George Mason High School swimmers concluded their regular season with wins for both the boys and girls teams against Madison County High School.
Four swimmers made VHSL state-meet qualifying times in seven different events: Miller Surette qualified in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard fly, Erin McFall qualified in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, Nick Roberson swam fast on the longest and shortest races to qualify in the 500- and 50-yard freestyle, and Julianne Kelly qualified in the 50-yard freestyle. McFall’s time in the 200-yard freestyle set a new school record (2:05.96) previously held by teammate Francesca King.
Mason opened the meet by shaving nearly half a second off of its boys 200-yard medley relay time with Roberson, Jared Britton, Surette, and Austin Gogal getting first place in 1:44.12. The strong girls relay with Ziggy Thetard, Kelly, King, and Sara Mills took more than eight seconds off of its best time for first place in 2:07.19.
The boys swept the 200-yard freestyle, taking first through third, with Surette in first with his VHSL time of 1:50.32, followed by Jared Britton (2:00.53) and Nik Hokaj (2:03.18). McFall’s state-qualifying and record-setting time was for second place by a second behind Madison County.
The boys and girls dominated in the 200-yard individual medley, with Christopher Markus on top for Mason in 2:19.18, followed by teammates Ian Hokaj and Will Earman. First, second, and third for the girls were King (2:19.10, improving her time by five seconds), Beth Cashin and Sarah Miller.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Roberson touched first for his VHSL time (0:23.35), followed closely by two teammates, Daniel Reinfurt (0:25.42) and Vincent Camacho (0:25.78). The girls team saw Kelly in first with her VHSL time (0:26.60) followed by two teammates tying for third (Anna Rice and Blaise Sevier, 0:29.65).
The boys and girls 100-yard fly were both 1-2-3 finishes for Mason and the dominance continued with the same results in the 100- and 500-yard freestyle. For the 200-yard freestyle relay, Mason had both boys and girls teams finish first and second. In the 100-yard backstroke for the boys, Markus was first followed by Camacho and Ian Hokaj to round out the top three. The girls had first with King, third with Cashin, and fourth with Thetard.
The boys and girls 100-yard breaststroke races saw tight Mason 1-2-3 finishes: Nabil Osborn (1:11.57), Andrew Hokaj (1:12.81), and Jackson Jost (1:14.10) for the boys, and Kelly (1:18.31), Shanley Kirk (1:32.91), and Maraena Allen-Lewis (1:34.91) for the girls.
The Mustangs finished the meet by showing not just speed but the depth on their teams, taking 1-2-3 in both the boys and girls 400-yard freestyle relays. The boys group that won finished in 3:56.06 (Justin Britton, Reinfurt, Markus, Camacho), and the girls did it in 4:04.72 (Cashin, Celia Gieser, King, McFall).
After the national anthem had opened the meet, Mason took a moment to recognize the 11 seniors on its teams (Vincent Camacho, Austin Gogal, Juliette Hegadorn, Nik Hokaj, John Marshall, Sara Mills, Nick Roberson, Noah Saberhagen, Anastasia Tolstikhin, Alex Warren, and Leah Worley). On Feb. 4, between the JV and varsity girls basketball games, there will be a formal recognition with Senior Night in the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School gym.
Mason will continue into post-season competitions with its top 12 boys and top 13 girls, starting with the District Meet next Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Manassas Park Community Center. The bleachers will be packed with swimmers and fans from Central-Woodstock, Clarke County, George Mason, Madison County, Manassas Park, Strasburg, and William Monroe high schools. Regionals will follow at Arlington’s Wakefield High School on Feb. 15.