Last week, the George Mason High School swimming team participated in two meets, faring extremely well in both, while their boys 200-yard freestyle relay team and freshman Kelley Frank qualified for the Virginia State Championships.
On Jan. 6, the Mason team went into the pool as the heavy underdogs, facing AA schools Dominion High School and Freedom High School. However, the boys continued their amazing season, winning both of their competitions, defeating Dominion by a score of 97-94, and besting Freedom 99-89.
Leading the way for the boys were sophomore Carlos Clark, who took first in the 200-yd. freestyle, as well as the 500-yd. freestyle, and junior Andrew Breen, who won the 50-yd. free over Freedom’s Brendan Slezak by a mere .23 seconds.
Also posting good times for the men swimmers were the 400-yd. freestyle relay team of Clark, sophomore Jack Cashin, senior Eddie Huber, and freshman Sam Parker, who won with a time of 3:59.78.
In what was their best race of the season, the boys 200-yd. freestyle relay team, comprised juniors Kyle Nette, Colin Lauer, Jeff Williams, and Andrew Breen, swam the race in a season high of 1:37.55, qualifying for states by beating the required time of 1:41.84.
While the girls team lost its meet, freshman Kelley Frank provided a bright spot with a pair of state qualifying times. Frank took first in the 50-yd. freestyle with a time of 25.02, and although she placed second in the 100 yard freestyle to three-time state champion Lauren Ritter of Dominion, Frank came away with her best time of the season, a state-qualifying mark of 58.50.
Just two days earlier, Mason took on Clarke County High School and Strasburg High at the Strasburg pool. The Mustang boys once again dominated the competition, beating Clarke 98-71 and trouncing Strasburg 113-38. The men were led by the 200 freestyle relay team who swam a 1:39.19 in the meet, once again posting a state-qualifying time.
Nette also took first in the 200-yd. individual medley, winning by an astonishing seven seconds, as well as taking first in the men’s 100-yard butterfly, over fellow Mustang Clark. Clark continued his winning ways in the 500 freestyle, winning by nearly a minute. He was also part of the winning 200 medley relay team, containing Williams, Nette, Clark, and Breen.
Sam Parker took first in the 100-yd. breaststroke, as well as in the 200-yd. freestyle. Once again, Mason proved their strongest part of the team to be the relay squad, as Clark, Huber, sophomore Melbert Schwarz, and Parker took first in the 400 freestyle relay, winning by nine seconds over Clarke.
While their male teammates dominated the meet, the girls team did not fare as well. Beating Strasburg 81-72, they once again fell to Clarke, 85-71, although the score was much closer this time around.
Mason was led by freshman Kelley Frank and junior Krisie Southern, both of whom were members of the winning 200-yd. medley relay team with senior Mariam Alsagra, junior Jourdan Frankovich. Southern took first in the 50-yd. freestyle, and nearly won in the 100-yd. free, losing to Strasburg’s Nicole Neff by a scant .3 seconds.
Frank took first in the 200 individual medley, as well as in the 100-yd. butterfly. Rounding out the first place finishes for the girls was the 400-yd. freestyle relay squad of Frankovich, senior Kirsti Price, junior Rebecca Ducker, and Frank.
The Mustangs had a meet this past Wednesday, Jan. 10, once again battling Strasburg. Results were not available at press time.