Marshall's Weber wins top swimming award

Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Mason Weber, 14, won the points title for his age group at the Lawrence (Kan.) Aquahawk Invitational on July 8-10.

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- After several finishes in the top three, Marshall swimmer Mason Weber, 14, won the points title for his age group at the Lawrence (Kan.) Aquahawk Invitational on July 8-10.

Weber -- swimming for the elite Kansas City Blazers team -- finished in the top five places among 13- and 14-year-olds in all 11 of his events, including a victory in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:47.80). He was second in the 100-meter breast (1:17.94) and butterfly (1:07.38), 200- (2:27.50) and 400-meter (5:12.62) individual medleys, and 800-meter freestyle (9:28.42) -- in which he beat the USA Swimming "AAA" standard by 10 seconds, qualifying him for the Central Zone Championships next month at Ann Arbor, Mich.

Blazers teammate Brock Musick, 12, of Marshall was in the top 15 in all 10 of his races -- the best being fifth in the 50-meter backstroke (36.40), missing the AAA time by a mere .37 seconds.

On June 17-19, Weber won two events at the Kerr-McGee Summer Splash in Oklahoma City: breaking his previous AAA time in the 100 breast (1:16.55) and placing first in the 200 breast (2:49.31). He finished no lower than sixth place, notching Zone qualifying marks with a second in the 400 IM (5:16.04) and third in the 50- (28.02 seconds) and 400-meter (4:38.61) free.

Musick placed in the top 10 in his nine events, including third in the 50 free (31.35) and breast (43.72).

Both swimmers will be in action Aug. 5-7 in the Missouri Valley Swimming Division I Championships at Lenexa, Kan.

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