In less than 10 years, the East Hampton Hurricanes YMCA club swim team has gone from a tiny upstart to a powerhouse in New York State.
That fact was illustrated at the State YMCA Swimming Championships at Ithaca College this past weekend, where the young East End swimmers competed with more than 1,400 athletes on more than 40 teams. Head coach Tom Cohill, along with assistant coaches Craig Brierley and Annette MacNiven, brought 40 boys and girls, ranging in age from 7 to 18, which Cohill said was the highest number of swimmers he’s ever taken in nine years of attending the meet.
And the Hurricanes not only had numbers, they had results, too.
East Hampton High School junior Trevor Mott won the state title in the 500-yard freestyle in the boys 15-18 division, finishing in 4:48.08, while Georgie Bogetti broke the meet record in the 500 free in the girls 13-14 division with a time of 5:10.07. Bogetti also won both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races in her division, with times of 55.05 and 1:56.87, respectively.
Maggie Purcell of Southampton won both the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.03) and 200 free (2:05.55) in the girls 11-12 division and was dominant in both, winning by almost half a pool length. Noelle Capone, also of Southampton, won the 50-yard butterfly in the same division (her time was unavailable).
The girls 9-10 contingent won their age group for the Hurricanes. That group included Julia Brierley, Evelyn Purcell, Sophia Swanson, Olivia Brabant, Darcy McFarlane, Gabby Osborne, Caroline Brown and Catalina Padilla. Brierley was a standout in that division, placing in the top three in multiple events. The 9-10 Hurricanes girls won the 200-yard medley relay, in 2:13.40, as well as the 200-yard freestyle relay, in 1:57.99. The 11-12 Hurricane girls also did well, placing second overall in their division. That group included Connie Chan, Maggie Purcell, Noelle Capone, Isabella Swanson, Caroline Oakland, Liana Paradiso and Madison Jones.
The meet was bittersweet for Hurricanes Skye Marigold and Andrew Wintrhop, both seniors at East Hampton High School, as it was their last meet state meet as part of the Hurricanes team. Marigold finished in the top eight in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races. She will be continuing her swimming career at Connecticut College next year. Marigold qualified for YMCA Nationals, but Cohill said she won’t be attending because of other commitments.
The Hurricanes will have representation at the national meet, as both Bogetti and Thomas Brierely, an East Hampton junior, have qualified. Brierley finished in the top eight in multiple events at states. Mott missed out on the qualifying time by a fraction of a second in the 500. Nationals will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina April 3 to 6.
Overall, Cohill said he couldn’t have been happier with his team’s showing at states, which was the culmination of the season for the majority of the Hurricanes swimmers.
“It’s just very exciting for me to be a part of a really great team that does very well and pushes each other a lot,” he said.