The East Hampton boys swim team is headed to the Section XI (Suffolk County) meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood this weekend on a high note after a strong performance in the League III meet at Hauppauge High School on Friday.
Thanks to several standout efforts, the Bonackers finished fourth overall as a team with 196 points, behind champion Hauppauge (300 points), Sayville/Bayport (226) and West Islip (209). East Hampton finished ahead of Harborfields (139), Deer Park (118), Huntington (96) and North Babylon (51).
Bonac seniors Trevor Mott and Thomas Brierley had great days, with Mott qualifying for states in the 200-yard freestyle, taking second in 1:47.49, his best time of the year. The state cut time in that event is 1:47.60. Mott had already qualified for states in the 500-yard free, and on Friday, he won the league title in that event with a time of 4:51.88.
Brierley, who has also already qualified for states in the 100-yard backstroke, took first in that event at leagues with a time of 54.40 seconds. Brierley also finished third in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.36, and he set a personal record in the 50 free portion of the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 22.24 seconds.
Rob Rewinski took fourth in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.10, and he also had a personal-best time in the 200 free relay, finishing in 24.48 seconds. Robert Anderson was fourth in the 100 free in 53.40 seconds, a personal-best time. The 200 medley relay team of Christian Brierley, Mott, Rewinski and Thomas Brierley finished second in 1:46.42, while the 200 free relay squad of Anderson, Rewinski, Alex Astilean and Tyler Menold finished third in 1:36.76.
The 400 free relay team of Astilean, Thomas Paradiso, Mott and Thomas Brierley took second and had its best time of the season with a 3:25.96.
Other personal-best times included: Caleb Atkinson-Barnes (2:13.53 in the 200 free); Paradiso (2:23.72 in the 200 individual medley and 52.95 seconds in his portion of the 400 free relay); T.J. Calabrese (5:42.38 in the 500 free); Menold (23.54 seconds in the 200 free relay and 1:10.90 in the 100 breaststroke); and Anthony McGorisk (1:02.16 in the 100 backstroke).
The Bonackers also had the distinction of winning the Long Island Swimming Officials Association Section XI Sportsmanship Award, which head coach Craig Brierley said was a great honor for his team.
The county meet will kick off at 10:30 a.m. at SCCC’s Brentwood campus on Saturday.