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FUMA Swimming Breaks 7 Pool Records & Qualifies 8 for State at Home Opener

posted Dec 11, 2016, 5:34 AM by Ryan Campbell   [ updated Dec 11, 2016, 5:42 AM ]
Fork Union, VA - Fork Union Swimming and Diving hosted the Fork Union Christmas Invitational at the Fork Union Aquatic Center on December 10, 2016.  This meet served as the team's first official high school meet where they could qualify for the VISAA State Championship meet and included teams from around the local area.  While not at full strength, the team had a great showing winning 8 out of the 11 events on the day, setting 7 new pool records (bringing the mark to 9 on the year), and qualifying a total of eight swimmers for the VISAA State Championship meet which will be held in February at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, VA.

Here are the winning and pool record performances by Fork Union (please note all times are in Short Course Meters):

200 Medley Relay:  Fork Union (1st Overall - 1:52.11)
200 Free:  David Pitts, Fork Union (1st Overall - 2:03.80), Tamas Novoszath, Fork Union (exhibition - 1:50.01 - pool record)
200 IM:  Mazen Youssef, Fork Union (1st Overall - 2:13.67)
50 Free:  Anthony Gemma, Fork Union (1st Overall - 24.99)
100 Fly: Samer Khalil, Fork Union (1st Overall - 57.93 - pool record)
100 Free: David Pitts, Fork Union (2nd Overall - 55.09)
400 Free: Samer Khalil, Fork Union (1st Overall - 4:29.21), Tamas Novoszath, Fork Union (exhibition - 3:54.37 - pool record)
200 Free Relay:  Fork Union (exhibition - 1:37.61 - pool record), Fork Union (3rd Overall - 1:47.54)
100 Back: Mazen Youssef (1st Overall - 1:01.80)
100 Breast:  Anthony Gemma (1st Overall - 1:12.20)
400 Free Relay: Fork Union (exhibition - 3:34.62 - pool record), Fork Union (4th Overall - 4:13.93)

*Novoszath also broke the pool record in the 50 Free (23.66) as the leadoff of the 200 Free Relay and in the 100 Free (50.45) as the leadoff of the 400 Free Relay. For a full updated list of pool records, click here.

In the process, the following Fork Union swimmers qualified for the VISAA State Championship meet: Anthony Gemma, Luke Gustafson, John Hughes, Ahmed Khalil, Samer Khalil, David Pitts, Nathan Smith, & Mazen Youssef. 

Even with all of these performances, the team was not able to keep pace with a much larger Albemarle team and ended up placing second at the meet. The final team scores were:

1. Albemarle 453
2. Fork Union 396
3. Woodberry Forest 261
4. St. Anne's Belfield 230
5. Louisa County High School 150
5. Fluvanna County High School 150
7. Monticello High School 145
8. The Covenant School 62

Next up for Fork Union swimming is the PITT Christmas Invitational to be held at the University of Pittsburgh on 15-18 December.