After a pair of closely contested non-league meets against larger schools Northport/Commack and Ward Melville, the East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls swimming team was eager to dive into its League III schedule when it hosted West Islip at the East Hampton ReCenter pool on Friday.
After a stirring rendition of the national anthem by Pierson eighth-grader Izzy Caplin, the Lady Bonackers got right to work, taking the first and third placements in the opening 200-yard medley relay to take an early 10-4 lead, one they would never relinquish. East Hampton took first place in nine of the 11 events and won the overall scoring in all 11 events in what ended up being an 89-73 victory. With the win, East Hampton improved to 1-2 overall and handed West Islip its first loss of the season.
“They displayed the competitive racing skills they have been working hard on in practice,” East Hampton head coach Craig Brierley said of his swimmers.
East Hampton’s captains recognized East Hampton junior Caroline Brown as the Swimmer of the Meet. Brown won both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events in 2:15.04 and 6:09.71, respectively, earning 12 points for the Lady Bonackers. She was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that won in 4:15.57. She was joined by Jane Brierley, Emily Dyner, and Catalina Badilla in the relay.
Badilla qualified for the Section XI Championships in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, and Julia Brierley qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke. West Islip junior Jackie Triglia qualified for the New York State Championships in the 100-yard butterfly and just missed qualifying for states, as well, in the 100 backstroke by 0.35 of a second.
East Hampton is slated to host West Babylon this Thursday, October 3, at 5 p.m. at the ReCenter as part of the school’s homecoming week festivities. It will face Sayville/Bayport/Blue Point in its next meet on October 11, also at 5 p.m.