Mason Turner Breaks Iowa LSC Record in 13-14 200 Yard Back

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 3

February 22nd, 2021 Club, News

2021 Iowa LSC Age Group Championships

  • February 19-21, 2021
  • Short Course Yards (25 yards)
  • Wellmark YMCA, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Results on Meet Mobile: 2021 ISI Short Course Age Group Championships

Central Iowa Aquatics came away with the combined team title at this weekend’s Iowa Swimming LSC Championships in Des Moines, defending their title from last year’s meet.

CIA won the boys’ team title while Greater Des Moines won the girls’ title.

Combined Final Team Standings:

  1. Central Iowa Aquatics – 2,659.5
  2. Greater Des Moines YMCA – 2,442.5
  3. Iowa Flyers Swim Club – 1,502.5
  4. Ames Cyclones Aquatics Club – 1,208
  5. Piranhas Swim Club – 1,016.5

The highlight swim of the weekend came from Mason Turner who is swimming unattached as part of the Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation.

Turner won 7 total races on the weekend, highlighted by a 1:51.35 in the 200 yard back. He previously set the record at the North Carolina Swimming Winter 18 & Under Champs in 1:52.78 last December, part of the USA Swimming 18 & Under Championships program.

In total, he’s taken almost two seconds off the old record that was set by I-Fly’s Forrest Frazier in 2016 at 1:53.25. Frazier, currently a freshman at Cal, is one of the best male swimmers to ever come out of the state of Iowa.

That swim is Turner’s 12th Iowa LSC Record in short course across all age groups.

Turner also came within two-tenths of a second of Frazier’s Iowa Record in the 100 back, swimming 51.84.

Across 9 timed-finals swims in 3 days Turner swam 9 lifetime bests. His other results:

  • 50 free – 22.57 (3rd place – .57 second drop)
  • 200 back – 1:51.35 (1st place – 1.43 second drop)
  • 100 fly – 51.84 (1st place – 1.83 second drop)
  • 200 free – 1:42.70 (1st place – 1.06 second drop)
  • 100 breast – 1:04.44 (2nd place – 5.01 second drop)
  • 100 back – 51.84 (1st place – 1.25 second drop)
  • 200 breast – 2:14.61 (1st place – 13.17 second drop)
  • 100 free – 48.16 (1st place – .30 second drop)
  • 200 IM – 1:57.12 (1st place – 1.00 second drop)

Megan Oesting was the head coach of the Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation until late last year, when she left to take over as the head coach of North Carolina super-club SwimMAC Carolina.

Other Higlights from the meet:

  • Owen Schwebach of the Greater Des Moines YMCA won the 50 fly and 50 free at the meet in times of 23.52 and 22.19, respectively, and was 2nd in the 100 fly behind Turner in 52.16.
  • 14-year old Willa Hage of Central Iowa Aquatics won both the 100 breaststroke (1:04.57) and 200 breaststroke (2:21.15), both of which were new lifetime best swims. The 200 breaststroke win cut five-and-a-half seconds off her previous lifetime best.


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Masons Mom
1 year ago

Thanks for the story, Braden. I believe that prior 200 back record belonged to Asher Havenhill. He went 1:52.14 at Age Group Champs in February 2020. Wanted to make sure he got the creds for that. Also a great swimmer. 🙂 I think his swim was inadvertently left off the records page.

1 year ago

1:51 in the 2 back, and a 51 in the 1 back. Did something happen in the 1back? Seems like low hanging fruit to drop enough in the 1back for that record.

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