December 17, 2018
Mason Manta Rays capture Winter Junior National Title
Winter Junior National Championship – Greensboro, North Carolina – December 5 – 8, 2018
The weather outside was frightful, but inside the Greensboro Aquatic Center, the Mason Manta Rays performances were so delightful. The Rays claimed the Men’s and combined team titles in dominating fashion. The men racked up 537 points, 220 points more than any other team. That combined with the 6th place women’s team 161 points, earned them the combined title.
The men were led by the trio of Jake Foster, Adam Chaney and Carson Foster. They were the 3 top point scorers in the meet. High point winner Jake was second in the 200 and 400 IM, the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and 7th in the 200 butterfly. Adam won titles in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, runner up in the 100 freestyle and 7th in the 200 freestyle. Carson won all 3 of his events. He set 2 meet records in 200 IM (1:42.54) and 400 IM (3:40.86). Carson’s other win came in the 200 backstroke.
The men’s relays brought in huge team points. They won 4 out of 5 relays, breaking two National Age Group Records in the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay. These relay members included Jake Foster, Adam Chaney, Jacob McDonald, and Carson Foster. The depth of the boy’s team was truly evident as the “B” 400 medley relay made the podium finishing 6th. That relay consisted of Noah Young, Tyler Babinec, Carl Bloebaum and Ansel Froass. The other relays also had outstanding performances with these results:
800 Freestyle Relay – “B” – 9th – Ansel Froass, Noah Young, Ian Van Gorp, Grady Wheeler
200 Freestyle Relay – “A” – 1st – Carson Foster, Noah Young, Jake Foster, Adam Chaney
200 Freestyle Relay – “B” – 11th – Tyler Babinec, Ansel Froass, Ian Van Gorp, Jacob McDonald
400 Freestyle Relay – “A” – 2nd – Carson Foster, Jacob McDonald, Jake Foster, Adam Chaney
200 Medley Relay – “B” – 9th – Noah Young, Tyler Babinec, Carl Bloebaum, Ansel Froass
400 Medley Relay – “A” – 1st – Carson Foster, Jake Foster, Jacob McDonald, Adam Chaney (meet record)
Other men’s individual top performances were:
Tyler Babinec – 6th 100 breaststroke
Grady Wheeler – 7th 1650 freestyle, 15th 500 freestyle
Noah Young – 3rd 200 backstroke, 14th 100 backstroke
Jacob McDonald – 6th 500 freestyle, 22nd 100 backstroke
Ansel Froass – 12th 200 IM, 20th 200 breaststroke
Jon Bernard – 22nd 200 backstroke
The women’s team was led by senior Cora Dupre who has verbally committed to swim at Indiana Unviersity. She won her first individual championship in the 200 free with a wire to wire victory going a blistering 1:45.27. This is the first female individual junior national title for any female from Ohio in the last twenty years. Cora also finished 7th in the 50 freestyle and 9th in the 100 freestyle to cap off her awesome week. Brynna Wolfe also had an outstanding swim with a 13th place finish in the 100 backstroke. Nicola Lane had a strong showing in the 200 backstroke finishing 20th.
The women’s relays had strong performances with these results:
200 Medley Relay 6th – Bynna Wolfe, Reese Lugbill, Harna Minezawa, Cora Dupre
400 Medley Relay 8th – Bynna Wolfe, Reese Lugbill, Harna Minezawa, Cora Dupre
200 Freestyle Relay 5th – Cora Dupre, Nicola Lane, Harna Minezawa, Brynna Wolfe
400 Freestyle Relay 11th - Cora Dupre, Leanna Wall, Harna Minezawa, Brynna Wolfe
800 Freestyle Relay 5th – Leanna Wall, Brynna Wolfe, Nicola Lane, Cora Dupre
Having this early meet success heading into Christmas training, bodes well for more success in this year’s championship season. Congratulations a great meet, RAYS!