Sports Wrap: Cross Country Eyes Counties, Volleyball To Face Mattituck, Golf Excels, Swim Team is Second

The East Hampton varsity swim team. Michael Heller photo

Swim Team Finished Second in League Meet 

The East Hampton girls swim team, fresh off winning the regular-season League III title, competed at Hauppauge High School on October 24 in the League III Championship Meet, where the team finished second behind the Sayville Golden Flashes, whose points in the diving competition pushed them over the top. Sayville scored a total of 313 points to East Hampton’s 295, but included in Sayville’s score was 36 points for diving, which the Lady Bonackers don’t compete in.

“This competition was a complete team effort,” head coach Craig Brierley said. For those competing, every race mattered.”

The team’s only two seniors, Oona Foulser and Emma Wiltshire, were honored as swimmers of the meet. League champions included the team’s 200-yard medley relay team and its 200 freestyle team, which both included Foulser, Sophia Swanson and Julia and Jane Brierley. Foulser won the 50 freestyle event and Jane Brierley won the 100 breaststroke.

Pierson’s Kiara Bailey-Williams finished fifth in the 200 IM in 2:29.34 and was sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:05.85. Bailey-Williams has qualified in the 200 IM for the Section XI Championships, which will be held on Saturday, November 3, at 10 a.m. at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Cross Country Team Eyes County Race

The Pierson boys cross country team has shown steady progress this season and on October 23 in the Division Championship race ran their best five-man average at Sunken Meadow Park in 15 years. The five man average of 19:54 reached the team’s season goal one week early, as the athletes prepared for the Suffolk County Championships back at Sunken Meadow this Friday, November 3. Start time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

“The athletes have been working very hard and their efforts were very good considering we did not taper for this race,” Pierson coach Joe Amato said after the division race. “With some rest and a little luck we hope to run even faster at the Suffolk County Class C Championships.”

As he has done all season, Pierson sophomore Ben McErlean led the team as he with an 18:51. Peter Schaefer ran a personal-best time of 19:46 and Sage Witty ran a 20:01, which was also a personal best. All three of those runners earned All-League status. Freshmen Tom Schiavoni and Julian Cheng finished the race in 20:13 and 20:28, respectively, both personal records. Team captain and two-time state qualifier Hunter Hansen sat out because of a minor injury.

The Pierson girls team, which will also compete Friday in the Suffolk County championship meet, also set some personal records at Sunken Meadow on October 23, with sophomore Penelope Greene finishing seventh in 21:51 and Caroline Jungck finishing 13th in 22:20.

Runners who qualify for the state meet on Friday will return to Sunken Meadow on November 10 for the New York Stat Championships.

Volleyball Team To Face Mattituck

As expected, the Pierson/Bridgehampton girls volleyball team will face Mattituck with the Suffolk County Class C Championship on the line on Monday, November 5, at Shoreham/Wading River High School at 4 p.m.

The Lady Tuckers (14-2) went undefeated to win the League VIII title this year and handed Pierson, the defending Suffolk County and Long Island champions, their only two losses of the season. Pierson also lost two league matches last year to Stony Brook, but went on to beat the Lady Bears in the county final.

Golf Team Going to Counties 

The Pierson golf team finished the regular season with a 4-6 record and qualified as a team for this week’s Suffolk County Championships at Rock Hill Country Club as the result of their play in the divisional tournament on October 22. Pierson junior Henry Brooks shot a 78 and tied for third in the tournament, while Tucker Schiavoni shot an 83. Cooper Schiavoni shot an 87 and Brendan Burke a 97.

Westhampton Beach, which won the League VIII title, also won the Division IV Championship, beating out Mattituck, 417-419. Hurricanes Junior Mackenzie Kim also won the individual title with a scores of 76. The Suffolk County tournament was ongoing as of Wednesday back at Rock Hill.