Mustang Swim Teams Start Season Strong With Record-Breaking Meet

Freshman Miller Surrette off the blocks for the third leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay at the George Mason High School swim teams’ meet last Saturday. Surrette broke two team records in individual events, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team qualified for state competition. (Photo: Carol Sly)

The George Mason High School boys and girls swim teams got off to a great start last Saturday with strong wins against Madison County High School, 135-33 and 127-43, respectively.

At this first meet of the season, the Mason teams set nine new team records. Some records that fell had been set during the founding days of the swim team in 2008; some were from the last race of last season.

In individual events, two freshmen doubled up on team records. Freshman Miller Surette set two records, one in the boys 200-yard medley (2:02.03) and one in the boys 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.15). Freshman Francesca King also broke two records, the 100-yard fly (1:02.92) and the 200-yard medley (2:20.28).

Freshman Erin McFall bested the standing time of 1:10.78 in the girls 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:05.81.

Returning swimmers Lucas Cherry and sophomore Beth Cashin broke records they set in the postseason last year, posting 0:22.44 in the boys 50-yard freestyle and 1:10.81 in the girls 100-yard breaststroke, respectively.

The boys 200-yard medley relay team posted a record-breaking time of 1:43.63, down from 1:44.71. The 200-yard freestyle relay team clocked in at 1:33.07 from the old 1:34.32 record.

After this single meet, Mason qualified swimmers for state competition in 10 out of 22 events.