Tuesday's swimming: Monument splits with PHS


GREAT BARRINGTON -- With just six female swimmers available for Tuesday's meet with Pittsfield, Monument Mountain swim coach Jill Svirida figured her team couldn't possibly win.

"I think my girls are wonderful," Svirida said. "I just didn't think numbers-wise it was possible."

The Spartans proved their coach wrong, winning 10 of 11 events and going 1-3 in every event in which they had two swimmers to win 82-78.

"I told the girls after, I've been coaching high schools for almost 10 years, and this is one of those times I'll always remember," Svirida said. "Everyone had to step up every time they got in the water."

Maeve Wilber and Rowan Rice each won two events in Western Mass. qualifying times. Wilber took the 200 IM (2:23.37) and 500 free (5:42.07) while Rice won the 50 free (27.92) and the 100 free (1:00). Anna Zdziarski won the 100 fly in 1:12.58 and the 100 breast in a sectional qualifying time of 1:22.5.

Nicole Belknap won the 100 back for Pittsfield in 1:16.68.

The Generals were able to capitalize on their numbers in the boys race, winning 92-72. Monument won eight of 11 events, with Derrek Rueger, Dominic Roy and Will Palmer winning two events. Roy won the 200 IM in a Western Mass. qualifying time of 2:27.82. He also won the 500 free (6:17.87). Rueger took the 100 fly in a qualifying time of 1:04.49 before winning the 100 back (1:05.96). Palmer had qualifying times in the 50 free (24.2) and the 100 free (54.72).

Ken Black won the 200 free (2:11.22) for Pittsfield while Aaron Coty captured the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.55.

"I was very impressed with their team," Svirida said. "They have a million boys. They've also improved. Their team has gotten stronger."


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