Student Coaches Lead Mason Swimmers to Victory

January 20, 2014 2:37 PM0 comments
Mason swimmer Nik Hokaj swims to a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.12), improving his time by a second. (Photo: Courtesy Carol Sly)

Mason swimmer Nik Hokaj swims to a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.12), improving his time by a second. (Photo: Courtesy Carol Sly)

The George Mason High School boys and girls varsity swim teams traveled back to Manassas Park for a tri-meet against teams from Manassas Park and Strasburg high schools. As this was the second time Mason had competed against these two schools this season, coaches Jon-Michael Lemon and Janice Nette decided to mix things up and have some of the faster Mason swimmers do a stint as coaches. Thus swimmers who represent the depth of Mason’s teams had a chance to win and/or place, and they did so over and over again while improving their times during the meet.

Mason continued its winning ways, with the girls team winning 75-19 over Strasburg and 67-27 over Manassas Park. The boys finished ahead of Strasburg 72-22 and beat Manassas Park 76-18.

More than a dozen swimmers had personal bests for the season in their events, including Nik Hokaj, Justin Britton, Sara Mills, Daniel Reinfurt, Caelin Campbell, Noah Saberhagen, Ziggy Thetard, Madison Irwin, Anna Rice, Sarah Miller, Nabil Osborn, Ian Hokaj, and Maraena Allen-Lewis. Many swimmers competed in events new to them for this season with great results.

The nine honorary coaches excelled in keeping up with the meet, getting swimmers to the blocks for their races, taking splits, and cheering.

The teams travel back to Manassas Park’s Community Center pool for a meet against Madison County this Saturday, Jan. 25. 

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