Last Saturday’s first swim meet of the season, against Central-Woodstock High School at Manassas Community Center, marked a strong beginning of the new season for George Mason High School’s boys and girls varsity swim teams. Many individual athletes and relays made times fast enough to qualify for the VHSL state meet at the end of this season; one athlete did that and set personal records in two events.
“Both girls and boys set the bar high for our district, and we expect they’ll continue to make it higher,” Assistant Coach Janice Nette said.
The late afternoon event started with boys 200-yard medley relay, which set the tone for the meet. Mason teams finished 1-2, with the first-place team of Nick Roberson, Miller Surette, Jared Britton, and Christopher Markus achieving a VHSL qualifying time of 1:44.37. The girls followed with identical results, a 1-2 finish with the winning team making a VHSL qualifying time: Erin McFall, Beth Cashin, Francesca King, and Julianne Kelly finished the relay in 1:58.17.
The afternoon stretched into early evening with Mason placing first in most events. The boys 200-yard freestyle saw Roberson place first with a VHSL qualifying time of 1:50.17, followed by Vincent Camacho in third and Nabil Osborn in fourth. For the girls 200-yard freestyle, Mason’s Ziggy Thetard was in first (2:22.93) with Madison Irwin third and Anna Rice fourth.
In the boys 200-yard individual medley, Surette place first, setting a personal record and qualifying for states with a time of 1:59.30. Markus was second with a time of 2:25.92.
The girls finished 1-2 as well, with King making a VHSL qualifying time of 2:21.01, followed in by Team Captain Sara Mills at 3:03.10.
Nineteen boys and 12 girls, each in three heats, competed in the 50-yard freestyle. For the boys, Jared Britton had a VHSL qualifying time of 22.81 and won; Austin Gogal was third, followed by Daniel Feinfurt in fourth. Erin McFall was first for the girls, with a VHSL qualifying time of 26:46, with Kelly in second and Sydney Marple in third.
The 100-yard butterfly was 1-2 for both boys and girls – on the boys race it was Gogal and Justin Britton, for the girls, King and Hannah Hiscott.
The 100-yard freestyle saw another large group of Mason boys and girls competing in multiple heats. The boys team swam to a 1-2 finish with Jared Britton making a VHSL qualifying time in 51:37. Reinfurt was third, followed closely by Jackson Jost. The girls team was led by Cashin in first place with a VHSL qualifying time of 58:54 and Marple in fourth.
Miller Surette set his second personal record of the meet with his win in the 500-yard freestyle, a VHSL qualifying time of 4:53.85. Camacho was second. The girls team came in 1-2-3 with Sarah Miller winning (6:28.53), followed by Irwin and Rice.
For the boys 200-yard freestyle relay, the team took first (Gogal, Jost, Daniel Reinfurt, and Britton) and third (Osborn, John Marshall, Preston Meeks, and Will Earman), and the girls were first (McFall, Cashin, King, and Kelly) and second (Mills, Thetard, Hiscott, and Irwin).
The boys took the top three places in the backstroke: Roberson 57.0 (a VHSL qualifying time), Markus and Justin Britton, and the girls followed their lead with McFall winning (1:06.21, a VHSL qualifying time) and Thetard and Hiscott second and third. The boys breaststroke saw Osborn finish second (1:12.98) followed closely by Jost. The girls captured the top three finishes with Cashin in first (1:12.19, a VHSL qualifying time) and Kelly and Miller touching next.
The meet concluded with the 400-yard freestyle relay. The boys finished 1-2 with the winning team achieving a VHSL qualifying time of 3:30.06 (Surette, Markus, Britton, and Roberson). The girls concluded the meet with teams finishing first in 5:09.07 (Irwin, Rice, Thetard, and Miller) and third.
The Mason boys swim team earned a total of 122 points to Central-Woodstock’s 46 and the Mustang girls won 127.5 to 36.5.
This Saturday at 8 p.m., the teams will compete in a tri-meet with Manassas Park and Central-Woodstock high schools at the Manassas Community Center. They will compete again the last Saturday of winter break.