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Girls win 10 out of 11 events at D1 Districts 


Thirty-five Mason Manta Rays had an excellent meet this past weekend at the High School District championships! We had almost 100% life-time best swims and 19 Manta Rays will advance to the Ohio High School State Championships next weekend in Canton!  The Manta Ray girls not only won 10 out of the 11 events Saturday night, but also were a part of four meet records!   

Boy’s Division II

Friday morning, Panos Skoufalos represented Seven Hills at the District Championships. Skoufalos went best times in both his races in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. He placed in the first in the 50 freestyle, with a time of 21.35.  His second place 100 backstroke was a new Manta Ray team record, with his final time of 51.16. Skoufalos was also a part of Seven Hill’s winning 200 medley relay and second place finishing 400 freestyle relay.  Griffin Braun, a freshman at Fenwick, placed 22nd in the 100 Free with a time of 51.69.

Boy’s Division I

In the 200 freestyle Friday night, Mason junior Justin Hove kicked off the individual swims for the Manta Rays swimming a new best time of 1:42.29 and finished 6th overall in the event. Hove’s swim was his first NCSA Junior National cut. Sophomore Joel Thatcher also swam to a best time of 1:44.76 to finish 14th.  Fellow Comet teammate, junior Alex Mechler was 23rd.

Sean McCracken, a junior from Lakota West, finished 19th with a best time time of 1:47.36.

In the 200 IM, Keith Jessee, a junior from Lakota East, finished 17th in 1:58.62 – a new best time and first USA Swimming Sectional cut. Mason senior Cesar Carrillo was 30th overall. In the first sprint freestyle event of the night, Mason’s Peter He swam a new best time of 22.20, to finish 11th & his teammate Preston Bailey was 19th.

Senior Josh Enrico was Lakota East, finished 15th in the 100 butterfly; Carrillo was 23rd in the event as well. After the break, He returned back to the pool in the 100 freestyle to go a new best time of 49.21.

Hove came back to add another NCSA Junior National cut with the 500 freestyle. He finished 5th overall in 4:38.37. Thatcher was 12th overall, at 4:40.49, also a new best time. Their mason teammate, Sebastian Castillo was 27th overall.

Enrico finished 15th in the 100 backstroke at 54.05, a new best time for him in the event. Freshman Mike McDonald from Mason followed suit, finishing at 54.48, a new best time and 17th place overall. McCracken was 19th overall, at 55.39, tying the Sectional exactly for his first cut ever.

Jessee finished 7th in the 100 breaststroke at 1:00.22, which was a new best time and Sectional cut. Jackson Tinsley, a junior at Lakota West, placed 9th with a best time of 1:00.50.  Jackson also placed 24th in the 200 IM with a best time of 2:03.37.  Freshman Matthew Helm and Terry Tao swam to best times to finish 19th and 21st overall, at 1:02.92 and 1:03.00.

Several Manta Rays swam on relays as well. Lakota East was 4th in the 200 medley relay, while West was 12th. Mason High School finished 3rd in the 200 freestyle relay, while Lakota West was 6th and East was 12th. Lakota East was 8th in the 400 freestyle relay as well.

Girl’s Division I

The Manta Rays swimmers claimed 10 titles of the 11 events swam at the District Championships. Ursuline senior Alisabeth Marsteller kicked the night off winning the 200 freestyle in a new District record and best time of 1:47.46.

  Alisabeth Marsteller

Mason senior Zoe Thatcher, who held the previous record, was 2nd in the event. Her Comet teammate Lizzie Troy finished 8th in a new best time of 1:52.35; Megan Wolf was 30th.

In the 200 IM, Sydney Lofquist took the event for Ursuline in a new best time and Manta Ray team record of 2:00.49. Casey Frazier, a senior from Lakota West, was third also in a best time of 2:04.54. The Mason foursome of Maddie Franzoni, Sr., Josephine Waller, Fr., Liz Monnin, So., and Tiffany Yu, Fr., all swam best times in the event to finish 13th (2:11.19), 14th (2:11.72), 20th (2:13.59) and 25th (2:15.33).

 Sydney Lofquist

Ashley Volpenhein from Mason claimed two individual titles with a win in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Both were best times for her for the Mason freshman; her times were 23.28 and 50.39.