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Mason Manta Rays Place Three On Team USA's Junior Pan Pacific Games Team

Mason Manta Rays Place Three On Team USA’s Junior Pan Pacific Games Team

This summer, the world's greatest young swimmers will descend upon the beautiful island of Fiji for the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.  Congratulations to Adam Chaney, Jake Foster, & Carson Foster for earning their spot among this coveted group!

In an unprecedented performance the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, CA, the City of Mason’s Manta Rays had three swimmers selected to represent Team USA internationally.   To qualify, swimmers had to place in the Top 2 of all 18 & under swimmers in the USA and they only take 20 boys.  There are currently over 500,000 18 & under swimmers in USA Swimming.  No other swim team in recent history has put three boy swimmers on Team USA’s Junior Pan Pacific team. 

“It is a major accomplishment to have this group of kids headed off to Fiji,” City of Mason Manta Ray head coach Ken Heis said. “Making the team is a tough achievement – it means you’re one of the best in the world, and our kids put on great performances throughout the entire week. I’m excited about what they have in store for us at Junior Pan Pacs.”

The first Manta Ray qualifier, Carson Foster, 16, a rising Sycamore HS junior, swam the fastest time in history in the 200 meter Individual Medley (1:59.45) setting a national 15 & 16 age group record surpassing the likes of Michael Andrew and Michael Phelps.  Carson also was the 18 & under national champion in the 200 m backstroke. 

Carson’s older brother, Jake Foster, 17, a rising senior, placed 13th overall in the 400IM with a life-time best time.  Foster earned a spot no the Jr Pan Pacific team because he was the 2nd fastest 18 & under swimmer in the event.

Finally, Adam Chaney, 16, rising Mason HS junior stunned the field by placing 2nd in the 18 & under division in the 50 m free in the third fastest time in 15 & 16  year old age group history (22.52).  This second place finished earned him a spot on Team USA’s team headed to Fiji.  Chaney also had a huge time drop in the 100 meter free going 49.95 which was the second fastest time in 15 & 16 history at that time! 

The 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships will take place at Damodar Aquatic Centre Suva the island of Fiji from August 23 to August 26.  The event features the best swimmers in the world from ages 13 through 18. Any athlete that makes the roster can swim in any event, regardless of the rankings from their races in Irvine.

All three boys are currently competing in the USA Swimming Junior National Championships this week (July 31-August 3) with 17 of their Mason Manta Ray teammates.   The Mason Manta Rays is City of Mason Parks & Recreation program.  For more information, please visit www.masonswimming.org or contact Head Coach Ken Heis kheis@masonoh.org.