The George Mason High School boys and girls varsity swim teams didn’t miss a beat after winter break, continuing on their winning ways last Saturday night in a tri-meet against Clarke County and William Monroe high school teams at the Manassas Park Community Center.
The pool deck and the bleachers were packed as all three teams, along with the timers, starters, judges, and fans filled the space with their energy and cheers.
Three Mason swimmers opened the meet by singing the national anthem. Then the meet ran with great efficiency moving through the 22 events, and the multiple heats, in less than two hours.
The Mason girls came out ahead of Clarke County 63-31 and topped William Monroe 69-25. The Mason boys won as well over Clarke County 75-17 and over William Monroe 60-34.
Two swimmers qualified to swim in events at the state competition. Sophomore Jared Britton and Freshman Erin McFall each earned qualifying times in the 100-yard freestyle, 50:45 and 56.72, respectively.
Both swimmers had already earned their spot in the state contest and Mason had already secured a spot in the race, but as more swimmers qualify, coaches can decide in which races to enter swimmers to get the best result for the team standings.
Both the boys and girls teams are building depth and flexibility into their line-ups for states with added qualifying times. Of the 22 events at the state competition, Mason has swimmers qualified in 15.
The George Mason swim teams will travel to Manassas again this Saturday to swim against Central-Woodstock High School.