The East Hampton girls swim team honored its seniors and enjoyed a quality win over a tough opponent on Thursday, October 17, beating Harborfields, 93-77, in its final home meet of the season at the East Hampton YMCA.
The Lady Bonackers improved to 3-1 in League III with the win, 3-3 overall, second only to Sayville/Bayport (4-0, 6-0), who handed them their only league loss in a meet that was decided by 11 points on October 11. Harborfields dropped to 2-2, 2-4 overall, good enough for third place in the league.
East Hampton was scheduled to close out the regular season at Hauppauge (2-2, 4-6) on October 21.
Seven Bonac swimmers competed in their home pool for the last time on October 17, including Reghan Anderson, Olivia Brabant, Julia Brierley, Eva Doyle, Darcy McFarland, Sophia Swanson, and Tiana Treadwell, and they performed well.
Sophia Swanson was first in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races, with times of 56.95 seconds and 2:05.23, respectively. Julia Brierley was first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.51 seconds, while McFarland was fourth in both the 50 free (27.88 seconds) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:17.63). Treadwell also earned points for her team with a pair of fourth-place finishes, with times of 1:03.83 in the 100 free and 1:26.46 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Anderson had her season’s best time in the 100 backstroke, taking fifth in 1:19.78, and Doyle had her best time in her 50-yard freestyle portion of the 200 medley relay in a time of 30.44 seconds.
Head coach Craig Brierley was also happy with the effort of junior Caroline Brown, who had just returned to competition after being sick, but still finished fourth in the 200 free, and taking third in the longest race, the 500 free.
Also competing in that grueling race was junior Stephanie Pallchisaca, who was chosen by her teammates as Swimmer of the Meet because she volunteered to swim in the long distance race when one of her teammates was unable to swim in it at the last minute.
Overall, East Hampton took first in eight of the 11 events, and outscored Harborfields in nine of 11 events.
Several swimmers hit personal-best times in one or more event, including Maddie Elflein, Doyle, Treadwell, Corrina Castillo, Sophie Tucci, Larissa Marin, Anderson, Brabant, Sophia Swanson, and Julia Caldwell. The 400-yard freestyle ‘A’ relay team of Catalina Badilla, Brabant, Kiara Bailey-Williams and Sophia Swanson had a season’s best time of 4:00.58, taking first.
The postseason for East Hampton is set to begin on October 29, with the League III Championship meet at Hauppauge High School at 4:15 p.m. Swimmers and relay teams that have hit county meet qualifying times in their events will then compete in the Section XI (Suffolk County) State Qualifier meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on November 9 at 10 a.m.