Carly Drew wasn’t thinking about the state meet when she showed up with her East Hampton teammates at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Saturday for the county swim meet.
The East Hampton junior said she simply wanted to swim a faster time in her signature event, the 100-yard butterfly.
Drew certainly did that, shaving 1.5 seconds off her previous best time, and in the process she earned a pretty nice bonus—her time of 59.64 seconds in the event was good enough for third place, but it also was under the state qualifying standard time of 1:00.02. That means it earned her a trip to the New York State Championships, set for November 21 and 22 at Ithaca College.
Drew is just the second swimmer in the girls swim program’s history to qualify for states, following in the footsteps of Marina Preiss, who made it to states several times before graduating last year.
“I just wanted to better my time for myself, and make myself feel good about my swim,” she said.
Drew has been specializing in the butterfly, considering the most difficult stroke to master, since she was a little kid, she said. “It’s just the one I was fastest at, so I kept swimming it,” she said.
Drew was the headliner of an all-around strong effort by the Lady Bonackers, who finished ninth out of 16 teams at the meet, with 118.5 points. Ward Melville won the meet, with 344 points, followed by Harborfields (290.5), Connetquot (264), Half Hollow Hills (257), Sayville/Bayport/Blue Point (238.5), Sachem East (165), Northport/Commack (151), and Smithtown (125.5). Sachem North was 10th, behind East Hampton, with 103.5 points.
East Hampton’s three relay teams fared well at the county meet, led by the 200-yard medley team, which was fifth, in 1:57.54. The team included Cecilia DeHavenon, Madison Jones, Drew, and Lilah Minetree. DeHavenon and Drew had their best times to date in their portions of the race.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Drew, Minetree, Marikate Ryan and Isabella Swanson finished seventh in 1:47.84, with Drew and Ryan posting their best times in their respective portions of the race. The 400 free relay team of Amanda Calabrese, Drew, DeHavenon and Jones took eighth, in 3:56.02, with DeHavenon, Drew and Calabrese all posting their best times in that event.
Swanson had two top-15 finishes for East Hampton, taking 15th in the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:26.46, a personal-best time, and 12th in the 100 butterfly, in 1:04.95, also a personal best. DeHavenon was in the top 15 twice as well, taking 15th in the 50-yard freestyle, in 26.51 seconds, and sixth in the 100 backstroke, in 58.58, both personal-best times.
Calabrese was 11th in the 100 butterfly, in 1:04.77, a personal-best time, while Ryan also posted her best time in that race, taking 10th, in 1:07.37. Minetree had her best time in the 100 free, taking 22nd, in 58.67. Jones was 19th in that race, in 58.47 seconds.
Minetree also was 16th in the 50 free, in 26.63 seconds, while Jones was 18th in that race, in 26.64 seconds. Calabrese finished 22nd in the 100 backstroke, in 1:09.19.