Dominic Roy

Senior, Monument Mountain

The Spartan senior completed his career by qualifying for Western Mass. in the most individual events he ever has. He swam the 100 and 200 free, finishing 22nd and 20th, respectively. He also helped the 400 free relay team to a seventh-place result at Western Mass., and was on the team at states.

The coach's take: This was a really great year for Dom. He had best times in every single event this year, qualified for most events he ever has for Western Mass. and went to states for our 4-free relay.

I think this was a year for him to shine since we weren't worrying about trying to score a point just to get on the board because we had such a small team, so it was great for him to be able to really shine as an individual and have as many best times as he did.

-- Jill Svirida, Monument coach

 

Derrek Rueger

Senior, Monument Mountain

Derrek was awarded the league's senior sportsmanship award, which is picked by the officials. Svirida said it shows his character. In terms of his success in the pool, he finished ninth in the individual medley and 11th in the backstroke at Western Mass. He was on the medley relay team that took 10th there.

The coach's take: Derrek's always just been consistently able to score points for the team, swim any event. He loves the 200 IM and the backstroke, but whatever I put him in, he does great and for the team scores points, wins lots of events.

He's just such a super-positive kid. He never complains if he doesn't get to swim his favorite events. He'll do anything. He's really enthusiastic.

-- Svirida

 

Nick Gray

Freshman, Monument Mountain

The Spartan nicknamed "Little Tank," in tribute to his similar build to senior David Wyatt, broke onto the high school scene in a big way. He got his first taste of the postseason when he swam the fly and IM at Western Mass. He took 26th and 24th, respectively.

The coach's take: Nick's a great guy, [and] is really funny. I was thrilled for him because he wanted to improve and he wanted to qualify for Western Mass., which he ended up doing in the fly, the IM and the 200 free, which was exciting.

He's definitely going to be someone that I can look to to swim any event. ... He just puts his head down and goes, goes hard. He's a really great racer.

-- Svirida

 

Will Palmer

Senior, Monument Mountain

In his final season, he qualified for Western Mass. in all individual events except the breaststroke. That accomplishment might not compare to what he accomplished at Western Mass. He was fourth in the 50 free, eighth in the 100 free and swam the anchor leg of the 200 free relay. When he touched the wall in the relay, the Spartans set a school record, finishing in 1:34.54, which was also good for fourth place.

The coach's take: We knew he was going to be a good sprinter, but last year, he really started off as a sprinter. This year, he just really went for it with this sprints, but was also able to swim all the other events.

He's definitely a sprinter at heart. He has that fast-twitch get-up-and-go as far as the body type and the muscles. But he also has that mentality to get in there and go fast right away.

-- Svirida

 

Zach Richardson

Junior, Monument Mountain

Zach helped set Palmer up to touch the wall ahead of the record in the 200 free relay with a solid swim. He was the third Spartan in the event. He also swam both the 50 and 100 free at Western Mass., finishing 17th and 20th, respectively. At states, he was again on the 200 free relay team.

The coach's take: This was definitely a transitional year in a great way. It was a breakout year.

He had qualified for Western Mass. in a couple events in the past years, but he really got a little more serious. I think he really enjoyed the camaraderie with the team and having a group of guys he can work hard with and just kind of focus on what he wanted to do.

It was the first time I saw Zach really, really determined. He's a pretty laid-back guy in general, so I was really impressed with him getting that goal [of qualifying in the 100 free] in his head and doing whatever it takes.

-- Svirida

 

John Collingwood

Junior, Monument Mountain

John was the first into the pool for that record-setting 200 free relay team at Western Mass. He also swam the anchor leg of the 200 medley relay, which finished 10th. Individually at Western Mass., he was 21st in the 50 free and 23rd in the backstroke. He was also on the 200 free relay team at states.

The coach's take: John was the surprise. I call him the secret weapon this year because he is a junior, but he had never swam with us before.

The first day of practice, I was like ‘Yeah! I'm so excited this kid can really swim and swim fast.' [Assistant coach] Alyssa [Palmer] and I knew right from the start that we were going to get some good stuff out of him. I think there's more in store for him next year.

