Coach: Anna Swierad (13th year)
Last year: Boys 8-2, Girls 9-2
Key returnees: Ryan Spencer, Jr.; Zach LaForest, 8th grade; Brian
Steinhoff, Jr.; Austin Ulrich, Jr.; Bridget Ahern, So.; Kate Ahern,
Sr.; Emily Barlow, Sr.
The Patriots are the only high school swim program in Vermont, and Swierad said her team has a lot of swimmers to choose from. Mount Anthony has 26 girls in the program.
"When we started, we had 10 kids," she said. "I have to tell you, because we are the only team in the state it helps a lot.
"We started the team in 2001 because our daughter swam. It's grown since then. It's amazing."
The Patriots will miss All-Berkshire pick Heather Foley, but senior Kate Ahearn will be front and center. Ahearn was also an All-Berkshire selection last year, and she can swim any stroke. Ahearn's sister Bridget made waves last year as a freshman.
Freshman Phebe Hall will also be one of Mount Anthony top swimmers in what her coach said was a rebuilding year.
There are 12 boys on the Mount Anthony roster and none of them are seniors.
Junior Ryan Spencer was an All-Berkshire selection in the 100 backstroke last year. Fellow juniors Brian Steinhoff and Austin Ulrich are also veterans for the Patriots.
"I like that within two or three years, they're going to be great," said the coach.