Mason Manta Rays Set 17-18 200 Mixed Medley Relay NAG at Ohio Senior Championships

by Riley Overend 5

July 15th, 2022 Club, News, Records

2022 Ohio Senior Championships

  • July 15-17, 2022
  • Mason Municipal Aquatic Center
    • Mason, Ohio
  • Long course meters (LCM)
  • Video stream
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2022 OH OSI Tim Meyers LC Senior Championship”

The Mason Manta Rays relay team of Carl Bloebaum, Jessey Li, Gibson Holmes, and Ella Jo Piersma broke the 17-18 long course 200-meter mixed medley relay National Age Group (NAG) record at the 2022 Ohio Senior Championships on Friday night in Mason, Ohio. 

Bloebaum led off with a 26.42 backstroke leg, Li posted a 31.24 breaststroke split, Holmes went 25.36 on the butterfly leg, and Piersma’s 25.56 freestyle anchor completed a final time of 1:48.58. They reached the wall just shy of the 15-18 200-meter mixed medley relay record held also by their Mason Manta Rays club. The quartet of Adam Chaney, Jake Foster, Hannah Hill, and Cora Dupre combined for a 1:47.96 back in 2019 that still stands as the NAG record.

Bloebaum, an 18-year-old Virginia Tech commit, clocked a personal-best 50 back split by .34 seconds. He also placed first in the 100 fly (52.50) — a personal best by a tenth of a second — as well as the men’s 800 free relay, where he posted a 1:53.92 opening split.

Holmes recently sent his verbal commitment to attend Duke next fall while Piersma is set to swim for Michigan starting this year. Holmes also placed first in the 800 free relay. Li, a 17-year-old Yale commit for this upcoming season, also took first place in the 100 breast (1:09.92), just off her personal best from April’s International Team Trials.

The Mason Manta Rays lowered the previous NAG record set by the Canton City Schools quartet of Hunter Armstrong, Jamyson Robb, Parker Timken, and Will Rose at the 2019 Lake Erie Senior Championships in Akron, Ohio. Armstrong opened with a 25.93 back split, Robb went 32.59 on breast, then Timken split 28.13 on fly before Rose closed with a 23.41 freestyle anchor to finish in 1:50.07. Bloebaum and Piersma didn’t quite match the splits of Armstrong and Rose, but Li and Holmes more than made up the difference during the middle two legs of the relay.

Splits Comparison

Mason Manta Rays Canton City Schools
New Record Old Record
50 Back Carl Bloebaum – 26.42 Hunter Armstrong – 25.93
50 Breast Jessey Li – 31.24 Jamyson Robb – 32.59
50 Fly Gibson Holmes – 25.36 Parker Timken – 28.13
50 Free Ella Jo Piersma – 25.56 Will Rose – 23.41
Final Time 1:48.58 1:50.07

The previous NAG record before Canton City Schools was from 2017, a 1:50.91 by The Woodlands’ team of Ashley Pollok, Zach Hansen, Nolan Persyn, and Valerieanne Staffeldt

USA Swimming began recognizing mixed relay NAG records in September 2018 after the inclusion of mixed relays at both the FINA World Championships and Olympics.

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6 months ago

31? 💀

6 months ago

A lot of fast Ohio swimmers

Reply to  Joe
6 months ago

Jessey the goat

6 months ago

Fun event – great swim!

Swim fan
6 months ago

Jessey Li is committed to swim at Yale next year as well. Great relay – great pool – great team!

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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