Swimmers competing at the Section XI (Suffolk County) swim meet can have any number of goals, ranging from hoping to hit the state qualifying standard in certain events to simply performing around or better than their season’s best times. By the latter standards, the Bonackers were successful on Saturday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.Thanks to several strong performances, the Bonackers finished seventh overall out of 23 teams. Several of the teams that finished ahead of them have a diving contingent, which East Hampton does not. With the diving points taken out, East Hampton would have finished fifth overall.
Bonac standouts Thomas Brierley and Trevor Mott, who will both compete in states for the second straight season, did well for East Hampton. Mott was fifth in two events, with a time of 1:48.35 in the 200-yard freestyle and 4:56.72 in the 500-yard freestyle, the events he’ll be competing in at states in March. Brierley had top-four finishes in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, with a time of 49.15 seconds in the first and 54.31 seconds in the second event. Brierley had already qualified for states in the 100 backstroke, but was hoping to hit the state cut time of 48.76 in the 100 free. Although his time of 49.15 in the 100 free was his season’s best, it wasn’t enough to make states. Brierley’s time in the 100 backstroke was also his best of the season.
East Hampton showcased its team depth and versatility with top six finishes in all three relays. In the 200 medley relay, Brierley, Mott, Rob Rewinski and Shane McCann finished fifth in 1:44.75, while the 200-freestyle relay team of Rewinski, Thomas Paradiso, Tyler Menold and McCann took sixth in 1:36.27.
In the 400 free relay, East Hampton took fourth in 3:26.72 with the team of Paradiso, Mott, Brierley and Anderson. Brierley had one more chance to hit the state cut time in the 100 free in that event, and came closer but still didn’t get there, with a split time of 48.97.
Several other Bonac swimmers had strong showings in what was their final outing of the season. In the 200 individual medley, Anderson was right at his best time with a 2:20.69, taking 24th overall. In the 50 free, McCann posted his best time (23.30 seconds) to take ninth, while Menold was near his best time with a 24.62 and finished 28th. In the 100 butterfly, Chris Kalbacher had a season’s best time of 1:02.03, taking 24th, while Rewinski reached his season goal of breaking 1:00, with his best time of the year (59.09) to finish 13th.
In the 100 free, Anderson was 18th in 52.97, his best time of the year, while Paradiso was 25th in 54.60, right around his best time. In the 100 backstroke, Christian Brierley was 18th in 1:00.84, his best time of the year, while Anthony McGorisk also had his best time of the year, taking 21st in 1:01.22.
In the 100 breaststroke, Menold recorded his best time in 1:10.86, taking 21st, while Joe Gengarelly swam right near his best time, finishing 17th in 1:08.82.
Half Hollow Hills won the meet with 434 points, followed by Hauppauge (247), Smithtown (205), Ward Melville (178), West Islip (178), Sayville (169) and East Hampton (156). The seventh-place finish marked a vast improvement from last year, when East Hampton finished 12th as a team.
Thomas Brierley and Mott will officially end the season for East Hampton at the state meet on February 28 and March 1 in Webster, New York.