Monument Mountain swim teams sweep Taconic


PITTSFIELD -- The Monument Mountain boys and girls swim teams did a little of everything to sweep their meets with Taconic on Friday.

"I mixed up the events," Spartans coach Jill Svirida said. "I really like to do that, because I like to showcase the depth my team has. They all can swim every event, so that's very nice."

They can also win just about every event. Monument prevailed in all but four races at the YMCA pool, with the boys winning 111-57 and the girls taking a 100-67 win.

Monument freshman Brandon Louison won two events -- the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke -- and he helped the 11-0 Spartan team win a race as he swam the final leg of the 400 free relay.

That matches George Sommerville's day for Taconic. He also won two events (the 100 free and the 200 individual medley), and took the Braves from last to first in the span of the final 50 meters to give the team the 200 free relay.

Both Louison and Sommerville have clocked impressive times in Berkshire County, but they didn't swim any of the same races Friday.

"I was looking forward to facing him, because he's faster than I am," Louison said. "It would have been great for me to try to stay with him and get better times."

Louison finished the 100 fly in 1 minute, 11.73 seconds, and won the 100 back in 1:07.84. His 400 free relay team won in 4:24.52.

Sommerville won the IM in a "better-than normal, a little more consistent" 2:30.88, and took the 100 free in 57.0.

As for the relay finish, Sommerville said he wasn't worrying about going last-to-first in 50 meters.

"If it happens, it happens," he said. "I'm shooting for my time. My relay was shooting for a state time."

Sommerville's wins and the relay victory were the only first-place finishes for the Taconic boys (7-3). Dominic Roy (200 free), John Collingwood (50 free), Nick Gray (500 free) and Ben Wyatt (100 breast) earned Monument's other wins.

"We do have a bunch of guys competing for spots in the state relays," Svirida said. "They're looking to go fast in those sprints, and they definitely accomplished that today."

The Spartan girls (10-1) were up only 13 points after Taconic's win in the 200 free relay, but pulled away in the 100 back, 100 breast and 400 free relay -- winning all three events and going 1-2 in the back and breast.

Emma Wilber (100 free, 100 back), Maeve Wilber (50 free, 500 free) and Caroline Bissaillon (100 fly, 100 breast) were double winners for the Spartans.

"My 100 free has been OK this season, but not really good," Emma Wilber said. "That was a good swim for me [today].

"My backstroke has improved a lot this season with my technique, so it feels good."

She won the 100 free in 1:05.26, and took the 100 back in 1:16.15. Maeve Wilber (29.85) won the 50 free, and won the 500 free easily (4:55.89, prevailing by almost a full minute).

Bissaillon won the 100 fly in 1:23.43, and took the 100 breast in 1:35.4.

Knowing the depth Monument Mountain has, Taconic coach Marisa Plant decided to let her swimmers tell her what they wanted to swim. For the most part, she let them do that.

"It was a lot of mixing up of things," she said. "Hailey Fiorini swam the backstroke. She never swam that before. Same with Paige Campbell."

While Plant wants to correct stroke techniques and turns before next Saturday's county individuals meet at Bard College at Simon's Rock, Svirida was just happy to not only win meets, but have more than one practice in a row this week.

"It's the first time since December, before the holidays," she said. "It was nice to have them be able to practice, and then work in a meet."

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