Pittsfield High School was in control of the city swim rivalry Friday afternoon.
The General boys got two wins from Aaron Coty and a Western Mass.-qualifying time from Claudio Velez in the 100 breaststroke to beat crosstown rival Taconic 97-73. PHS' girls, meanwhile, went 1-2 in the 400 freestyle relay -- and got two wins from Theresa Murphy -- to beat the Braves 91-78 at the Pittsfield Family YMCA.
Coty won both the 100 butterfly (1 minute, 15.69 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (1:18.13) to help Pittsfield offset George Sommerville's two-win day for the Braves. Sommerville won the 100 free (58.91) and the 100 breast (no time given) for Taconic.
"I've seen Aaron since he was a 5-year-old Polar Bear swimming for the YMCA team, and it's great to see [him] develop and really step up when the team needed him," Pittsfield coach Tim Mazzer said via email. "The whole team swam well and the hard work put in over the holiday break resulted in the great swims we saw today."
Murphy won both the 200 individual medley (2:57.21) and the 100 fly (1:21.34) for Pittsfield's girls. The Generals won two of three relay races, keeping them just ahead of Taconic.
Gillian Campbell (100 free, 1:06.85; 100 back, 1:17.81) and Hailey Fiorini (200 free, 2:46.97; 500 free, 5:57.16) were double winners for the Braves.