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Mason Swim Teams Advance to 9-0

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(Reprinted with permission from The Falls Church News Press)

The George Mason swim teams extended their undefeated streaks to nine on Friday night as both the boys and the girls took down Clarke County at the Dunn Loring YWCA, Mason’s home pool. The teams fared almost identically against their familiar opponent; the girls’ team won 110-57, while the final of the boys meet was 112-56.

For the ninth consecutive meet, both Mason squads absolutely dominated their opponents, capturing first in 20 of the 22 total events. Junior Kelley Frank had a state qualifying time in the 100 yard butterfly posting a clip of 1:05. Oddly enough, Frank did not win the event; Clarke’s Anne Bosacco, also a junior, swam at a state qualifying level as well. She beat out Frank for first with a time of 1:02.

Junior Brandy Arredondo set a new team record time in the 200 yard freestyle. Arredondo already had possession of the record, but she lowered the mark to 2:22.

The girls 400 yard freestyle relay team had a record-setting performance as well. The relay team consisting of Frank, junior Karen Hamill, and freshmen Leah Thirkill and Gen Jordan improved upon the mark which they had set earlier this year as they lowered the record time to 4:17.

In addition to the record setting performances, the Mason girls’ team had several other standouts. Freshman Claire Constance swam an impressive race in the 500 free style, one of the more exhausting individual events, beating out Clarke County’s Sophia Neuber by less than 2 seconds in a race that lasted over 7 minutes.

Another freshman, Carolyn Schmitt also took first in an individual event, posting a time of 1:17 in the 100 breaststroke.

The aforementioned juniors, Frank and Hamill each won individual races on top of their record breaking swims. Frank won the 200 yard freestyle and Hamill the 50 free.

On the boys side, it was the usual suspects doing the damage for the Mustangs. Junior Sam Parker had another big meet, winning the 500 yard freestyle by 13 seconds in addition to being a part of the victorious 200 yard freestyle relay team.

Parker’s relay teammate, sophomore Sam Butler continued his dominance in the 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 1:11 as he edged out Lawson Moore, a Clarke County senior.

Another multi-event winner for Mason was senior Carlos Clark. Clark, along with sophomore Will Doty, senior Jack Cashin, and freshman Alex Valentino smoked the competition by over 20 seconds in the boys 400 freestyle relay. Ten events prior to the relay, Clark won the boys 100 yard free with a clip of 55.27 seconds.

The win over Clarke County was just the Mustangs’ second home meet of the season. The first was a week earlier against Stonewall Jackson High School in which both squads won in blowout fashion, once again. Mason swimmers took first place in 21 of the 22 events. One of the highlights of the meet was Kelley Frank earning a state qualifying time in the 200 yard individual medley while setting a new team record in the event. Sam Butler and Brandy Arredondo set team records of their own in the boys 200 yard IM and girls 200 freestyle.

The Mustangs will face another familiar foe when they put their undefeated record on the line against Strasburg in their third and final home meet of the regular season this Friday at the Dunn Loring YWCA. The meet begins at 7:30.

Following the Strasburg meet, the teams will head to Bristol, Virginia for the Single A Invitationals where they will look to prove themselves as the top Single A squad in the state for the second year in a row.