The Mason Manta Rays have been awarded the top honor of a Gold medal ranking in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program. The USA Swimming Club Excellence program recognizes the organization’s highest-performing, well-rounded programs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger. The City of Mason Manta Rays finished in 8th out of over 3,000 teams. The Manta Rays were the only team in Ohio to achieve the Gold Medal status and the highest Club Excellence place for a team from Ohio.
“Starting as a City of Mason Parks & Recreation program 15 years ago, Mason Manta Rays have been blessed with so many talented young athletes and coaches that make it possible for us to achieve this standard of excellence for the first time. These swimmers all had great age group coaches who guided them along the way and we are very fortunate to have had had most of our coaches for over 10 years. We are so proud of the athletes who made this recognition possible as well as the swimmers who came before them who laid the foundation for this year’s success.” said Ken Heis, Mason Manta Rays Head Coach.
Mason Manta Rays athletes that contributed to the point total include: Allison Bloebaum, Lauren Olson, Cora Dupre, Hannah Foster, Ashley Volpenhein, Tyler Babinec, Gordon Wheeler, Griffin Manning, Adam Chaney and National Junior Team members Jake Foster and Carson Foster.
For more information regarding the City of Mason Manta Rays please visit www.masonswimming.org.