Skye Marigold, who swims for Tom Cohill’s Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter Hurricanes team, has been named by U.S.A. Swimming as one of its scholastic All-Americans, a designation that takes into account swimming and scholastic achievements. Marigold is one of 1,000 female athletes nationwide to be so honored. Cohill said Marigold, who is a freestyler primarily, is the first Hurricane to be named an All-American.
“She’s actually the second All-American I’ve trained,” said Cohill, who is the Y’s aquatics director. “The other is Albert [Woods],” an octogenarian who has won multiple national age-group championships.
In other Hurricane news, eight of them — Marigold, Maddie Minetree, Lilah Minetree, Carly Drew, Teague Costello, Alex Astilean, Georgie Bogetti, and Thomas Brierley — are putting in extra hours of training in the Y’s pool from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. When the varsity girls season is over, they’ll add fitness training as well, from 4 to 5 on Mondays and Wednesdays at Alex Astilean Sr.’s Speedfit Studio on Newtown Lane in East Hampton.
Ruggers Win Again
The Montauk Rugby Club improved its Met Union Division II record to 6-0 and thus clinched a Northeast region playoff spot this past Saturday, trouncing Bayonne, N.J., 43-17 in an away game.
Charlie Collins reported that “Bayonne was arguably the toughest and most skilled team the Sharks have faced this season. . . . Led by the inspired play of our forwards, especially Mike Bunce and Jarrel Walker, we took the lead in the second half and never looked back.”
Those scoring tries for Montauk were Bunce (two), Gordon Trotter, Ricardo Salmeron, Hamish Cuthbertson, Nick Finazzo (a recent returnee), and Connor Miller. Trotter, the New Zealand-born fly half, made good on four of seven conversion kicks.
This Saturday, the Sharks are to play at 3-3 Rockaway, a side that’s moved up from Division III owing to its 6-1 record in 2010. The Sharks can clinch the division title with a win.
The East Hampton High School football team’s players will wear purple shoelaces and their coaches will wear purple shirts in the season finale here this Saturday with Miller Place as a way of calling attention to the Retreat and its efforts to prevent domestic violence and to protect the victims of it.
Bill Barbour, East Hampton’s head coach, has said that “the program is proud to team up with the Retreat to help raise awareness of this ever-present problem. . . . It is yet another way in which we can teach our players what it means to be a real man.”
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is to speak “on the importance of students participating in ending the cycle of domestic violence” at halftime.
In related news, the East Hampton-Springs junior high football team, at the instance of Burke Gonzalez, a defensive tackle and offensive guard, has been wearing pink socks in its games this season. The Springs School eighth grader said the money the players paid for the socks is to be donated to the Katy Stewart memorial scholarship fund.