Duryea Closes Out Career at States

Bonacker swimmers, from left to right, Aidan Forst, Own McCormac, Ryan Duryea and Ethan McCormac.

Pierson senior Ryan Duryea swam the last competitive race of his high school career on Saturday as a member of the East Hampton swim team’s 4×200 yard freestyle relay team.

East Hampton’s Ethan and Owen McCormac and Aidan Forst joined Duryea, who will swim next season at Roger Williams College in Rhode Island, in reaching the New York State Championship Meet at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on March 1 and 2.

Ethan McCormac, who is also a senior, had another outstanding performance, finishing third in the state in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.23 seconds and fifth in the 200 free, with a time of 1:42.35 in the final.

The relay team, with Duryea swimming its anchor leg, finished 18thoverall while posting a time of 1:28.93.

“It was a great experience and a very fast meet,” East Hampton coach Craig Brierley reported. “The boys represented themselves and their schools with great pride and East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton swimming is very strong with a bright future for our sport in both our boys and girls programs.”

Pierson sophomores Colin Harrison and Fernando Menjura also attended the state meet as alternates on the relay team. They and the other swimmers at the state meet were named All League this season, with the entire relay team also being named All County and All State. Pierson’s Joey Badilla, Edward Hoff and Jack Duryea earned All-League status as well to close out the season.