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Carl Bloebaum Selected to Participate at 2019 USA Swimming National Select Camp

Forty-eight top male athletes invited to train at Olympic Training Center

                   SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW A MANTA RAY HAS BEEN SELECTED                                                     

Mason, OH–  Carl Bloebaum, 15, a City of Mason Manta Ray swimmer has been chosen as one of 48 boys from across the country to participate in USA Swimming’s National Select Camp slated for October 24-27 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This is the seventh year in a row the City of Mason has had an athlete selected for this prestigious camp.  Bloebaum follows in the steps of Manta Ray greats: Zoe Thatcher, Cooper Hodge, Sydney Lofquist, Jake Foster, Adam Chaney, and Ansel Froass. 

“We’re thrilled that Carl Bloebam can take part of such an amazing experience,” said Head Coach Ken Heis “This camp could be the inspiration they need to catapult their swimming career and bring them to the next level that they have worked so hard for.”

During the three-day camp, Bloebaum will experience the day-to-day routine of a U.S. National Team athlete and utilize the state-of-the-art training facilities. The campers will learn from top professionals about post-race recovery, psychological training skills, nutrition and stroke technique. In addition, campers will hear from headlining speaker and confidence coach, James Leath. He teaches the mental strength skills and leadership development tools through interactive lectures and team building activities.

“As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in this country, it is very exciting for us to be able to host some of the best young talent in the pool today,” USA Swimming’s Senior Director of Education, Programs and Services Mariejo Truex said. “The National Select Camp provides swimmers on the cusp of reaching international-level competition with an invaluable opportunity, tools and experience to help continue the upward trajectory of their swimming careers.”

In addition to a group of top-tier coaches, U.S. National Team member, Zane Grothe, will help instruct the athletes in attendance.

Bloebaum is one of 48 top USA Swimming male athletes selected for the camp. Swimmers are selected from the SWIMS database of top times during the 2019 qualifying period, where the three fastest athletes in each event - ranging from age 14 to 16 - are invited to the camp. In addition, the six highest-scoring IMX athletes ages 15-16 are also invited.

USA Swimming also invites the coach of each of the swimmers to the camp; therefore, the City of Mason will send Manta Ray coach Mark Sullivan to attend as well.  There was a separate educational track for all of the coaches while the USA National team coaches work with the athletes.  Topics for coaches include mental skills; race analysis; biomechanical tools for the coach; introduction to video analysis; testing programs for physiology; nutrition; drug testing responsibilities. 


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About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition, including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit