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Mason High Qualifies More Swimmers for State Meet

BOTH GIRLS and boys teams won last Tuesday. (NEWS-PRESS PHOTO)Last Tuesday the George Mason High School swim team participated in a dual meet versus Bull-Run District opponent Strasburg High School and Massanutten Military Academy. The Mustangs overpowered their opponents en route to victories for both the boys and the girls squads.

The undermanned Massanutten and Strasburg posed little problem for the Mustangs, as the boys took first by winning 109-51, and 120-33. The girls had equally as impressive victories, winning 90-29 and 78-69.

Leading the way for the Mustangs once again was the boys 4×100 freestyle relay team, who once again qualified for states with a time of 3:45:37. Their counterparts, the female 400-yd. freestyle relay squad took first as well. The men’s team was comprised of juniors Andrew Breen, Jeffrey Williams, and Kyle Nette, as well as sophomore Carlos Clark, while the girls featured juniors Jourdan Frankovich and Rebecca Ducker, as well as senior Kristi Price and freshman Kelley Frank.

Among the plethora of individual winners for Mason was Clark in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, Nette in the 200- and 500-yd. free, Williams in the 100-yd. free, and freshman Sam Parker in the 100-yd. breaststroke.

On the female side, Frank took first in the 200-yd. IM and the 500-yd. free, which she won by a mere .35 seconds. Southern placed first in another close race, the 50-yd. freestyle, taking the top spot by .4 seconds.

The girls 4×50 freestyle relay team of Price, Southern, Ducker and senior Miriam Alshagra dominated the competition, as did the women’s 4×50 medley, comprised of Alsahgra, Frankovich, Frank and Southern.

Notable performances were also turned in by junior Colin Lauer, who placed second behind Williams in the 100-yd. freestyle, and was the catalyst of the 4×50 freestyle relay team, which also included Senior Eddie Huber, in addition to Williams and Nette.

While their domination of Massanutten and Strasburg solidified the Mustangs’ dominance in the water among Single A schools, their boys’ quest for an undefeated season fell just short versus Broad Run High School, 146-132, last Saturday night.

Breen posted a new state qualifying time in the 50-yd. freestyle, swimming a 23.91 —exactly the cutoff time for the state meet. While the team came up short, the meet demonstrated a much-improved Mustang squad, as the boys 200 medley and freestyle, as well as the 400 freestyle relay teams, posted new qualifying times.

The 200 medley team was comprised of Lauer, Parker, Nette, and Breen, while the 200 freestyle team featured the same lineup, with Williams replacing Nette.

Carlos Clark enjoyed success as a member of the state-qualifying 400-yd. freestyle relay team, as well as taking first in the individual 200-yd. freestyle.

Kelley Frank swam yet another state-worthy time in the 50 yard freestyle, posting a time of 25:83. Krisie Southern took second in the same race.

Jourdan Frankovich took first in the 100-yd. breast stroke, rounding out the winners on the night for the Mustangs.

Nette swam an impressive 100-yd. butterfly, only to come up short versus state qualifier Cameron Lucas by a little more than a second.

The Mustangs next meet will take place this Saturday at AA Briar Woods High School.