-- Svirida

 

Brandon Louison

Freshman, Monument Mountain

Brandon was another freshman who came into his first varsity season and didn't look out of place. The future of the program qualified for Western Mass. in every individual event and broke an age-group pool record at the Boys & Girls Club of Pittsfield that had stood for 35 years. In the postseason, he continued his strong swimming with a fifth-place result in the 100 back and sixth-place finish in the fly. He was the second swimmer on the 200 free relay team. At states, his top finish was 15th in the back.

The coach's take: Brandon is all heart. I love coaching him. He's a goofy, fun kid, but he also takes his swimming really seriously. He spent the whole year working really hard, improving.

He soaks up everything that you tell him. Everything that he can work on, he does it.

Obviously he was a huge asset for us ... because not only can he swim an awesome backstroke and butterfly like he did at Western Mass., and again improving at both at states and scoring points for our team for the first time in three years at states, which was exciting for us, but he also has an extremely fast 500.

-- Svirida

 

Zach Williams

Senior, Pittsfield

This was the General's second season in the pool, and he qualified for Western Mass. in all the freestyle events and the 100 backstroke. The biggest reason for his success was consistency.

The coach's take: That really just comes with swimming more. For his first year out, he was certainly not as polished as some of the other swimmers in the league who have been club swimming. This year, we really worked on the little things like starts, turns and then just being more consistent. ... His times would be all over the place his first year because he'd have a bad start or not a very good turn or whatever, so we really worked on trying to even things out.

-- Tim Mazzer, Pittsfield boys coach

 

Aaron Coty

Senior, Pittsfield

The senior showed off his talent this year, qualifying in five events in varying strokes for Western Mass. His ability gave his coach options.

The coach's take: The big thing about Aaron this year is being able to swim any event, any time. That gives you so much flexibility in a meet to have someone like Aaron. ... In high school swimming, there's not many that you can do that with. ... So just being able to have that flexibility was so important.

-- Mazzer

 

Greg Fournier

Freshman, Pittsfield

The young General received high praise from his coach about his versatility in the pool and will likely be used much the same way Aaron Coty was this season. Fournier qualified for Western Mass. in the 200 and 500 free and the 100 breast. He swam the breast and 500 at the meet.

The coach's take: The key to winning the two Taconic meets was having Greg swim some of the distance stuff, the 200, 500 ... He's showed that he can swim distance, and he can swim stroke. He will certainly be filling a big hole next year ... He's self-driven, and I think his success this year will only spur him on to swim more in the summer and harder. He'll be a big asset next year.

-- Mazzer

 

George Sommerville

Senior, Taconic

For an accomplished swimmer like Sommerville, there wasn't a whole lot he hadn't experienced or accomplished. He was his typical dominant self at Western Mass., finishing second in the 50 free and third in the fly. He parlayed those into top-10 finishes at states. His ability in the pool was undoubtedly valuable in the win column, but so was his new role of captain.

The coach's take: He did a great job leading the team on both sides, not just the boys. He was also kind of the inspiration for the girls team. I just saw a growth in him and how much that he was out there for the team. It wasn't to qualify.

-- Marisa Plant, Taconic coach

 

Kyle Miller

Senior, Wahconah

The lone Warrior on the team qualified in four individual events for Western Mass., and he swam the 200 IM and 100 back to cap a career-best season. It was a season in which he consistently lowered his times.

The coach's take: He always works hard in practice, but in competitions, he seems to have a way of knowing what he needs to do to achieve his best times. Whether it's swimming hard with the competition next to him or ... when he's out in the lead, he can push himself that little bit extra to lower his times.

-- Dave Lussier, Wahconah coach

 

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Coaches' All-Berkshire Team

George Sommerville (T) -- MVP

Dominic Roy (MM) -- 200 free

Derrek Rueger (MM) -- 200 IM

Will Palmer (MM) -- 50 free

George Sommerville (T) -- 100 fly

Zach Williams (P) -- 100 free

Greg Fournier (P) -- 500 free

Brandon Louison (MM) -- 100 back

Ben Wyatt (MM) -- 100 breast

Ryan Spencer (Mount Anthony), Alex Velez (P), Kyle Miller (W), Zach Richardson (P) -- 200 medley relay

Jeremy Haven (T), John Collingwood (MM), Mike DiSanti (HV), Evan Burgess (NL) -- 200 free relay

Aaron Coty (P), Ted Koch (TH), Olin Flaum (TH), Brian Desrosiers (P) -- 400 free relay