Swimmers Win Eight Events at George Mason

Monday, December 6, 2021
photo by Melody Howe ’22

Mercersburg’s boys’ and girls’ swimmers were among 600 athletes that competed at the 2021 Potomac Marlins Winter Classic December 2-5 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The meet attracted a number of top club teams from the greater Washington metro area.

Blue Storm athletes turned in a number of top performances, including eight first-place finishes by six different athletes. Mark Van Eybergen ’23 won the boys’ 1,000-yard freestyle and 200 butterfly; Teddy Blake ’23 took first in the boys’ 200 backstroke and 500 free. 

Other individual event winners from Mercersburg included Leah Gentry-Tuney ’22 (girls’ 50 breaststroke), Maddie Koutavas ’22 (girls’ 100 breast), Ryan Nordheim ’22 (boys’ 50 fly), and Jerry Wei ’25 (boys’ 13/14 50 breast).

Team scores were not kept.

“It was a great weekend—our kids swam fast and had a ton of fun,” Mercersburg head coach Glenn Neufeld said. “The meet will help to lay the foundation for a great varsity season, which culminates with Easterns in February.”

Mercersburg’s top finishers included:

Thursday, December 2
boys’ 1000 free: Van Eybergen, 9:31.66 (1st)

Friday, December 3
boys’ 200 free: CJ Sheldon ’22, 1:40.00 (2nd); Blake, 1:41.90 (3rd)
boys’ 13/14 50 breast: Wei, 28.70 (1st)
girls’ 50 breast: Gentry-Tuney, 29.42 (1st); Koutavas, 30.38 (3rd) 
girls’ 200 back: Ingrid Janney ’24, 2:03.46 (2nd)
boys’ 200 back: Blake, 1:51.35 (1st)
girls’ 400 IM: Isabella Van Ess ’22, 4:34.90 (3rd)
boys’ 400 IM: Blake, 4:06.80 (3rd)

Saturday, December 4
girls’ 50 free: Jade Matthias ’22, 23.86 (3rd)
boys’ 200 fly: Van Eybergen, 1:52.08 (1st)
boys’ 13/14 100 breast: Wei, 1:03.96 (2nd)
girls’ 100 breast: Koutavas, 1:04.38 (1st); Gentry-Tuney, 1:04.78 (2nd); Van Ess, 1:07.24 (3rd)
boys’ 500 free: Blake, 4:32.46 (1st); Van Eybergen, 4:34.17 (2nd)
girls’ 400 medley relay: Janney/Maddie Koutavas/Gentry-Tuney/Matthias, 3:51.20 (2nd)

Sunday, December 5
boys’ 100 free: Nordheim, 46.19 (3rd)
boys’ 13/14 200 breast: Ryan Kothari ’25, 2:21.70 (2nd)
boys’ 100 back: Mason Green, 51.73 (2nd)
boys’ 50 fly: Nordheim, 22.70 (1st)

The Blue Storm hosts longtime rival Peddie for a dual meet in swimming and diving Saturday, January 15, at 1 p.m. in the Lloyd Aquatic Center. (Watch a live stream of the meet)
 


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