East Hampton’s 200 Free Relay Finishes Season At State Meet

Bonackers, from left to right, Christian Gaines, Fernando Menjura, Owen McCormac, Colin Harrison, Jack Duryea, Aidan Forst and head coach Craig Brierley at the New York State Swimming Championships on Friday. DREW BUDD

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton swim team’s season came to an end at its apex event, the New York State Swimming Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow this past Friday and Saturday.

Bonac’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of East Hampton’s Colin Harrison and Owen McCormac and Pierson’s Jack Duryea and Fernando Menjura, all juniors, finished their race in the third heat of the event in 1:31.04, shaving 1.5 seconds off their best time, but, missing the finals by only an eighth of a second. Harrison led off with a 50-yard split in 24.15 seconds, following Duryea’s 22.77 seconds, Menjura’s 22.27 seconds and McCormac’s 21.85 seconds. East Hampton senior Aidan Forst also traveled with the team as an alternate.

St. Anthony’s won the meet in a new state public high school record time of 1:24.33, besting the previous record of 1:24.54 set by Clarence in 2010.

“While the boys were disappointed, they were able to hold their heads high knowing they gave their best effort,” East Hampton head coach Craig Brierley said. “It was a great experience and a very fast meet. The boys represented themselves and their schools with great pride and East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton High School swim teams continue to look toward a bright future in our sport in both our boys and girls programs.”

East Hampton will have a large contingent of swimmers at the upcoming Section XI awards dinner, since it had a representative in every event for All-League honors. That will include the 200 medley relay team (Duryea, Harrison, McCormac, Joey Badilla) and the 400 free relay (Forst, Menjura, Nicky and Joey Badilla), Forst (200 free, 500 free), Joey Badilla (200 IM, 100 back), Menjura (50 free, 100 free), McCormac (50 free), Harrison (50 free, 100 fly), Duryea (100 breast). The 200 free relay was All-League as well as All-County.