Manta Ray Partners

Mason Manta Rays – High School Conference Championships

Once mid-December hits, our older Manta Rays go into full swing in their High School seasons. Kicking off the championship season for high school was our swimmers conference championships.  Below we have included a recap of our swimmers who finished top three in their individual or relay events.

This weekend these swimmers will go on to compete at the Sectional Championships, which will qualify them a spot to compete at the District Championships next weekend at Miami University.

Greater Catholic League, Division I – January 29th @ St. Xavier High School

Manta Rays Alisabeth Marsteller, senior, & Sydney Loftquist, junior, represent the defending State Champions of Ursuline Academy and both contributed to the Lions winning the GCL title last week.

Marsteller won two individual titles, the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Marsteller’s time of 51.41 in the 100 freestyle was a new GCL record. Loftquist competed in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, where she took the title and a new GCL record (time: 1:52.74) in the 200 freestyle, and finished second to Marsteller in the 100 breaststroke.

Both girls won two relay titles each. Marsteller swam the anchor leg on Ursuline’s 200 freestyle relay, Loftquist was the Lion’s breaststroke leg on the 200 medley. Each of their respected relays set new GCL records with fellow teammates. Plus, both girls swam legs on the league winning 400 freestyle relay.

GMC Championships – February 1st @ Mason High School              

Mason High School dominated the GMC Championships over the weekend. The girls took home their 7th title (every year since they have entered the GMC), while the boys returned the title home, their first since 2009. In addition to their titles, Freshman Ashley Volpenhein won Athlete of the Year for the girls.

The meet was kicked off by the dynamic foursome Maureen Sullivan (Sr.), Jordan Decker (So.), A. Volpenhein (Fr.), and Julia Volpenhein (Jr.) where they set a new GMC and pool record with their time of 1:47.59. That time now ranks those girls third in the state for Division I.

That wasn’t the only league record we saw go down by our Manta Rays. Zoe Thatcher (Sr.) won the 500 freestyle and 200 IM, where her 200 IM set a new league and pool record.  Also the girls in the 200 freestyle relay, Tiffany Yu (Fr.), Abbey Esler (So.), J. Volpenhein & Sullivan, set a new league record in addition to their win.

Other GMC event winners by Mason High School swimmers –  
A. Volpenhein in the 50 & 100 freestyle
Justin Hove (Jr.) in the 200 & 500 freestyle
Girls 400 Freestyle Relay included Ray swimmers Lizzie Troy (Jr.), Decker, Thatcher & A. Volpenhein
Boys 200 Freestyle Relay included Ray swimmers Preston Bailey (So.), Peter He (Jr.) & Hove
Boys 400 Freestyle Relay included Ray swimmers Hove, Joel Thatcher (Jr.) & He

Additional top three finishers by Mason High School swimmers –
Decker – 2nd in the 100 freestyle & 100 breaststroke
Troy – 3rd in 100 freestyle & 2nd in the 200 freestyle
Yu – 2nd in the 200 freestyle & 100 butterfly
J. Volpenhein – 2nd in 50 freestyle & 3rd in the 100 backstroke
Esler – 3rd in the 50 freestyle
Holly Suter (Sr.) – 2nd in the 500 freestyle
Sullivan – 2nd in the 100 backstroke
Liz Monnin (So.) – 3rd in the 100 breaststroke
J. Thatcher – 3rd in the 500 freestyle

Outside our Mason High School swimmers at the GMC, Casey Frazier (Sr.) capped off her GMC career with Lakota West. Frazier swam on Lakota’s 3rd place 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays, plus finished second in the 200IM, and won a GMC title in the 100 breaststroke.

Josh Enrico (Sr.) for Lakota East finished third in the 100 backstroke. He followed that up with a third place finish in the 100 butterfly, with his teammate Keith Jessee (Jr.) finished right above him for second. The two boys teamed up on the 200 medley relay for the GMC title. Plus Enrico swam on their 400 freestyle relay, which finished second to Mason.

Sean McCracken (Jr.) for the boys of Lakota West swam on their third place 200 freestyle relay.

Miami Valley Conference – February 1st @ Cincinnati Country Day

Senior Panos Skoufalos represents Cincinnati Seven Hills during the high school season, and this past weekend he led his team league championship over second place finishers, CCDS – who had won the league for the past five years. Skoufalos captured two league titles, in the 50 and 200 freestyle, plus joined Matthew Clayton on the league winning 200 freestyle relay and runner-up 200 medley relay.

In addition, Skoufalos was named Athlete of Year by the MVC.

Greater Western Ohio Conference Championships – January 30th @ Trotwood-Madison High School

The weather through the GWOC Conference for a loop, but sophomore Hannah Whiteley had her time in the pool.  Normally, the GWOC is broken up into three divisional sites, with the top 16 advancers reaching the conference championship the next day.  Due to weather, only the divisional meets were run, but Whiteley had a strong showing claiming first place in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke at the South Division site.

Whiteley’s time of 56.38 was a new GWOC Conference Record, breaking the 2002 record previously held by Centerville’s Erin Forster.  Overall, Whiteley’s times over the three divisions put her 1st in 100 backstroke, 2nd in the 50 freestyle, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay overall.