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Mason Manta Rays send strong contingent

to High School State Swim Meet

The Mason Manta Rays were represented by 19 swimmers this past weekend at the Ohio High School State Swim Meet.  Here is a recap of the swimmers, including their schools and results. All schools are in Division 1 except as noted.  Please email coach Ken if there are any mistakes or ommisions.
Sarah Austin – 500 freestyle – 5 th Place; 200 IM – 11 th Place; Seven Hills School (Division 2)
Abbie Allen -- 100 Back & 200 IM
Dani Barbiea – 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle – 1 st Place in both; 400 freestyle relay – 2nd place; 200 medley relay – 2 nd Place; Springboro High School
Kellie Barbiea – 100 backstroke – 6 th Place; 100 butterfly – 9 th Place; 400 freestyle relay – 2nd place; 200 medley relay – 2 nd Place; Springboro High School
Abbey Cramer -- 200 Free relay for Lakota East High School
Emily Faas – 400 free relay; 13 th Place; Mason High School
Jessica Hall – 200 IM – 14 th Place; 500 freestyle; Lakota East High School

Shelby Hutton--200 Free Relay Lakota East High School
Katie Heywood – 100 butterfly – 17 th Place; 200 medley relay – 7 th Place; Mason High School
Breanne Keenan - 400 free relay; 13 th Place; Mason High School
Alisabeth Marsteller -  100 freestyle – 12th Place; 200 IM – 5 th Place; 200 freestyle relay – 4 th place; 400 free relay – 3 rd Place; Ursuline Academy
Maureen Sullivan – 200 medley relay – 7 th Place; Mason High School
Zoe Thatcher – 200 freestyle – 4 th Place; 500 freestyle – 3 rd  Place; 200 freestyle relay – 12 th place; 400 free relay -  13 th Place; Mason High School
Ashley Whiteley - 400 freestyle relay – 2 nd Place; 200 medley relay – 2 nd Place; Springboro High School
Gabrielle Young – 200 freestyle relay – 4 th place; Ursuline Academy
Austin Caldwell – 50 freestyle – 2 nd Place; 100 freestyle – 3 rd Place; Loveland High School
John Galvin – 100 freestyle – 10 th Place; 200 freestyle – 8 th Place; 200 freestyle relay – 3 rd Place; 400 freestyle relay – 6 th Place; St. Xavier High School
Justin Kolwyck – 500 freestyle - 19 th Place; 400 freestyle relay – 21 st Place; Mason High School
Brad Lebling – 50 freestyle – 18 th Place; 200 freestyle relay – 14 th Place in Prelims; 400 freestyle relay – 21 st Place; Mason High School
Bryan McNamara – 500 freestyle – 8 th Place; 200 freestyle – 18 th Place; Lakota West High School
Ian West -- 200 Medley Relay for Lakota East High School


Defending champions keep Ursuline No. 2

CANTON - Ursuline Academy's goal heading into Saturday's Division I state championship meet was to make Upper Arlington work for its seventh straight state title while maintaining a hold on second place.

Ursuline, which owns five state titles, rode several strong swims to finish as state runner-up for the 12th time at C.T. Branin Natatorium.

"This meet always has its ups and downs, good swims and bad swims," said Lions coach Brad Isham. "I thought second-place was the best we could do, realistically. We knew that (Upper Arlington) would be tough to beat."

Ursuline, which finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer coaches' poll and won the district championship, pushed the Golden Bears to the final event. Upper Arlington won 286 to 212.

In the evening's final event, Ursuline secured second place with a third-place finish in the 400 free relay.

"We had some really good swims and the girls never gave up," said Ursuline senior Adrien Winning.

Turpin finished a strong third with 188 points. Mason was sixth.

"It was a good job all-around," said Turpin coach Rene Contino. "We were seeded third, and going into the night we just wanted to keep our place. I'm very pleased with our performance."

Ursuline began the evening by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:43.93. Springfield finished second with Turpin placing third.

"We wanted to set the tone for the evening," said Lions freshman Emily Slabe. "It was something we wanted to win badly. It got everyone including our fans fired up. It made everyone want to swim all that much harder."

Slabe finished third in the 100 butterfly. Turpin's Morgan Contino and Loveland's Hailey Booth were 7th and 8th respectively.

Ursuline sophomore Bridget Blood, also a member of the Lions' winning 200 medley relay team, finished second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.49. Her teammate Alisabeth Marsteller finished fifth.

Blood placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke. Turpin's Gabbie Pettinichi was fourth. Mason's Morgan Emter was fifth.

Turpin junior Molly Hazelbaker finished third in the 200-yard freestyle.

"I felt like I was a little tired toward the end," she said. "But you can't ever give up."

Mason freshman Zoe Thatcher was fourth in the 200 freestyle, just ahead of St. Ursula's Kaitlyn Ferrara.

Rachael Lewis, a senior from Wilmington, finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Slabe notched a victory in her strongest event, the 100-yard backstroke winning in 55.63. St. Ursula's Betsy Zilen was fifth.

"I came here to win it," Slabe said. "It's my best event and my favorite event. I came into it with a lot of confidence."

The Lions clinched the runner up spot with a 4th place 200 Free Relay finish by Marsteller, Blood, and sophomores Abby Wu and Gabrielle Young, plus a third place finish in the 400 Free Relay swim by Marsteller, Slabe, Wu and Temarie Tomley.

Click the above link to watch many of our D1 and D2 prelims swims and D2 Finals.  D1 Finals videos have started to be posted.  More coming still!

Results posted Ohio HS State Championships Homepage