Swimmers Win Gold at FSL Championships

Sara Matson ’20 won the 200 freestyle in a Marshall-Platt pool-record time of 1:59.95. (Photo by Jim Inverso)

Jonathan Lessiohadi ’18 won the 200-yard freestyle and anchored the team that won the 400 freestyle relay and Sara Matson ’20 won the 200-yard freestyle to clinch three wins for the Cougarfish as George School hosted the Friends Schools League swimming championships on February 11, 2017.

“Jonathan won the boys 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.03, lowering the pool record of 1:50.57 set last year by Friends’ Central’s Gus Anderson. Lessiohadi narrowly defeated Friends Central’s Billy Wilkerson, who settled for second in 1:49.74,” reported Karen Sangillo, staff writer, Bucks County Courier Times.

“I tried to save a little at the end so I could close on him, and that’s what happened,” Jonathan said. “I’m very happy with that swim.”

“He also anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay for teammates Aaron Zhao ’19, Tyler Mahlmann ’17, and Thomas Zeng ’19. The foursome clocked in at 3:27.29,” said Karen.

Jonathan finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.86). Cruz Buitron of Westtown came in first with a time of 1:00.75.

“I’m a little disappointed in the breaststroke, but it happens,” Jonathan said. “We had a great relay at the end, so we finished strong.”

“Friends’ Central won its 14th consecutive boys team title with 78 team points. Westtown was second with 75 and George School finished third with 67,” reported Karen.

“I’m a little surprised by where we finished in team scoring,” Jonathan said. “I thought we’d get second, but Westtown had a very good meet.”

For the varsity girls’ swimmers, Sara Matson ’20 won the 200 freestyle in a Marshall-Platt pool-record time of 1:59.95.

“It was a lot of fun,” Sara said. “Coming into it, I had a lot of jitters. I did not know what to expect, because there are some really fast swimmers here, but I kind of knew that I had a shot at doing really well. I felt good and I just swam. I’m very happy and surprised. I got my best times in everything.”

Sara just missed a second win in the 500 freestyle, losing to Maddie Anderson of Friends’ Central by just .06 of a second, with Maddie finishing at 5:19.16 and Sara at 5:19.22.

“She had a faster seed time than me, so just to be close to her was fun,” Sara said. “I thought I had it, but I can’t be mad about it.”

“Friends’ Central won the girls team title with 112 points, ending a three-year reign by Westtown. Westtown was second with 65 points, just nosing out George School, which ended the day with 64 points,” said Karen.

“This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to Westtown, so it was very exciting,” Sara said. “We stepped up our level from last year. I’m definitely excited for next year. We have a very young team, so I think next year we can really move up.”

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