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Swim team: (Unofficial) State Champions

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After two incredible days of swimming, the Mason Swim Team came back with a lot to be proud of.

For the first time, the swim team had multiple swimmers in individual events in the finals, and also for the first time, they had one of the boys (junior Lucas Cherry) bring home a medal for an individual event.

Previously, they’ve only brought home medals for a girl in an individual event and a boys relay.  The boys scored the most points of any Single A team, making them the "Unofficial State Champions for Single A" and the girls had the second highest point total behind Patrick Henry HS.

Unfortunately, VHSL still lumps the single A schools into the same meet as the AA schools, so having our swimmers make it to finals is significant.

The girls 400 Free Relay was the last event of the day and the swim team was off posing for the picture when someone said they had posted the results of the event and the girls had make it to the finals.

The icing on the cake was that girls also set a new team record in the process, breaking the old record set in 2009 by five seconds!  The new team record is 3:59.50 set by junior Julia Estrada, sophomore Angelika Johns, senior Leah Thirkill and sophomore Beth Cashin.

George Mason State Results


Boys 200 Medley Relay-- finished 15th with a time of 1:46.06

Boys 100 Backstroke – junior Lucas Cherry finished eighth with a time of 55.66 and sophomore Nick Roberson finished 13th with a time of 57.60

Girls 100 Breaststroke – sophomore Beth Cashin finished 14th with a time of 1:11.84. She lowered her record time in the event at Preliminaries with a 1:11.76.

Girls 400 Free Relay finished 16th with a time of 3:59.95

Lucas Cherry was seeded 14th in the finals of the 100 Freestyle event, but scratched out of it due to knee troubles.  The alternate (the next fastest swimmer in the preliminaries) who replaced him was a senior from Briar Woods (a team in the Dulles District where the swim team swam for the last two years) and he ended up finishing in tenth place, breaking a team record he had been chasing all season.


Other Results from Preliminaries:

Girls Medley Relay - 23rd, 2:01.74

Boys 200 Free – senior Alex Valentino - 25th, 2:04.73 and junior Vincent Camacho - 28th, 2:09.35

Girls 200 Free – junior Julia Estrada - 25th, 2:16.09

Girls 200 IM – freshman Sarah Miller - 28th, 2:39.73 and sophomore Angelika Johns - 2:40.89

Girls 50 Free – sophomore Beth Cashin - 28th, 26.30 and junior Leah Thirkill - 39th, 27.83

Boys 100 Fly – sophomore Austin Gogal - 30th, 1:00.98

Boys 100 Free – sophomore Nick Roberson - 34th, 52.03

Girls 100 Free – junior Leah Thirkill - 33rd, 1:00.38

Boys 500 Free – senior Reid Back - 28th, 5:48.57 and senior Alex Valentino - 29th, 5:54.81

Girls 500 Free – junior Julia Estrada - 31st, 6:17.71 and freshman Madison Irwin - 33rd, 6:41.23

Boys 200 Free Relay - Tied for 34th - 1:40.84

Girls 200 Free Relay - 27th, 1:55.54

Boys 100 Back – junior Vincent Camacho - 28th, 1:04.91

Girls 100 Back – senior Genevieve Jordan - 35th, 1:15.34

Boys 100 Breast – senior Sam Cashin - 34th, 1:11.48

Girls 100 Breast – senior Carolyn Schmitt - 23rd, 1:16.67

Boys 400 Free Relay - 23rd, 3:46.86


Girls and boys soccer start season off with a bang

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By Paul Darmstadter 

Both the girls and boys varsity soccer teams have started their seasons off undefeated and full of confidence.  Each team has played only three games; two games against Strasburg and Clarke County were postponed due to snow on the field, against Warren County, Madison County, and William Monroe.  Both teams are either leading or tied for the lead in the Bull Run District standings.

The boys team has shut out all their opponents and are leading the Bull Run District in scoring with 20 goals in three games.  Their leading goal scorer is Raheem Lawal, with six goals.  The team defeated Warren County 4-0, and mercy ruled Madison County and William Monroe 8-0 at home. 

“I am happy with the way we started the started the season,” said Kavon Nowroozi, junior.  “I think we have overwhelmed all our opponents with our dominating possession and quick counterattacks.  We are good defensively because we put constant pressure on the other team, causing them to make mistakes and we have a very clinical attack.”

The team hopes to break the school records for most shutouts in a season (18) and most goals in a season (104) as well and win another...


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The impact of a marathon

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An avid runner from the 6th grade, Jeff Buck now joins GMHS as the newest distance track coach


By Blaise Sevier 


Around the age of 12, and just before his parent’s first marathon Jeff Buck, George Mason’s newest distant track coach, realized one of his lifetime passions... running.

“Before training for the marathon [my parents] had never really been into running and I thought to myself, ‘wow, that must have took them lots of determination and courage to do that.’ That's when I joined my middle school track team and took up running.”

The hard work his parents put into the 26.2 miles of the Vermont marathon is what Buck credits his interest of running to.

“I've been running competitively since 6th grade, that's when I ran my first 5k and was basically hooked ever since.”

In fact he was so hooked that soccer tennis and rugby fell to the wayside as running seemed to take over his afternoons. This determination led him to run competitively in high school and then in college at East Stroudsburg University where coincidentally competed against Julie Bravin, George Mason’s Assistant Athletic Director and French teacher.  

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