MAU swim with lots of talented returners and newcomers

BENNINGTON — Ann Webster-Lang enters her second season as the head coach of the Mount Anthony boys and girls swim teams, having followed Anna Swierad's 14-year stint running the program, and MAU will look to build upon the base she set from last year heading into the 2017-18 season.

The boys team finished last season 5-5, while the girls were 0-10.

The Patriots return a solid group of swimmers from last season's team for both genders.

On the girls side, the top sprint returner will be captain Shaana Staab.

Emily Calder at middle distance and captain Caroline Worthington at the longer distance look promising in early practices and are expected to make a major impact on the squad, while captain Savannah Robson will look to continue earning points in the backstroke.

MAU will also get the return of Paige Marion to the team. Marion missed the last two years and the coaching staff expects her to be a major force in the pool.

On the boys side, there is also a lot of depth this year. Some of the top returners are captain Zach LaForest, who looks to continue his dominance in the sprint freestyle, with Lucas Reutter and Noah Loomis adding depth at that spot as well.

Owen Denue will swim the distance freestyle events, while captains Morgan Flynn and Caden Watson will cover individual events. Anthony Mazzola will be a jack of all trades for the Patriots, competing in what events are needed. Webster-Lang described Mazzola as "an all-purpose and well-rounded swimmer."

On top of these talented returners, MAU has many promising newcomers to the team this year.

Some of these swimmers are experienced as they have swam for the Bennington Marauders or the Manchester Tritons.

Emily Ascuitto, Sarah Ascuitto, Grace Burnhans, Devin Deets, Aaron Mattison, Ben Medvedev, and Mary Mendez will all be swimmers to watch this season for the Patriots.

Webster-Lang has high hopes for all of her swimmers heading into the season.

"We are looking forward to many personal best times with all of the new additions to the team as well as all returning swimmers," Webster-Lang said.

MAU's first meet is today against Taconic. The meet is set for a 4:30 start at the Pittsfield YMCA in Pittsfield, Mass.

Webster-Lang sees this as nice early season test for her team.

"This will be key to the start of our season as we'll get a chance to see what the swimmers can do as a team," she said.

The Patriots have meets on all four Fridays in December and on December 29th, they will be swimming at Hudson High, which should be an interesting meet as Hudson has not been in the league for several years.

Their 10-meet season culminates on February 3rd at Simon's Rock and is the Berkshire Individuals.


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