City of Mason Manta Rays Path to the Olympics

Becoming an Olympic swimmer is no easy feat. Only .01% of USA swimmers qualify for the opportunity to compete to be on the USA Olympic Swimming Team. The City of Mason is proud to announce that 13 Manta Rays swimmers have qualified to compete in the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.

To qualify for the Olympic Swimming Trials, swimmers must meet the time standard set by USA Swimming, the National governing body of the sport. The Trials time standards are released approximately two years prior to the Olympic games and are based on the type of stroke, individual vs. medley, as well as men vs. women. Qualifying swimmers must ultimately finish in the top two of one of the 13 individual events. If an athlete is participating in a swimming relay, he/she must place in the top six in the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle relays.

Leading up to the 2020 Olympic Trials, the Mason Manta Rays had 11 swimmers qualify for the Trials. On Friday, May 14 Jessey Li and Griffin Manning joined this group of 11 swimmers. Following the unprecedented events of the pandemic, USA Swimming developed a plan to conduct the Olympic Trials in an environment that prioritizes the safety and health of athletes by dividing the Trials into two competitions, Wave I and Wave II. Below are the dates of when each wave of the Trials is taking place and which Mason Manta Rays swimmers will be competing.

Wave II includes the top 50-60 qualifiers in each event. The Wave II Cuts are set based on the 41st qualifier for the Olympic Trials as of January 26, 2021. For more information on the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, please click here.

Watch the City of Mason Manta Rays on their path leading up to the Olympics! Manta Ray swimmers begin competing this Sunday in Wave II and will be broadcasted on NBC and live streamed here. For updated Wave II results, click here.

U.S. OLYMPIC SWIM TRIALS – WAVE II

Omaha, Nebraska · June 13 – June 20
*Preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m. each day.

Sunday, June 13

Carson Foster          400 Individual Medley
Jacob Foster             400 Individual Medley
Jacob Foster             100 Breaststroke

Monday, June 14

Cora Dupre               100 Backstroke
Carson Foster           200 Freestyle
Adam Chaney           100 Backstroke

Tuesday, June 15

Cora Dupre               200 Freestyle
Carl Bloebaum          200 Butterfly
Carson Foster           200 Butterfly
Cora Dupre               200 Individual Medley

Wednesday, June 16

Adam Chaney            100 Freestyle
Jacob Foster               200 Breaststroke

Thursday, June 17

Cora Dupre                100 Freestyle
Carson Foster             200 Individual Medley (IM)
Jacob Foster               200 Individual Medley (IM)
Jacob Foster               200 Breaststroke

Friday, June 18

Carl Bloebaum            100 Butterfly                 Watch Live at 12:00 p.m.
Carson Foster             200 IM Finals                  Watch Live at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 19

Adam Chaney             50 Freestyle                   Watch Live at 11:00 a.m.
Cora Dupre                 50 Freestyle                   Watch Live at 11:15 a.m.

A Matter of 50 Meters has partnered with the City of Mason to construct the enclosed 50 meter pool at the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center, the newest wave of wellness in Mason. A Matter of 50 Meters has ambitions to raise money towards the completion of the enclosed 50 meter pool. To support their cause or learn more about A Matter of 50 Meters, please visit www.amatterof50meters.org

Stay tuned for updates and viewing links!

The entire Mason community wishes these City of Mason Manta Rays athletes the best of luck as they continue their vigorous path to the Olympics!

To learn more about the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center, and the City’s commitment to teaching all residents how to be safe in the water with the addition of this wellness facility,  click here.