2018-19 The Berkshire Eagle All Stars: Swimming
Boys Swimmer of the Year
Isaac Boyd, Pittsfield, senior
A talented Pittsfield boys swimming team received a top-tier swimmer for the 2018-19 season in the form of senior Isaac Boyd. After swimming with Purple Valley Aquatics for years, Boyd joined Pittsfield for a change of atmosphere and helped the Generals to a record of 8-2, good for second best in Berkshire County behind Monument Mountain. Boyd shined on the big stage of the Division II state tournament in Boston. In the 200 individual medley, Boyd's time of 2:03.06 was seven-seconds better than his seed time and good for a tenth-place finish. His best performance at states was an eighth place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.29.
Boys Coach of the Year
Tim Mazzer/Jim Harrington, Pittsfield
Pittsfield's Jim Harrington has seen plenty in his 22 years of coaching, but nothing was tougher than what the 2018-19 season would have in store. Just days before senior night long-time boys swimming coach Tim Mazzer passed away. Coach Harrington stepped up to try and fill the void, as the boys team went 8-2 on the season. Harrington also became a rock for a swimming program that had to deal with a tragedy. Harrington understood the strengths and weaknesses of both the girls and boys and prepared them for a strong push into the Central/Western Mass. championships.
Girls Swimmer of the Year
Asa Stone, Monument Mountain, sophomore
While she is only a sophomore, Asa Stone showed she is ready for the bright lights of the Central/Western Mass. championships. After fighting all season with an undefeated Spartans squad, Stone saved her best performances for the toughest competition. After earning a spot in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.42, she chopped three seconds off her time to claim third place with a time of 59.70. The same is true in the 100 yard backstroke, where she again cut three seconds for a time of 1:01.70, good for another bronze medal. While Stone is from Lee, she has had no issue gelling with the crew from Monument Mountain. In fact, her best performance was as the anchor of the 400 yard freestyle relay along with Aubrey Blanchard, Olivia Rubino and Anna Rubino. A seed time of 3:57.96 was smashed by a time of 3:45.47, good for second place at the Central/West championships. With a talented sophomore like Stone on the Spartans roster, the opportunity to build on the school's 50-meet winning streak is a strong possibility.
Girls Coach of the Year
Jill Svirida, Monument Mountain
The Monument Mountain girls swimming team entered the 2018 season with 40-straight regular season wins. When the 2019 season came to a close, that streak was up to 50. Coach Jill Svirida hasn't created a model of consistency, she has created a model of excellence at Monument Mountain. After a 10-win regular season and a Berkshire League title, the girls ended the D-II Western/Central Mass. meet with a score of 166 points, good for fourth place at the meet. The group's best performances included a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and 100 yard butterfly by Asa Stone, and a third-place finish for Maddie Fife, Olivia Rubino, Anna Rubino and Aubrey Blanchard in the 200-yard freestyle Relay. Svirida is always looking for new coaching techniques like meditation, which she implemented late in the 2018 season. Keep in mind, the real reason the Spartans have had success under Svirida is because she gets the best out of her swimmers by getting to know them, having fun with them, and most importantly by creating a community where every swimmer treats each other like family.
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