Sports Wrap: Track Athletes Impress, Swim Team Wins — Again

Sag Harbor's Joey Badilla, swimming at a meet last year, earned a qualifying time for the Section XI meet in the 100-yard butterfly last week. Michael Heller photo

Young Track Athletes Impress

The East Hampton girls winter track team, which is stacked with young talent, performed well over the weekend at the Art Mitchell Invitational meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. Pierson freshman Grace Brosnan finished first in the freshman section of the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 10.25 seconds and was third among freshman in the high jump with a leap of 4’6”. Juliana Barahona, a sophomore at Pierson in her first year on winter track, finished sixth in the sophomore shotput with a throw of 25’5.5”, and ran a personal-best time of 51.13 in the 300 meters to finish 21st among sophomores. Penelope Greene, another Pierson sophomore, returned from a foot injury and finished 5th among sophomores in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:43.38.

The girls’ next meet is back at Suffolk Community College for the Zeitler Relays on Thursday, January 10, starting at 5 p.m.

Swim Team Wins — Again

Members of the East Hampton boys swim team won 10 of 11 events against North Babylon on Friday, January 4, on their way to an 83-76 victory. The Bonackers improved to 3-0 atop the League II standings, and 5-0 overall.

“The coaches are very happy for the boys, as they continue to swim very well and are showing nice improvements in the skills and techniques they have been practicing,” East Hampton head coach Craig Brierley said.

Pierson sophomore Joey Badilla was named by teammates as “Swimmer of the Meet” after he secured qualifying times for the Section XI meet in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 breaststroke.  His time of 1:03.22 in the butterfly was good for second place, and he would have won the breaststroke with a time of 1:09.47, but East Hampton had already secured the victory and stopped scoring points.

“Prior to the start of the meet, Joey confidently stated he was going to make counties in the breaststroke today,” Brierley said. “After he touched the wall and looked up at the scoreboard, Joey had a look of joy and surprise as he made the cut and went a best time, dropping 2.5 seconds from his previous best time. The captains appreciate Joey’s hard work and commitment to swimming that contributes to the team’s success.”

Badilla also swam the first leg of the winning 200 medley relay, along with East Hampton’s Ethan McCormac and fellow Pierson swimmers Ryan Duryea and Colin Harrison. Duryea won the 50 freestyle in 23.37 seconds and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay. Badilla’s younger brother, Nicky, finished second in the 200 freestyle in 2:10.06, while Pierson’s Conor Flanagan was second in the 500 freestyle in 6:29.76.

East Hampton will host its next two meets, which together should determine this year’s league champion. Hauppauge, last year’s league champion, will travel to the YMCA RECenter in East Hampton on Thursday, January 10, and Sayville/Bayport will come to town on Monday, with both meets starting at 5 p.m.