PITTSFIELD -- Swimmers can only hit the pool in two individual events at the Western Massachusetts meet. Pittsfield's Zach Williams has his choice of events, it seems.
Williams earned a Western Mass.-qualifying time in an event for the fifth time this season, swimming the 500 freestyle in 5 minutes, 57.81 seconds Friday night. Williams' Generals blew past Hoosac Valley 68-15, while the Hoosac girls beat PHS 79-15.
Williams never swam the 500 free before this season, and his coach, Tim Mazzer, said Williams is only using it to prepare him for sprint events.
"It gives us options," Mazzer said. "Depending on what relays we swim in, we'll try to even things out in the meets. We'll look at last year's times and see where he's more competitive."
Williams wasn't alone in qualifying, as PHS' Lucas Godwin qualified in the 100 backstroke (1:06.5).
Pittsfield won every relay, and got two wins each from Aaron Coty (200 individual medley, 100 butterfly) and Greg Fournier (200 free, 100 free). Hoosac's Mike DiSanti won the 50 free.
Meanwhile, Hoosac Valley's girls won all but two events, sweeping the relays and going 1-2 in the 200 free relay. Ellie Field had a two-win day, prevailing in the 200 IM and the 100 fly. Pittsfield was missing Theresa Murphy, who was ill Friday.
Monument sweeps at home
GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Spartan boys were in control against a small New Lebanon team, cruising to a 128-15 win.
Monument's Brandon Louison continued his stellar season with a state-qualifying swim in the 500 freestyle. His time of 5 minutes, 15.03 seconds was good enough for states by more than 3 seconds.
Teammate Nick Gray (200 IM) and David Wyatt (100 fly) swam Western Mass.-qualifying times.
New Lebanon's Zachary Shepard (100 back) qualified for sectionals in New York state.
On the girls side, New Lebanon was much more competitive, but Monument pulled out a 99-61 victory. The only double winner was New Lebanon's Gigi French. She won both the 50 free and 100 breast.
Mt. Anthony topples St. Joe
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- On the boys side, Mount Anthony came away with a 82-52 victory, as Wyatt Porter and the Spencer brothers led the way for their respective teams. Porter won both the 200 and 500 free for St. Joseph, while Ryan Spencer (200 IM, 100 back) and Andrew Spencer (100 fly) were key for Mt. Anthony.
For the girls, it was all Mt. Anthony in a 108-62 thumping.
The Patriots swept all three relays and Kate Ahearn claimed both the 50 and 100 free. Jessie Tobin was the double-winner for St. Joseph, winning the 500 free and 100 back.