The East Hampton girls swim team picked up two more wins last week, and is looking good heading into the tail end of the season. The Lady Bonackers beat Hauppauge, 90-78, in Hauppauge on October 16 before getting past Huntington, 98-72, at home on Friday. On Monday, East Hampton beat West Babylon, 91-71, at home. That meet ended too late for individual results to be included in this week’s edition, but they will be in next week’s paper.
In the win over Huntington, the Lady Bonackers earned a slew of personal-best times and also met the county meet qualifying times in several events.
Marina Preiss won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.94, a time that isn’t far off the state meet qualifying time of 1:57.24. She also won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:20.39. Morgan German was second in the 100-yard butterfly in a season’s-best time of 1:09.97, and Lilah Minetree won the 100-yard freestyle in 59.06 seconds. Isabella Swanson was second in the 500 free in a personal-best time of 6:01.13. In the same event, Alexandra Ebel shaved an impressive 16 seconds off her previous best time, finishing in 7:11.80.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Cecilia DeHavenon was first in 1:05.69, a county qualifying time, while Lindsey Stevens was third in 1:07.93, a personal best and only four-tenths of a second off the county qualifying time.
Vanessa Betancur won the 100-yard breast stroke in a personal-best time of 1:24.07, while Shannon Ryan was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 29.05 seconds, her season’s best time.
In the 200-yard individual medley, DeHavenon was second in 2:26.46, a county qualifying time, and Marikate Ryan also hit the county time, taking third in 2:26.51, her personal best. Diana Winthrop was fourth in that race in 2:41.89, her personal best.
Against Hauppauge, Preiss won the 50 free in 25.10 seconds, just three-tenths of a second off the state qualifying time. She also won the 500 free, in 5:20.29, just six seconds off the state qualifying time in that event. Swanson won the 200 free in 2:16.17; Morgan German won the 100 fly in 1:10.41; Minetree won the 100 free in 1:00.07; Stevens had her season’s best time in the 100 back, taking first in 1:09.26; Betancur was third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:27.03, her personal best; and Marikate Ryan was first in the 200 IM in 2:35.37.
East Hampton swimmers who have not yet qualified for counties will have one more chance to do so at the League III meet, slated for November 1 at Hauppauge at 4:30 p.m. The county meet will take place at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on November 9 at 10:30 a.m. East Hampton will have a strong presence at the meet, as several relay teams and a slew of individuals have already qualified. The Lady Bonackers will bring a medley relay, 200 free and 400 free relay team to the meet, although head coach John McGeehan has not decided yet who will swim on those relays. DeHavenon, a freshman, has qualified in the 100 free, 200 free, 200 IM, 100 back and 500 free; Lauren German, an eighth-grader has qualified in the 500 free; Minetree, a sophomore, has qualified in the 50 free, 100 free and 500 free; Preiss, a senior, has qualified for both counties and states in the 100 free, and has qualified for counties in the 50, 200 and 500 free races; Marikate Ryan, a freshman, has qualified in the 200 IM; Stevens, a senior, qualified in the 100 back; Isabella Swanson, an eighth-grader, qualified in the 100 fly and 500 free; and Shannon Ryan, a sophomore, will compete in at least one of the relays.