State Boys Swimming: Individual performances highlight meets
CAMBRIDGE - Sunday's Division I Boys Swim and Dive Championships wasn't as much about a team score as it was individual performances.
Taconic's George Sommerville did his part to complete the weekend on a high note for Berkshire County. He earned a pair of top-10 finishes as the lone county representative in the D-II meet at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The senior Brave started his day with a ninth-place result in the 50 free, and capped his outstanding career with a seventh-place result in the 100 breaststroke.
"Go out there, have fun, get some best times," he said of what he was trying to accomplish. "In the end, I didn't really accomplish what I wanted to do out there, but I was glad to see a bunch of my friends. I saw them last week, but it's always good to see them again. "Felt a little different" at states this time. "It's kind of funny being the bigger kid seeing all these younger kids coming up."
The Monument Mountain boys, the lone county representative in D-I, did well with individual performances, too. Brandon Louison bettered both of his seed times, and the 400 free relay did the same, closing out the season on a high note.
"We had a really good day," Monument coach Jill Svirida said. "Our team getting to states is the major accomplishment, and so I'm always happy to be at this meet. I'm always happy for my boys to have that experience, and I was really pleased with how they swam."
Louison dropped nearly 1.5 seconds in the 100 backstroke and about .5 seconds in the 100 butterfly. His performance in the back (tied for 15th) gave the Spartans their lone point, which Svirida said was a goal from the beginning of the season.
"Individually, I was really pleased. I got all best times today, which is good," Louison said. "I came here not expecting to do fantastic because I was a little tired, but I'm very happy with my times."
In the meet's marquee event (400 free relay), the Spartans dropped a full 1.6 seconds off their seed time.
Dominic Roy was one of the four in the relay, and he had one of the most mentally challenging tasks of the meet: Wait through all other events to compete in the 400 relay three hours after the meet started. It was an aspect many of the Spartans had to contend with. In a typical dual meet, even if a swimmer isn't competing until late, there are plenty of teammates swimming to help keep occupied and focused.
Roy tried to take advantage of the four individual events his teammates were in.
"Whenever someone went up, I'd go down and cheer for them," he said. "I listen to music, and I was there for the first warmup and then I warmed up right before hand. I just kind of had to keep my head in the game and look out for everyone else, watch the other relays and cheer everyone on."
Will Palmer was the other Spartan competing on an individual basis. He fell off his seed times slightly, but Svirida was still happy with his performances.
"Will was right on his times," she said. "He tapered for Western Mass. and into states, and I think he swam great."
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