The East Hampton boys swim team ended the regular season in style with a down-to-the-wire 89-81 win over Sayville/Bayport at the East Hampton YMCA on Senior Day.
Combined with two other wins last week, East Hampton finished with a 5-2 mark in League II, good enough for third place behind Hauppague (7-0) and West Islip (6-1). The Bonackers were 6-3 overall.
The meet against the defending League II champs came down to the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. East Hampton edged out Sayville to take first in that event with a time of 3:32.00, compared to 3:33.97. Bonac anchor leg swimmer Thomas Brierley passed his opponent in that final stretch to secure the win for his team. East Hampton’s 400 free ‘B’ relay also beat out Sayville’s ‘B’ relay team.
Several swimmers came up with personal-best finishes in the meet as part of a strong overall team effort. Thomas Brierley, Christian Brierley, Joe Gengarelly, Dylan Camacho, Charles Bourie, Caleb Atkinson-Barnes, Tony Sanchez, Shane McCann, Kevin Weiss, Chris Kalbacher, Thomas Ludacer, Nick Pucci, Noah Gualtieri, Tyler Menold, Rob Rewinski, Trevor Mott, Claudio Figueroa, Thomas Treadwell and Henry Uihlein all set personal records in either individual and/or relay events.
The Bonackers began the week with a 92-73 win over Huntington at home on January 27. The 200-yard medley relay ‘B’ team of Anthony McGorisk, Menold, Kalbacher and Tyler Shaw had their best time, finishing in 1:53.43 to take third. Pucci took four seconds off his previous best time in the 200 freestyle, finishing in 2:08.04, and he also set a personal record in the 500 freestyle, dropping five seconds to a 5:52.65, taking first. Pucci was named East Hampton’s Swimmer of the Meet by his teammates.
The 200 free relay team of Thomas Brierley, Menold, Thomas Paradiso and Mott lowered their previous best time, improving to 1:34.81, while the 200 free ‘C’ relay team of Weiss, Ludacer, Baxter Parcher-Charles and Andrew Wilson set a personal record with a time of 2:02.82.
Thomas Brierley and Mott, who both already earned spots at states, also shined, with Mott winning the 100 freestyle, in 50.40 seconds, and Brierley earning a personal-best finish and lowering the team record in the 100 breaststroke, in 1:04.91.
Rob Rewinski, Uihlein, Thomas Brierley, Pucci, Gengarelly, Henry Whitney, Camacho, Figueroa, Harrison Kennedy, Menold, Atkinson-Barnes, Paradiso, Ludacer, Mott and Bourie all earned personal-best finishes in the meet as well.
The following day, East Hampton traveled to face North Babylon and came away with a 101-57 win. North Babylon had just 12 swimmers and is generally not a strong program, therefore East Hampton head coach Craig Brierley took the opportunity to put his swimmers in unfamiliar events and let some ‘B’ swimmers take the lead in ‘A’ races.
Brierley did not have complete results from the meet, as it was held in a metered pool, and the times still needed to be converted from meters to yards.
East Hampton will compete in the League II meet at Hauppauge on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and swimmers who have qualified will compete in the county meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on February 15.