Saturday March 30, 2013

George Sommerville

Taconic, junior

The reigning boys MVP repeats this year after breaking his school records in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke. He was second at the unofficial Western Mass. meet in the 50 and 100 freestyle. He was third in the state championships in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 50 freestyle.

The coach's take: He's grown a lot, not just physically but as a swimmer. His strokes are so smooth.

-- Taconic coach Marisa Plant Aaron Coty

Pittsfield, junior

Coty is a first-time All-Eagle selection. One of the biggest proponents of the #BringBackWesternMass hashtag, he went to Western Mass. in the 100 freestyle and 200 IM. The junior swimmer came close to qualifying in two other events.

The coach's take: Aaron had a slow start to the year with a shoulder injury, but came on strong.

-- PHS co-coach Tim Mazzer

Ken Black

Pittsfield, senior

Black wrapped up his high school career with an All-Eagle selection. Black swam his best times in the 200 (2:03.58) and 500 (5:46.83) freestyle events at the state championships.

The coach's take: The biggest thing to note was that Ken made the Western Mass. qualifying times for the 200 and 500 at Individuals, winning both of those meets.

-- Mazzer

Derrek Rueger

Monument Mountain, junior

A three-time All-Eagle selection, Rueger had the opportunity to swim every stroke and be at the top of his game for the Spartans.


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For Western Mass., he was eighth in qualifying in the 200 individual medley and 11th in the 100 backstroke.

The coach's take: This year Derrek had his best postseason performance to date. He dropped time in both of his [Western Mass.] events. He challenged himself with the goal of qualifying for Western Mass in all of the events this year.

-- Monument coach Jill Svirida

Dominic Roy

Monument Mountain, junior

Roy qualified in the top 15 in the 100 backstroke and the top 20 in the 100 butterfly for Western Mass. Roy had to swim every event for the Spartans because of the small team, and his times improved throughout the season.

The coach's take: Dom improved his personal performance this year by qualifying in a number of events at Western Mass. Last year, he swam only the backstroke. He is a second-year captain as a junior.

-- Svirida

Will Palmer

Monument Mountain, junior

Palmer qualified fourth in the 50 freestyle at Western Mass., and while he finished 28th in the state meet, Palmer took nearly two-tenths of a second off his seed time.

The coach's take: He has shown to be a very competitive sprinter, but is also versatile enough to be able to swim any event based on the team's needs.

-- Svirida

Kyle Miller

Wahconah, junior

Miller was Wahconah's IM specialist. His success in the pool earned him Western Mass. spots in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

The coach's take: Kyle is steadily improving each year. It takes a well-rounded swimmer to be able to compete proficiently in the IM.

-- Wahconah coach Dave Lussier