They get better and better every year.
The East Hampton girls swim team put in another great performance at the League III Championships at Hauppauge High School on October 29, proving that every swimmer seems to be peaking at just the right time, with personal or lifetime best finishes in every event.
The Lady Bonackers finished second behind the only team that beat them in League III this season, Sayville/Bayport-Blue Point. East Hampton finished with 265 points while Sayville had 342 points.
Every season, it seems as though the Lady Bonackers have a bigger and bigger presence at the Section XI (Suffolk County) state qualifier meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, and that holds true this year, as three relay teams have qualified, and seven swimmers have also qualified in one or more individual events.
There will be at least one Bonac swimmer in 10 of the 12 swimming events contested at the county meet, which is set for this Saturday at 10 a.m.
There are several swimmers who have also hit the qualifying standard times for the New York State meet as well, and a few who are very close and will use the county meet as their final chance to qualify for states.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Julia Brierley, Jane Brierley, Sophia Swanson and Darcy McFarland started the league meet with a bang, shaving six seconds off their previous best time by finishing in 1:51.05, just 0.07 seconds behind Sayville’s winning team, but most importantly the time was under the state qualifying time.
Swanson and Jane Brierley will also compete at states — Swanson in the 100-yard butterfly and Brierley in the 100 backstroke.
Swanson had a great outing at the league meet, taking second in the 200 freestyle by just 0.4 seconds, before taking second by the same margin in the butterfly but hitting the state qualifying time. Jane Brierley, a freshman, was second in the butterfly by just 0.35 seconds with her season’s best time of 1:08.27.
Other highlights included senior Julia Brierley taking second in the 50 freestyle in a season’s best time of 26.47 seconds, and Pierson junior Catalina Badilla finishing third in the 100 freestyle in a season’s best 58.79 seconds.
Jane Brierley, McFarland, Julia Brierley and Swanson won the league title in the 200 freestyle relay, taking almost six seconds off their season’s best time with a finish in 1:42.02, just three tenths of a second off the state qualifying time.
Badilla, Swanson, Jane Brierley, Julia Brierley, Kiara Bailey-Williams, McFarland, Alyssa Brabant, Emily Dyner, Caroline Brown, Tiana Treadwell, Maddie Elflein and Corrina Castillo all had personal or lifetime best times in one or more events.