Young swimmers on the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s Hurricanes team set four state records at the Y state meet at Erie Community College in Buffalo this past weekend.
Georgie Bogetti, a 12-year-old seventh grader who is expected to move up to East Hampton High School’s girls team this fall, set three of them, two in the 11-to-12-year-old 200-yard freestyle — breaking her own record, set in Friday’s preliminaries, in the finals the next day — and in the girls 11-12 200 individual medley.
And Skye Marigold, who swam the backstroke, Mikayla Mott, who swam the breaststroke, Carly Drew, who swam the butterfly, and Maddie Minetree, who swam the freestyle, set a state record in Saturday’s open 200-yard medley relay.
Tom Cohill, the Hurricanes’ coach, who has been taking large contingents to the Y state meets since 2005 — this time he took 29 — said Tuesday morning that “this was, from a team standpoint, the best we’ve ever done — in terms of the way we competed and in the way we, the kids and the parents, supported one another. . . . Also, speaking of records, the weather up there was so warm!”
No better example of the solidarity that had so impressed him could be found, Cohill said, than in the person of Teague Costello, a 15-year-old Ross School student, whose parents, Bill and Johari, had met his plane from China at a city airport Friday night, and who, when it was announced sometime later that their flight to Buffalo had been canceled because of fog there, rented a car and drove overnight to that far-flung city, arriving just before Saturday morning’s events began.
“When he walked out onto the pool deck, at 6:40 a.m., his teammates, who were warming up in the pool, were so excited to see him,” said Cohill. “Everyone was. It was the greatest thing. Teague was fatigued of course — he was just happy to be there.”
The 200 medley relay team’s winning time of 1 minute, 51.44 seconds bested the 1:52.79 that Flushing’s team had swum in 2001. Bogetti, who by two-hundredths of a second missed setting another state record, in the 11-12 girls 100 freestyle preliminaries — a record that was set in 1982 — bettered with her 2:16.38 in the 200 individual medley the 2:16.78 Flushing’s Jennifer Arana swam in that event in 2009.
Bogetti, as aforesaid, set two records in the 200 free. Her winning time of 1:59.12 eclipsed the 2:01.18 that had stood for 30 years.
“Our 11 and 12-year-old girls placed third among their peers, and our 9-10 boys were fourth, missing out on third place by 4 points,” said Cohill. “In addition to the state records we had a number of firsts and great performances all around.”
East Hampton’s swimmers ranged in age from 8 (Caroline Brown and Jack Duryea) to 18 (Maddie Minetree, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday, Haley Ryan, and Mott).
Cohill said it was the first time the Y’s team had had high school seniors participate in “the senior walk.”
Marigold, who’s a junior, Mott, who’s a senior, Drew, who’s an eighth grader, and Minetree, who’s a senior, placed fourth in the open 200 freestyle relay. Thomas Brierley won the open 200-yard backstroke in 2:01.07. Chasen Dubs won three events for 9 and 10-year-olds — the 200 free, the 100 free, and the 50 fly.
Marigold won the mixed open 200 free time trial in 1:58.24. Drew won the 13-14 girls 100 butterfly in 1:01.16. Jack Duryea won the boys 8-and-under 25-yard breaststroke in 20.74, and was second in the 100 individual medley in 1:31.52. Drew placed second in the 13-14 girls 50 free in 25.66. The record in that event is held by East Hampton’s Marina Preiss, who swam a 24.61 last year.
Julia Brierley placed second in the 9-10 girls 100 individual medley in 1:16.02, and was second in the 50 back as well, in 34.67. The Hurricane 11-12 girls 200 freestyle relay team placed second in 1:51.81. Ryan Duryea was second in the 9-10 boys 50-yard breaststroke.
Marigold was third in the 15-18 girls 50 freestyle in 24.61, and, in the 9-10 boys 200 individual medley relay, Ryan Bahel, Jack Duryea (who was moved up), Dubs, and Ryan Duryea were sixth in 2:30.21.
Two meets remain, said Cohill — the Y Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., “the first week of April,” and the Suffolk Y meet at Sachem High School over the April 21-22 weekend.