Swimming: Pittsfield sweeps Taconic


Pittsfield High School was in control of the city swim rivalry Friday afternoon.

The General boys got two wins from Aaron Coty and a Western Mass.-qualifying time from Claudio Velez in the 100 breaststroke to beat crosstown rival Taconic 97-73. PHS' girls, meanwhile, went 1-2 in the 400 freestyle relay -- and got two wins from Theresa Murphy -- to beat the Braves 91-78 at the Pittsfield Family YMCA.

Coty won both the 100 butterfly (1 minute, 15.69 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (1:18.13) to help Pittsfield offset George Sommerville's two-win day for the Braves. Sommerville won the 100 free (58.91) and the 100 breast (no time given) for Taconic.

"I've seen Aaron since he was a 5-year-old Polar Bear swimming for the YMCA team, and it's great to see [him] develop and really step up when the team needed him," Pittsfield coach Tim Mazzer said via email. "The whole team swam well and the hard work put in over the holiday break resulted in the great swims we saw today."

Murphy won both the 200 individual medley (2:57.21) and the 100 fly (1:21.34) for Pittsfield's girls. The Generals won two of three relay races, keeping them just ahead of Taconic.

Gillian Campbell (100 free, 1:06.85; 100 back, 1:17.81) and Hailey Fiorini (200 free, 2:46.97; 500 free, 5:57.16) were double winners for the Braves.

"They're pretty much my two top people," Taconic coach Marisa Plant said. "When I put them in, they're going to do it without complaint and they're going to try their hardest, even if it's not their normal events."

Still, Plant sees problems with the Braves that need to be fixed -- while pointing out that Pittsfield definitely earned its victories.

"The PHS boys obviously fought for it and wanted it," she said. "George made the statement that he thinks, sometimes, his team relies on him too much. You can only swim four events.

"We couldn't fill all the lanes. We don't have the numbers, which obviously makes it difficult. We had some that probably thought we weren't going to have a meet today, so we probably didn't sleep as much as we should ... or, like I said to them, set themselves up for success."


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