Saturday January 12, 2013

GREAT BARRINGTON -- Maeve Wilber won a pair of events and Anna Zdziarski qualified for the Western Massachusetts meet as the Monument Mountain girls swim team defeated Wahconah 92-78 at Bard College at Simon's Rock.

The Spartan boys, led by Derrek Rueger, Dominic Roy and Will Palmer, outpointed their Warrior counterparts, 85-64.

The girls meet was a battle all evening. Monument Mountain never trailed, but Wahconah was within four to eight points for most of the meet. The Spartans had a six-point lead, 58-52, with four races left. But a win in the 200 freestyle relay, coupled with Wilber's victory in the 100 backstroke and Rowan Rice's first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke carved out an 84-72 lead that put the meet out of reach for the Warriors. Wilber also won the 200 individual medley.

Kayla Dillon, with victories in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, was Monument's other double winner.

"We pointed well most of the meet, but I thought the key for the girls was that Monument won all three races," said Wahconah coach Dave Lussier. "Overall, it was closer than I anticipated."

Lussier's sentiments were echoed by Monument coach Jill Svirida.

"I knew it was going to be a close meet," she said. "We only have 10 girls, so I take nothing for granted. What I've been telling them this year is that we have to take every event like it's [deciding] the meet. And my girls have been very good about looking at it that way."

"We've been on a roll," said Zdziarski, whose 1:11.


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18 in the 100 butterfly qualified her for Western Mass. "We were pretty confident coming into this meet. We've swept a couple teams in the relay. We knew Wahconah is good, but we felt we could win."

Logan Gresser led the Warriors with wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

In the boys meet, the Spartans also swept the relay events. Rueger won the 200 and 500 free, while Palmer was victorious in the 50 and 100 free and Roy captured the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. A 1-3 finish in the 100 fly from Roy and Kevin Li put the hosts in command.

The Warriors got a win in the 100 breast from Devin Gale.

"I'm very happy with the win, but the boys didn't swim as well as they could," said Svirida. "I'm always glad for the win, don't get me wrong, but I thought only Dominic swam really well tonight."

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