Mason's Ashley Volpenhein Selected as LaRosa's Female Athlete of the Year

06/27/2017

Ashley Volpenhein has added another honor to her Mason HS swimming career.  The vaulted senior swimming standout has been named the Cincinnati's Female Athlete of the Year for 2017.  

Ashley Volpenhein was named the girls High School MVP of the Year at the annual Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame banquet held in Studio A of CET along with St. Xavier's Grant House this past Sunday. 

Volpenhein is one of the most decorated swimmers in Cincinnati history. A seven-time state champion, she won six individual state titles during her career and one relay state championship. In her four years at Mason, the Comets placed second in the state twice and third in the state twice.

“It’s been a great experience to do this with somebody that has helped bring Cincinnati swimming into the foreground, there are some great athletes that have gone through local swimming programs and this area is really a powerhouse when compared to some other sports,” Volpenhein said. “I think it’s great to get more exposure for swimming and I’m honored to get this award with Grant, since we’ve had mirrored high school experiences.”

House and Volpenhein will continue to see each other at the collegiate level as they are both heading out West and to the Pacific-12 Conference – House will swim at Arizona State while Volpenhein will compete for Stanford.

The swimming duo were just two of 12 individuals that were named MVP of the Year Finalists. Mason softball pitching standout, Elle Buffenbarger, was an MVP finalist and also recognized at the event for her tremendous high school career.  This past season she was named GMC Co-Softball Player of the Year and selected 1st Team All-State.  She is headed to Youngstown State University next fall to continue her softball career on the collegiate level.  

(Article content compliments of Mason Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen)