PITTSFIELD -- Too often, it's simply a numbers game that determines a swim meet. That held true Friday evening at the YMCA.
The five-man Wahconah boys team claimed six events, were touched out in another two, and lost 98-62. The girls meet was more even, but Taconic Hills' (N.Y.) 97-73 victory was in large part due to its depth advantage over the 12-girl Wahconah team.
"I was very happy with the meet. I thought our girls swam really well," Taconic Hills coach Ryan Kendrick said. "We don't swim meters very often. We swam Taconic here, so that's something for our team to compare to, and we had a lot of faster swims tonight. It's good to see the improvement as the season progresses."
The margin of victory for the Titan girls wasn't much.
The Warrior girls made a strong comeback in the final three events, earning wins in each (Erin Archambault in 100 backstroke, Summer Daley in 100 breast and the 400 free relay team), but they claimed only one second- or third-place finish (Bridget Lussier in 100 back) in those events.
That, combined with the Titans picking up wins in seven of the first eight events and seven second or thirds in those same events, prevented Wahconah from keeping pace.
"Between that first and second place is a [four-point swing]," Wahconah coach Dave Lussier said. "Do that three times, there's 12 points. ... Those kind of things make a difference. Add that to the couple of fifth places we couldn't compete against, because we could only put two girls in instead of three, that makes a difference."
The Titans' Louisa Dodds was one of two double winners, taking first in the 200 free and 500 free (a 400 in the Y's meter pool). Mia Modafferi was the other double winner.
For Dodds, she knew how close the girls meet truly was.
"[The meet] was pretty exciting," Dodds said. "The 200, I thought, was the most interesting for me. That was really close the whole time."
Dodds was stroke-for-stroke with Wahconah's Archambault most of the way before pulling away late for the win by 1.38 seconds.
"I think Louisa had an outstanding day," Kendrick said. "Her 200 and 500 were probably some of her better swims."
Daley picked up the other Wahconah victory, with that coming in the 100 fly.
Where the girls struggled to win races, the boys didn't. They just didn't have enough warm bodies to fill lanes and compete for the depth points.
In five of the six individual events, the Warriors had one swimmer. They came away with three wins, but Taconic Hills accumulated 53 points in the stretch alone. Wahconah earned just 36.
"Obviously [numbers] helps out in a case like this, [where] they had some good swimmers, then we can out-depth them even if they win the race," Titans coach Tom Russo said. "And if you get a second, third and fourth, that moves the event. They never get too far away from us."
Wahconah's Kyle Miller accounted for 12 of those, with his wins in the 200 individual medley and 100 fly.
"I thought I swam pretty well," Miller said. "I was really happy with our team. Even coach came over afterward and said this is the most energy we've ever had in a meet this year. We were cheering more than ever."
"I'm really happy with the times that the kids did today both on the boys and girls side," Lussier said. "Both of them achieved best times for the season. It's a really good meet for them."
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