Swimming ‘Stangs Top Clarke Co. & Will Monroe

Mason’s Miller Surette swims the backstroke a full lap ahead of his competitor in next lane in the 200-yard individual medley, placing first and setting a new team record of 1:59.10 in the event. (Photo: Courtesy Carol Sly)

Records were made, new state-meet qualifying times were posted, and some really tight finishes had fans and teammates cheering loudly into the night last Saturday as the George Mason High School boys and girls varsity swim teams competed in a meet against teams from Clarke County and William Monroe high schools.

Both rivals brought their best competition and saw some outstanding individual performances, but it was not enough to stop the Mustangs’ win streak at this season’s district meets.

The Mustang boys had 81 points to William Monroe’s 13. The boys’ score was the same against Clarke County, 81-13. The girls were ahead of William Monroe, 62-32, and topped Clarke County by a score of 69-25.

The boys opened the meet with first- and second-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay. They continued that theme all evening, coming in first in every race and second in quite a few more. The girls followed suit by placing first in the 200-yard medley relay, but they didn’t get another first-place touch until Beth Cashin’s extra stretch to reach in the 50-yard freestyle ahead of the Clarke County swimmer by .02 seconds.

There were other close finishes throughout the meet. Sarah Miller almost caught the William Monroe swimmer in the 200-yard individual medley, but came in second). In the 100-yard freestyle, Jared Britton (0:50.09) was barely a blink of the eye ahead of teammate Nick Roberson (0:50.35). In the girls 500-yard freestyle, Sarah Miller nearly came back in the last 25 to catch her opponent from William Monroe, shy of first place by only a second after 20 lengths. Julianne Kelly (1:18.69) had a similarly tight finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, a second off of a first-place finish.

Miller Surette won by more than 20 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.10) and by nine seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.64), lowering his record times in both.

New state-meet qualifying times and first-place finishes were posted by Chris Markus in the 100-yard fly (0:59.11), Francesca King in the 100-yard backstroke (1:07.16), and Surette in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.64).

The Mustangs swim next at the Manassas Park Community Center this Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8:30 p.m. against teams from Manassas Park and Strasburg high schools.