of fun because I swam in the relays this year,” Kretz said. “We had a lot of talented guys and everybody went faster at state than they did during the year.”

The big day from Kretz helped Ottumwa finish 18th as a team, with 25 points. Waukee won the state meet with 268.5 points.

“We have a rock star here,” said Fairfield athletic director Jeff Courtwright. “He’s one of those students that is involved in a lot of stuff. He is friendly, courteous, classy. He has all the Trojan traits. He had to go show Ottumwa how we operate here.”