Patriots, Warriors split in the pool

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PITTSFIELD — The Mount Anthony swim team won five of the six relay events as the Patriots split with Wahconah on Friday afternoon.

The girls won 84-71, while the boys lost 87-75.

On the girls side, there were five wins for the Patriots, including a pair for Mary Mendez in the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley. Natasha Kopecj was first in two events as well, with wins in the 50 free and the 100 butterfly. Grace Burhans touched first in the 100 freestyle.

Summer Nichols had a pair of runner-up finishes, in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 free. Burhans was second in the 50 free and Nikita Noyes-Martel was second in the 500 free.

"I only have two seniors with the girls, but my junior class is looking pretty strong," said Mount Anthony coach Amanda Robson. "I had two of them do the 500 for the first time and they came out enjoying it."

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Mendez and Kopecj had strong swims with their two victories each.

"They are on the summer team [Tritons] and they are good swimmers, so I can put them in anything," Robson said. "I don't have a lot of swimmers who can do a lot of different events, it's important to have kids who can step up and [try] other events."

On the boys side, Anthony Mazzola won a pair of individual events in the 100 breast and the 200 IM, while Cooper Niles won the 500 free in 7 minutes, 16.81 seconds. Nicholas Kristiansen took gold in the 100 back as well. Paul Becker was second in both the 100 free and the 200 free, while Devin Deets was second in the 50 free and the 100 fly.

"I am so proud of him," Robson said. "I asked the boys who wants to volunteer for the 500 and he stepped up. I was so happy for him to get first."

Andrew Marsden was a part of the 200 and 400 free relay as the Patriot boys swept all three relays.

"Andrew is a new [swimmer] who is improving each meet and one of my former swimmers, Caden Watson, came back to help him with the backstroke," Robson said.


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