PITTSFIELD -- Taconic swim coach Marisa Plant said she expected her boys to be challenged due to a lack of depth caused by swimmers being away on holiday vacations.
Even with the absent swimmers, the Taconic boys pulled out a 94-66 win Friday against Mount Anthony (Vt.) at the Pittsfield Family YMCA. The Patriot girls however, won 103-67.
"We had four boys out, one with an injury and three are on vacation. So I knew it was going to be closer than normal," Plant said. "There was a lot of finagling as to who to put where and putting the puzzle together."
The boys responded to the shuffled lineup with a strong performance led by All-Eagle performer George Sommerville.
Sommerville helped the Braves to first-place finishes in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 2:13.81 and the 400 free relay (4:43.06). He also placed first in the 200 individual medley (no time available) and the 100 breaststroke (1:13.21).
Sommerville said he did his best to shake off any rust that set in over the holidays.
"I felt a little laggy," he said. "But holiday or not, I just do my best every time. I have my team to back me up, so it was a good meet."
Overall, the Taconic boys had seven first-place finishes. Quinton Cookis finished first in the 200 free with a time of 2:42.79 and the 500 free (5:57.78). Frank DeBaggis finished first in the 100 free (1:09.06) and the 50 free (30.72).
On the girls side, Mount Anthony coach Anna Swierad said she knew her girls had the depth to beat Taconic. Even just two days removed from Christmas, Swierad did not expect any sort of letdown from her girls.
"I expected what happened today," she said. "I knew she had more depth with her boys, versus with my girls I have more depth than she does.
"I moved my girls around today. I took it easy on a couple of them, and really used the depth that I'm allowed to use."
For Taconic, Gillian Campbell finished first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:17.38 and the Braves finished first in the 400 free relay with a time of 4:59.81.
Overall, Plant said she was pleased with the performance of her team.
"I had a lot of girls that had great times, swimming [times] that they haven't swam before," she said. "And I told the boys they were [going] to have to fight [for the win] and they did."
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