John McGeehan, who coaches East Hampton High School’s girls swimming team, said following Friday’s meet here with Sayville-Bayport that he had been impressed with his team’s performance in the absence of its all-state freestyler, Marina Preiss, who had been away on a recruiting trip at San Diego State.
“With Marina there, I think we might have squeaked it out,” said McGeehan, “but while we lost we certainly didn’t roll over.”
Among East Hampton’s winners that day were Lilah Minetree, a senior, in the 50 and 100 freestyle races; Cecilia De Havenon, a ninth grader, in the 200 freestyle; Isabella Swanson, an eighth grader, in the 100 butterfly, and Marikate Ryan, a ninth grader, in the 100 backstroke.
McGeehan said De Havenon’s race was “the best I’ve ever seen. She won out in the last five strokes, in 2 minutes and 5.65 seconds, a county qualifying time.”
“Lilah had an outstanding meet,” he continued. “She anchored the 200 medley relay, which was second, won the 50 free in 26.44 and the 100 free in 58.06, both personal records, and swam on the 400 free relay team, which was second. Her 100 time qualified her for the county meet.”
Ryan’s 1:08.6 in the 100 backstroke “was a p.r. for her this year, just a second off the county qualifying time, and Lindsey Stevens, who was second, also had a p.r. for this year.”
Ryan was the runner-up in the 200 individual medley, “three-one hundredths of a second off her personal best.”
Asked if Preiss had liked San Diego State, McGeehan said he had heard she did. “She’s also going to look at Nebraska,” said the coach, who, in reflecting on Friday’s meet, which East Hampton lost 97-72, said, “I’ll take five losses like this before a win.”
Two home meets remain, he said, the next being Monday with West Babylon.