MAU sweeps Taconic in season opener


BENNINGTON >> Mount Anthony Union swim team coach Anna Swierad couldn't have been happier after her teams' performance in their season opener on Friday.

The Patriots defeated Taconic in both boys and girls meets, making it a clean sweep for MAU in their season opener.

"I am really proud of every one of our swimmers," Swierad said. "Everybody who competed today scored a point for us. It was a great day for all of our swimmers."

Getting everything started off right for the Patriots was the swimming of their girls team.

The MAU girls won the first event of the afternoon in the 200 yard medley relay and never looked back to win by a tally of 106-63.

MAU had a first place finish in every girls event in the meet.

"We all just went out there and swam our fastest," said senior Bridget Ahearn. "We got the win and all of us did really well. It was a lot of fun."

Ahearn, was one of four different girls on the MAU team that had a first place finish in the meet. One of the two senior captains on the team, Ahearn had two first places finishing, winning both the girl's 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle.

MAU's other senior captain Phebe Hall, also had a great day in the pool. The senior finished first in two events as well on the afternoon, winning the girls 200 yard individual medley and the 100 yard breaststroke.

Jenna Staab earned the most first places finishes out of girl in the meet, winning four events for MAU.

"It's really exciting that we were able to all have such a good day in the pool," Hall said. "They way all us performed today, we really shows how good we can be this year."

On the boys' side, MAU was able to edge out Taconic by a count of 63-55.

Leading the way for the MAU boys was Zach LaForest, who scored a team-high 10 points on the afternoon for the Patriots.

For Taconic, Kyle Rochelo had a great day in the pool, winning a boys meet high two races.

Taconic also won two out of the three boys relay races as well.

"I think all the kids on both teams performed really well in the meet," said Taconic coach Marisa Plant. "The first meet is always a good starting point to help kids get better as the season goes on, so I'm really excited to see what happens down the line for us this season."

This will not be the last time this season that MAU and Taconic will go up against each the other.

The two will meet again next month when MAU travles to race Taconic at the YMCA in North Adams, Mass.

For now though, the Patriots will focus on their next opponent New Lebanon, who they will host next Friday at 4:30 p.m.

"I didn't know what to expect this season, but after today I think were going to really well this year," Swierad said. "Really looking forward to the next one."


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