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Swimmers Shine at FSL Championships

The Cougars finished third, scoring 59 points. (Photo by Jim Inverso)

George School’s impressive performance in the Friends Schools League (FSL) swimming championships was recently highlighted in The Intelligencer. George School hosted the event on February 10, 2018 with the Cougars finishing third, scoring 59 points.

Two boys were double winners in individual events. “Aaron Zhao ’19 won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.61 and the 100 butterfly in 55.5, lowering the pool record of 56.03 set on February 11, 2017, by Dyaus Rai, of Friends’ Central,” reported Karen Sangillo of The Intelligencer.

“Jonathan Lessiohadi ’18 won the 500 freestyle in 4:55.37 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.04, breaking the pool record of 1:00.75 set on February 11, 2017, by Westtown’s Cruz Buitron,” said Karen.

Thomas Zeng ’19, Ryan Liu ’21, Aaron, and Jonathan won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:30.68.

“The boys took second in team scoring with 74 points. Friends’ Central won the team title (82),” said Karen.

“For the George School girls, Sara Matson ’20 was the lone event winner, taking first in the 100 backstroke (1:02.78). She was also third in the 50 freestyle (26.33).”

Zoe Valdepenas-Mellor ’18, Lea Jensen ’19, Skylar Karpf ’21, and Sara took second in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:46.17.

Zoe is proud of the season the team has had this year, and to her the team feels like family. “This season taught me a lot about gratitude. Being a senior I realized very quickly that I do not have a next year when I could try harder and put more effort in—all my effort had to be in this year’s competition season,” she said.

“I have never been more grateful for my teammates and my coaches for making my senior year on the swim team something I will never forget,” said Zoe.

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