GREAT BARRINGTON -- Derrek Rueger, Dominic Roy and Brandon Louison were all double winners Monday, as the Monument Mountain boys swim team defeated Pittsfield 113-57 at Bard College at Simon's Rock.
Meanwhile, the Spartan girls were no slouches, either. Led by sisters Maeve and Emma Wilber, both of whom were double winners, the Spartan girls rebounded from their loss to Hoosac Valley last week with a 102-68 win over the Generals.
The Spartan boys picked up wins in the first four races of the afternoon to take control of their meet. Roy picked up a win on the 200 freestyle, Rueger won the 200 individual medley and Louison upset Pittsfield's Zach Williams in a barn-burner of a 50 freestyle, 24.59-25.07.
"I expected it to be a little closer," said Monument coach Jill Svirida. "But a big part of our success this year has been our depth. That's what helped us today."
"Last year," said Rueger, "We had seven boys and we were .500. This year, we have 13 and we're unbeaten. And hopefully, we'll continue this."
"Not too much to say about this one," said Pittsfield coach Jim Harrington. "Greg Fournier qualified for Western Mass. in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke. That was our bright spot."
Actually, the girls meet, which the Spartans were supposed to dominate, was a little closer.
The Generals' Theresa Murphy edged Monument's Rowan Rice in the 100 butterfly, and the visitors were only down 42-36.
But the Spartans took victories in the final five events, including 1-2 finishes in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke to pull away.
"I was a little concerned, because we had swum on Friday and some of us had swum in a tournament over the weekend," said Rice. "That's four meets in four days. I think my times today reflected that a little. But we have better numbers of the girls' team, too, and that has made a difference."
"It's given me a lot of flexibility as a coach," said Svirida of her larger rosters. "I can move people around more and that helps me coach."
Murphy was a double winner for PHS, with firsts in the 50 free as well as the 100 butterfly.