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HIGH SCHOOL STATE RECAP

Mason Manta Rays at High School State Championships

February 28, 2015

The Mason Manta Rays were well represented at the Ohio High School State Championships in Canton at the end of February.  Ashley Volpenhein and Sydney Lofquist captured 2 state championships.  Hannah Whiteley and Tim Hagemeister each brought home one state title. 

In Division I, Hannah Whiteley got off to a fast start, leading off Springboro’s 200 medley relay with a Manta Ray record 24.87, 50 backstroke, leading them to a 6th place finish.  Julia Volpenhein, Jordan Decker, Ashley Volpenhein, and Abbey Esler led the Mason Comets to a 4th place finish in the relay event.  Mary Fry anchored Sycamore’s 200 medley relay to an 8th place finish.  The Division I boys were represented by Cooper Hodge swimming the breaststroke leg on the 5th place Moeller relay.

*UPDATED:  Kiertsyn Cassidy competed in her first Div II Ohio HS State meet in both the 200 and the 500 free. 

The 200 freestyle saw freshman Comet Allison Bloebaum achieve a lifetime best (1:52.68) and placed 13th as the only freshman in the event.  In the boys 200 freestyle, the boys saw Mason senior Justin Hove swim to a 7th place finish with a 1:40.32 and junior Comet Joel Thatcher brought home a 14th place finish (1:43.03).

In an exciting come from behind finish, Ursuline senior Sydney Lofquist won the 200 IM with a blistering 27.86 freestyle split to win in 1:59.91.  Cooper Hodge, junior, led Moeller with a 5th place finish in the 200 IM, 1:51.80. 

The state championships kept coming in the 50 freestyle, as Mason sophomore, Ashley Volpenhein, repeated her title with a 22.84.  Older senior sister, Julia, finished 11th with 24.14 and junior Jordan Decker was 16th (24.41) for the sprinting Comets.

The girls 100 butterfly saw Hannah Whiteley narrowly miss a state title with a 2nd place finish (54.71). 

One state title wasn’t enough for Ashley Volpenhein this year, as she won the 100 freestyle (49.73) to take home the title.  A strong performance by Comet junior Gabby Marinelli, earned her a trip to the podium finishing 7th (51.83). 

In the 500 freestyle, Sydney Lofquist finished her incredible individual high school career with an astonishing state record of 4:44.40 to break a nearly 20 year old record.  Freshman Allison Bloebaum, started her career off with a 5th place finish (4:57.94).  The Manta Ray boys also had solid performances by junior Comet Joel Thatcher with a gutsy 5th place finish (4:32.06).  Justin Hove outclassed the heat in the consolation final with a 4:30.70, good for ninth. 

Jordan Decker, Abbey Esler, Julia Volpenhein, and Ashley Volpenhein missed the state title by .01 in the 200 freestyle relay.  The Comet ladies were second to perennial powerhouse Upper Arlington. 

Hannah Whiteley, Springboro junior, continued her great meet by winning the 100 backstroke in 52.95, narrowly missing the record she set in prelims of 52.92.  The prelim swim also was a pool record.  On the boys side, Cooper Hodge gutted out a 15th place finish for Moeller (52.49). 

Sophomore Luke Van Gorp,  led his Bomber squad with a 13th place finish (58.37) in the 100 breaststroke.

The meet closed out with the 400 freestyle relay.  Sydney Lofquist led Ursuline to a fourth place finish.  Hannah Whiteley anchored Springboro to a fifth place finish.  Allison Bloebaum, Gabby Marinelli, Abbey Essler, and Lizzie Troy powered Mason to a 6th place finish.  Mary Fry guided the Aves to a 7th place finish.  All the above mentioned relays made the podium, medaling 7 of our Manta Rays.  The boys of Mason, Peter He, Joel Thatcher, and Justin Hove, sprinted to a 5th place finish  (3:08.36), and broke a long standing Mason Comet record.  Cooper Hodge helped Moeller to a 7th place finish. 

In Division ll, Tim Hagemeister was a crucial cog as a member of the D2 state champion Seven Hills team.  The sophomore, placed 4th in the 500 freestyle (4:34.29).  He also anchored the 200 freestyle relay to a 6th place finish.  Tim led off his Stinger 400 freestyle relay as they closed out the meet with a 1st place finish and state championship. 

Great high school season for our Mason Manta Rays! 

SPECIAL THANKS TO MANTA RAY PARENT JEFF BLOEBAUM FOR VOLUNTEERING TO WRITE MANY OF THE MEET RECAPS THIS YEAR!