Homecoming week always brings added excitement to any game or match and the same goes for the East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls swim team, which hosted Harborfields at the East Hampton YMCA RECenter last Thursday, October 14.
With Pajama Day, Twin Day, School Colors, Friday’s pep rally — which included the swim team’s boogie board races — followed by Friday night’s dance and Saturday evening’s football game, all of the excitement can sometimes be a distraction for some teams. But not for the swim team. The Bonackers, as head coach Craig Brierley put it, fed off all that energy and defeated Harborfields, 94-73, to improve to 3-1 in League III, 4-2 overall. The girls had over 20 personal bests in the pool, and while the Tornadoes took first place in five of the 11 events, Bonac still won the scoring in seven of them — which made all the difference.
“Harborfields has always been a quality team with some fast swimmers, but this season their roster numbers were low and did not have the depth to match up with us,” Brierley said.
As they always do after a meet, team captains selected a Swimmer of the Meet. East Hampton eighth-grader Lizzie Daniels was selected by the captains after the homecoming meet for being “a consistent hard worker at practice and is a wonderful teammate out of the water and her true character was reflected in her actions at the meet,” Brierley said.
There was a last minute scratch in the first event of the night, the 200-yard medley relay in which East Hampton’s “B” team needed someone to fill in for the butterfly leg. Daniels stepped up even though she was swimming in the very next event, the 200-yard freestyle. She helped the relay team place third, then, with very little rest, finished the 200 free in a personal best 2:18.99, which placed her third. Daniels also swam in the 200-yard freestyle relay, helping that team place second, and then capped the evening off with a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, where she posted another personal best in 1:21.64
East Hampton senior Camryn Hatch qualified for the Section XI Championships in the 50-yard freestyle in the win over Harborfields and has now qualified for counties in five different events, having previously qualified in the 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard breaststroke. Ava Castillo has qualified in both the 200 IM and 100 fly and Lily Griffin has qualified in the 100 free.
East Hampton hosted its final dual meet of the season and honored its three seniors, Julia Caldwell, Corrina Castillo and Emily Dyner on Wednesday against West Babylon. Following that meet, the Bonackers will prepare for the League III Championships, which will be Wednesday, October 27, at West Islip at 3:45 p.m. As stated on sectionxi.org, there will be no spectators allowed for the event.
The Section XI Swimming Championships will be held once again at Stony Brook University and will be spread across two days, November 6-7. Events one through eight will be November 6, starting at 10 a.m., with events nine through 12 starting the following day at 12:15 p.m.