May 24, 2021
CITY OF MASON SENDS 13 ATHLETES TO 2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
Congratulations to 13 City of Mason Manta Rays athletes who will compete for their chance to represent Team USA at this 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan beginning Friday, July 23 – Sunday, August 8, 2021!
Follow our below 13 athletes as they participate in the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials to earn a spot on the USA Olympic Swimming Team.
U.S. Olympic Swim Trials Wave I – June 4 – 7, 2021
Tyler Babinec 100 Breaststroke
Carl Bloebaum 100 Butterfly, 200 Butterfly
Ansel Froass 100 Breaststroke
Jessey Li 100 Breaststroke
Reese Lugbill 200 Breaststroke
Griffin Manning 100 Breaststroke
Jacob McDonald 400 Free
Noah Young 200 Back, 100 Back
U.S Olympic Swim Trials Wave II – June 13 – 20, 2021
Adam Chaney 100 Free, 100 Back, 50 Free
Cora Dupre 200 Free, 100 Free, 100 Back, 50 Free, 200 IM
Carson Foster 400 IM, 200 Free, 200 Fly, 200 IM
Jake Foster 400 IM, 200 IM, 100 Breast, 200 Breast
Chloe Hicks 200 Back
Our 13 Mason Manta Rays athletes will head to Omaha, Nebraska in mid-June for the competition. In order to protect the health and safety of the athletes, the Trials have been divided into two waves – the first wave taking place June 4 – 7 and the second wave taking place June 13 – 20.
The pathway to becoming an Olympic swimmer, for our swimmers is no easy feat. Mason’s Learn to Swim Program offered at Mason Community Center is often the foundation for new swimmers to learn how to be safe in the water and learn to swim. Upon completion of the Learn to Swim program, swimmers may continue on to the competitive aspect of swimming through the Mason Manta Rays swim program. The Mason Manta Rays swim program is a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club and ranked in the top 1% of 3,000 USA Swimming teams. Since the program’s establishment in 2003, the Mason Manta Rays program has produced nationally and internationally ranked athletes that have gone on to continue their swimming career at the collegiate level. While the Mason Manta Rays have had representation at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials since 2008, this year marks the largest team the City of Mason Manta Rays will be sending to the Olympic Trials and is the largest trials team out of any other program in the state of Ohio. Additionally, the Mason Manta Rays program is the only program ranked in the top 10 in the USA that does not have regular access to train in a 50 meter pool. These competitive athletes possess a strong sense of discipline, maintain a vigorous training regimen and stay focused and healthy. Only .01% of USA Swimmers make the Olympic Trial time standards in order to have the opportunity to compete for a spot on the USA Olympic Swimming Team.
The City of Mason has partnered with A Matter of 50 Meters, a non-profit fundraising organization to construct an enclosed 50 meter, Olympic-sized pool as part of the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center, the City’s community’s newest wellness amenity. A Matter of 50 Meters has ambitions to raise funds towards the completion of the enclosed 50 meter pool. To support their cause or learn more about A Matter of 50 Meters, please visit www.amatterof50meters.org
The Mason Municipal Aquatic Center, Mason’s newest wave of wellness in the community, features a 203,000 gallon heated leisure pool that opens on Saturday May 29, 2021. Construction of the enclosed 50 meter pool as part of the facility has begun. The Mason Municipal Aquatic Center complements Mason’s repertoire of wellness amenities including the Mason Community Center, the City of Mason Golf Center and Makino Park. The new Mason Municipal Aquatic Center enhances Mason’s commitment to building a culture of wellness in the community and this new amenity will provide the opportunity for the City to teach all residents, young and old, how to be safe in the water.
For more information regarding the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center or to keep up to date on the success of the 13 Mason Manta Rays athletes and their path to the Olympics, please visit www.imaginemason.org