GMHS Boys Swim Team Takes Back Region Title

MASON’S SWIM AND DIVE TEAM poses with their Region 2A championship trophies after the regional meet on Saturday, Feb. 13. (Photo: Carol Sly)
MASON’S SWIM AND DIVE TEAM poses with their Region 2A championship trophies after the regional meet on Saturday, Feb. 13. (Photo: Carol Sly)

Mason swimmers added two more trophies to the shelf this week after the boys team reclaimed their Division 2A East Regional title Saturday, Feb. 13 at Wakefield High School in Arlington. Among eleven teams, the boys finished first with 142 points over Maggie Walker’s 99 points while the Mason girls’ team earned 109 points, second to Maggie Walker with 158.

A standing room only crowd packed stands to watch the meet which began with the Mason Boys team of Justin Britton, Miller Surette, Christopher Markus, and Daniel Reinfurt winning the 200-yard Medley Relay with a state qualifying time of 1:42.56.
In the 200-yard IM, Senior Miller Surette placed first for the boys in 1:58.38 while Senior Francesca King took the only individual first place of the meet for the girls in 2:21.49.

The strength and depth of the Mason Boys’ team stood out in several events. In the 50-Yard Freestyle with Junior Justin Britton finished first in 22.66 followed by fellow Mustang Junior Daniel Reinfurt in third. Justin Britton took another first in the 100-yard Backstroke in 55.47, with Senior Christopher Markus following in fourth and Freshman Adam Janicki in fifth places respectively. Miller Surette won the 100-Yard Breaststroke, setting a new Regional record of 1:01.54, while Sophomore teammate Sam Updike dropped nearly five seconds from his seed time to take fifth place.

In the 100-yard Fly, Christopher Markus placed second for the boys while Freshman Sigrid Edson dropped over two seconds to take third for the girls. Freshman TJ Roche placed second in both the 100 and 200-yard Freestyle events, finishing over four seconds faster than his seed time in the 200.

The Mason Girls’ 200-yard Freestyle Relay consisting of Francesca King, Sigrid Edson, Sophomore Hannah Rollins and Senior Julianne Kelly took first in 1:46.15 while the Mason Boys’ team of Christopher Markus, Freshman Matthew Ng, TJ Roche and Miller Surette also placed first in 1:34.35.

During the awards presentation, Mustang swimmer Miller Surette was named top Regional Swimmer of the Year. Mason Boys’ team Coach Jack Cashin was honored as Regional Coach of the Year.

Beyond the outstanding top swims, Coaches Cashin and Karen Hamill were especially pleased with the number of swimmers who delivered new personal bests. Some of the dramatic time drops brought equally thrilling reactions by swimmers and their fans as results appeared on the scoreboard. Mustang swimmer Julianne Kelly achieved lifetime bests in her third place 50-yard Freestyle and 100-yard yard Breaststroke. Senior Ziggy Thetard dropped over seven seconds in the 200-yard Freestyle to place fifth. Dropping over 12 seconds, Senior Celia Gieser finished ninth in the 500-yard Freestyle. All three girls continue on to states.

In all, Mason sent 22 swimmers with State qualifying times or top ten finishes at Regionals to the State championship meet on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center near Virginia Tech, but results were not available at press time.