12-year-old Mason Turner earns Five U.S. All-Time Top 10 Swims - at Iowa Championships and Speedo Sectionals

Shelly Turner
Mar 18, 2019

Cedar Rapids, IA – March 18, 2019 –Mason Turner, age 12 of Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation is now listed on the USA Swimming All-Time Top 10 list for boys age 11-12 in 5 events.

Turner was the youngest male swimmer competing at the Speedo Spring Sectionals long course meet in Rochester, Minnesota March 14-17th. The meet is the USA Swimming Central Zone Championship for Section 1. He qualified in 5 events and finished 14th place or better in each of them.

On Thursday night Turner swam the 800-meter Freestyle in 8:55.13 finishing in 10th place making that the 8th fastest time ever by an 11-12 year old boy in the US in that event. On Friday he swam 400-meter Freestyle in the B heat of finals in a time of 4:18.95, the 8th fastest time ever. On Saturday he swam 400-meter Individual Medley in the B heat of finals in a time of 4:52.22 which was the 3rd fastest time ever. And on Sunday he swam the 1500-meter Freestyle finishing in a time of 17:07.54, the 5th fastest ever. He also swam the 200-meter backstroke on Sunday, again qualifying for the B final with a time of 2:20.30. That swim is also on the All-Time Top 100 list at #52. He also has the 3rd fastest time ever in the 1000-yard freestyle short course event from his swim at the 2019 Iowa Short Course Championship meet held in February.

All five swims by Turner at the Speedo Sectionals meet re-set Iowa Swimming Inc. state records bringing Turner’s state record count to 6 long course and 8 short course including 1 as part of a 400-yard medley relay team.

Megan Oesting, head coach and owner of Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation said “Mason continues to surprise me in his ability to rise to greater and greater challenges.  He was perfectly calm and determined as he lined up to race high school guys.  For a 7th grader, that's pretty impressive.  He gave them nothing and made them earn it against him every time.  One coach at the meet saw his times and said ,"Oh he must be a pretty big 12-year-old to go that fast.  Mason is 5' 5" and 120 pounds, he's just really good at what he does.  People try to track him and his future, saying he's going to be the best, saying he's going to be left behind, and everything in between.  I don't think you can control anything outside of your own intentions and decisions, nothing is guaranteed, so I disregard all of that.  All I know is that this is a kid who loves what he does and is going to keep throwing himself into it like only he can do, and I'm going to keep helping him do that."

Mason is the son of Brian and Shelly Turner of Cedar Rapids.

Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation (EISF) is a year-round competitive USA swimming program owned and operated by champion swimmer and coach Megan Oesting. The team includes branches in Cedar Rapids, Muscatine and Burlington. Oesting won three Junior National titles, the first of which was at the age of 13, and was a member of the National Junior Team at age 16 representing the USA in Paris and East Berlin. At the age of 17 she won gold and silver in the Pan Am games in Cuba and was ranked 18th in the world for the 100 freestyle. She was an all-American at UCLA as a starter and scoring member of the UCLA National Champion water polo team. In 2010 Oesting won the USA Swimming Masters Nationals in the 50 and 100 free both in her age group and overall, with the fastest times in the 50 and 100 freestyle events for all age groups. She was ranked #1 in the world for the age group in those races that year. For more information about EISF visit www.EasternIowaSwimming.com.

(photo) Mason Turner of Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation swim team swims All-Time Top 10 times in 5 events. (photo credit: Chris Posey).