Monument Mountain swimming completes undefeated season

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Photo Gallery | Monument Mountain swimming sweeps St. Joseph

GREAT BARRINGTON — It was fitting that the swim meet between Monument Mountain and St. Joseph was postponed multiple times, eventually placing it as the final dual contest on each squad's schedule.

That's because on the girls side, the Spartans and Crusaders each entered the meet with an undefeated record, making the finale Friday at Simon's Rock for the league title.

Monument prevailed, defeating the Crusaders, 105-65. On the boys' side, the Spartans also completed a unbeaten campaign, defeating St. Joseph by a 94-57 scoreline.

It's the third straight season in which the Monument boys (10-0) completed an undefeated dual meet campaign, running their record over the three-year stretch to 30-0. For the Spartan girls (10-0), they're 29-1 over that same stretch, with their only loss coming against Hoosac Valley in early 2014.

Caroline Bissaillon (200-yard freestyle, 100 free) of Monument was the only two-time girls individual winner for either squad. Other individual winners for the Spartans included Kathleen Bissaillon (50 free), Sophie Burnell (100 butterfly) and Emma Wilber (100 breaststroke) while Jessie Tobin (200 individual medley), Liz Bernardy (500 free) and Emma Whitney (100 backstroke) each won individually for St. Joseph.

The Crusaders won the opening relay, the 200 medley, en route to an 8-6 lead. But Monument tied it at 15-15 after two races, before taking a 24-22 lead into the 50 free. A 1-2-4 finish there put the Spartans up 36-26 at the break, and they never looked back.

"I spend a lot of time working on my lineup," Monument Mountain coach Jill Svirida said. "I really dedicate hours to figuring out the best thing we can do. I score it out several different ways so I can kind of see where I think things are going to go, so I anticipated that we would be able to win. The score was less close than I anticipated."

As for St. Joseph, it closes out a 9-1 campaign on the girls side.

"Coming into this meet, we knew that there would be some really tough swims," St. Joseph coach Eryn Brewer said. "They have a great team. So I think we were trying to get some Western Mass. and state times, get some of our times down, and I think we did that."

On the boys side, Brandon Louison of Monument won both the 200 free and 100 back for his two individual victories. Nick Gray also won twice individually for the Spartans, placing first in the 100 fly and 500 free while Nick Dillon of the Spartans won the 100 breast.

Individual winners for the Crusaders included Artem Dudko in the 50 free and 100 free plus Bailey DiSanti in the 200 IM.

Monument's boys led, 33-25, at the break after four events, but they opened up a 51-33 advantage after the 100 free and kept the lead throughout.

Both teams continue their seasons on Saturday, Feb. 6 when Berkshire County Individuals are set to take place at Simon's Rock.

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GIRLS

200 medley relay — 1. St. Joseph (E. Whitney, Tobin, Bartlett, E. Bernardy) 1:59.20. 2. Monument Mountain 2:05.51. 3. Monument Mountain 2:11.02.

200 freestyle — 1. C. Bissaillon (MM) 2:02.22. 2. E. Whitney (SJ) 2:06.81. 3. Kirsimagi (SJ) 2:10.38.

200 individual medley — 1. Tobin (SJ) 2:15.07. 2. Wilber (MM) 2:19.34. 3. Blanchard (MM) 2:31.67.

50 freestyle — 1. K. Bissaillon (MM) 26.45. 2. A. Rubino (SJ) 27.59. 3. Gallagher (SJ) 29.34.

100 butterfly — 1. Burnell (MM) 1:08.28. 2. Kirsimagi (SJ) 1:08.78. 3. G. Phair (MM) 1:11.03.

100 freestyle — 1. C. Bissaillon (MM) 54.95. 2. Tobin (MM) 57.13. 3. K. Bissaillon (MM) 58.70.

500 freestyle — 1. E. Bernardy (SJ) 5:44.07. 2. Dillon (MM) 5:55.45. 3. A. Rubino (MM) 6:18.23.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Monument Mountain (A. Rubino, Wilber, K. Bissaillon, C. Bissaillon) 1:45.25. 2. St. Joseph 1:50.41. 3. Monument Mountain 1:57.93.

100 backstroke — 1. E. Whitney (SJ) 1:06.70. 2. O. Rubino (MM) 1:09.52. 3. Nourse (MM) 1:13.16.

100 breaststroke — 1. Wilber (MM) 1:12.39. 2. Bartlett (SJ) 1:13.23. 3. Blanchard (MM) 1:18.92.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Monument Mountain (Wilber, Dillon, K. Bissaillon, C. Bissaillon) 3:56.49. 2. Monument Mountain 4:30.26. 3. St. Joseph 4:41.30.

BOYS

200 medley relay — 1. Monument Mountain (Dillon, Wyatt, Gray, Louison) 1:48.02. 2. St. Joseph 2:08.23. 3. Monument Mountain 2:22.12.

200 freestyle — 1. Louison (MM) 1:54.52. 2. Wyatt (MM) 2:05.91. 3. Xin (SJ) 3:05:49.

200 individual medley — 1. Disanti (SJ) 2:37.77. 2. Chassi (MM) 2:39.50. 3. Tassone (SJ) 3:04.14.

50 freestyle — 1. Dudko (SJ) 25.08. 2. Dillon (MM) 25.63. 3. Moeini (MM) 26.85.

100 butterfly — 1. Gray (MM) 59.14. 2. Moeini (MM) 1:13.25.

100 freestyle — 1. Dudko (SJ) 54.44. 2. Wyatt (MM) 54.43. 3. Harrington (MM) 1:06.13.

500 freestyle — 1. Gray (MM) 5:36.21. 2. Hartley (SJ) 7:07.96. 3. Lasurto (SJ) 7:38.98.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Monument Mountain (Harrington, Moeini, Dillon, Wyatt) 1:48.26. 2. St. Joseph 2:02.30.

100 backstroke — 1. Louison (MM) 55.23. 2. Chassi (MM) 1:16.61. 3. Tassone (SJ) 1:20.03.

100 breaststroke — 1. Dillon (MM) 1:14.46. 2. Disanti (SJ) 1:21.27. 3. Harrington (MM) 1:23.90.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Monument Mountain (Louison, Harrington, Gray, Chassi) 3:56.52. 2. St. Joseph 4:13.99.


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