Sports Wrap: Swimmers Excel at Counties, Pierson Runners Heading to States, Rowers in Snow Flake

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Members of the East Hampton swim team at last week's Suffolk County Championship meet.

Bailey-Williams Finishes Season at County Meet

The East Hampton girls swim team closed out another successful season with a sixth-place finish out of 25 teams in the Suffolk County Championship meet on November 3.

The team’s 200-yard medley relay and its 200 freestyle relay, both comprised of Oona Foulser, Julia Brierley, Jane Brierley and Sophia Swanson, finished in the top three, with the freestyle team missing out on a county championship by just one second. Swanson finished fourth in the 100 butterfly and Jane Brierley was fifth in the 100 breaststroke, as both qualified for the New York State meet, along with the two relay teams, which also qualified for the state meet on November 16 and 17 at Ithaca College.

Pierson sophomore Kiara Bailey-Williams posted a time of 2:21.15 in the 200 IM, which dropped almost seven seconds from her previous personal best, moving her up seven places from her seed time to secure a 10th-place finish and seven points for the team.

Ward Melville won the county title with 315.5 total points, followed by Northport (247), Sayville/Bayport-Blue Point (212), Connetquot (209.5), Half Hollow Hills (190) and East Hampton, which had a total of 187.5 points, all of which were earned in the swimming events because the Lady Bonackers do not field a diving team.

Pierson Cross Country Runners Will Compete at States

The Pierson boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Suffolk County Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park on Friday, November 2, in the more competitive ranks of Class C, after competing as a Class D school in previous years.

Three runners from Pierson, including Ben McErlean, Peter Schaefer and Penelope Greene, will return to Sunken Meadow this Saturday for the New York State Championship race.

“We made sacrifices this season staying on the island and doing all the Sunken Meadow meets and taking long bus rides up to Kings Park to practice in preparations for the state qualifier,” Pierson boys coach Joe Amato said later.

Pierson’s boys team finished third in Class C with a team average of 19 minutes and 43 seconds. As he has done all season, McErlean led the charge and finished with a time of 18:36 on Friday, with Schaefer coming in close behind in 19:05.

The Pierson girls team was hurt by injuries all season and had just three runners who competed in the county race. Greene finished third in Class C with a time of 21:34.55, while seniors Caroline Jungck and Carly Browngardt ended their careers with times of 22:46.12 and 28:25, respectively.

Rowers Compete in Snow Flake Regatta 

The Sag Harbor community Rowing Club participated in the Snow Flake Regatta on the Peconic River in Riverhead on Sunday and medaled in 11 out of 12 events, according to Lee Oldak, who runs the program. Participants included middle and high school students and masters rowers. The event, in total, included 109 entries from 10 different rowing clubs.

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