Monument Mountain's Nick Dillon darts to pair of top six finishes
SPRINGFIELD — Berkshire County swimmers spent four months sharpening their skills by the pool for the opportunity to compete with the best talent Massachusetts has to offer.
Students from Wahconah, Pittsfield High and Monument Mountain traveled to Springfield College on Saturday to take their shot at the state's elite, however, they had one more hurdle to clear first in the form of a 5:30 a.m. wake-up call to make the bus for an 8:45 a.m. start.
"Get up, grab breakfast and just go," is how Wahconah's Noah Schweitzer described his morning.
Once at the pool, Schweitzer competed in the 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle.
"My goal was to just go and try my best," Schweitzer said. "I'm a little disappointed with how it went, it felt like an off-day. Overall I am proud of how I did this season."
Wahconah also had Jacob Kunzmann, Josh Kunzmann, Pedro Santos, Fred Sears and Xavier Wellington take to the pool.
"It's my last year swimming," Josh Kunzmann said. "I love swimming and it was a blast to be here with the team. I dropped my time and enjoyed watching some of the great swimmers here today."
The day's best Berkshire County swimmer was Monument Mountain's Nick Dillon, who brought home a sixth-place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 4.14 seconds and a fifth-place finish in the 100 yard butterfly, clocking in at 55.03.
The Monument Mountain boys finished the 2018-19 season with an undefeated record and were represented by Dillon, Harry Albert, Sam Cybulski, Ethan Dean and Jack Glantz on Sunday.
There was a little Berkshire County drama as Albert and Schweitzer found themselves swimming lane-by-lane in the 500 yard freestyle. Albert edged out Schweitzer by .04 seconds with a time of 5:29.69.
Dillon and the 400 medley relay team will be taking their talents to Boston next weekend for the state meet.
The Pittsfield boys, who finished their season with an 8-2 record were represented at Western Mass. by Isaac Boyd, Hayden Plouffe, Christian Marchbanks, Conor Hayford and Conor Mooney.
Boyd produced a strong performance in the 100 breaststroke, his time of 1:05.55 was good for eighth in the event.
"I think it would be silly to be upset [with how I did today]," Boyd said. "In the back of my head I know I am a little out of shape from where I was. I am stepping in the right direction and it's going to take time. This was a good stepping stone for me."
The next stone to be stepped on by Boyd will be in Boston as he will compete in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM next weekend at states.
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