The East Hampton girls swim team capped its most impressive season in school history at the New York State Championships at Ithaca College over the weekend.
Six girls represented the Lady Bonackers at the big meet, with three relay teams and two of the swimmers competing in individual events.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Cecilia DeHavenon (backstroke), Julia Brierley (breaststroke), Carly Drew (butterfly) and Lilah Minetree (freestyle) swam a season’s best time of 1:51.10 in the prelims, earning a spot in the ‘B’ final on Saturday. In that final race, they clocked in at 1:51.43, finishing 15th overall to earn All-State honors. DeHavenon (28.59 seconds) Brierley (31.05), Drew (26.58) and Minetree (25.21) all had strong split times.
Drew, a senior, swam in the 100 butterfly and finished in 1:01.60, taking 57th overall after being ranked 53rd.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Sophia Swanson (26.14), Madison Jones (25.84), Drew (25.34) and Brierley (24.64) swam within 0.3 seconds of their’s season’s best, finishing 38th overall after being ranked 44th.
DeHavenon swam in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 59.77, just 0.17 seconds off her best time of the year. She was ranked 38th and finished 34th.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Sophia Swanson (56.00), Drew (55.99), Jones (56.41) and Brierley (55.41) finished in 3:43.81 in the prelims, good enough for 37th place. They were ranked 32nd.
Sophomore Maggie Purcell, an independent swimmer from Southampton High School (which does not have a varsity team) represented her school at states, competing in the 200-yard individual medley. Purcell made it to the ‘C’ final in that event—where swimmers do 50 yards of each stroke, freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke—and finished with a time of 2:12.00. Her time of 2:10.53 in the prelims met the national cut time for YMCA Nationals, which will take place in North Carolina in the spring. Purcell is a member of the East Hampton YMCA Hurricanes club swim team, competing with many of the girls on East Hampton’s varsity team.
Purcell’s coach, Tom Cohill—who coaches the YMCA team—said both he and Purcell were happy with her performance at states.
“We went there with the goal of making finals and getting a second swim, which we did,” he said. “We wanted to make a Y national time, which we did.
In addition we identified places to improve in her IM, and we’ll start working on those areas this week.
“We are going to try and build on the successes with a focus on specific improvements,” Cohill continued. “Maggie has shown her ability across a range of different strokes and distances. This has been a big part of the plan for Maggie—remain strong across a broad range of events as she matures as an athlete.”