Marina Preiss led the way for the East Hampton High School girls swimming team at the league meet in Hauppauge Friday, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle races and anchoring the winning 200 freestyle relay team.
The latter race, said East Hampton’s coach, John McGeehan, “was the most exciting one of the day. When Marina left the blocks she was almost a full body length behind the Sayville and Harborfields girls, and she out-touched them at the end.”
East Hampton’s time was 1 minute and 47.62 seconds; Sayville’s was 1:47.65, and Harborfields’ was 1:48.02.
“It was the best they’ve ever done,” McGeehan said of his 200 team, which, besides Preiss, included Morgan German, Shannon Ryan, and Cecilia De Havenon.
Preiss, who had already qualified for the state meet in the event, won the 100 free in 53.95. Lilah Minetree was fourth, in 57.73, and De Havenon was fifth, in 58.85. All those times, said McGeehan, were personal records.
Preiss won the 50 in 24.97 — she still has yet to qualify for the states in this event — and Minetree “p.r.’d” with a 26.54, good for fourth place and a lane in the county 50.
German’s season-best 1:07.70 in the 100 butterfly qualified her for the county meet in that event. Isabella Swanson, who was seventh — German was fifth — had already qualified for the counties in the butterfly.
De Havenon was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle, in 2:06.52. Marikate Ryan, East Hampton’s best 200 individual medley performer, was disqualified, though McGeehan said during a conversation Monday that he still had yet to learn why. Ryan, he added, had already qualified for the county meet in the event.
In other events, the 200 medley relay team finished fourth; the 400 freestyle relay team was third; Lindsey Stevens was fifth in the 100 backstroke; Swanson was sixth in the 500 free, and Shannon Ryan was eighth in the 100 breaststroke.
McGeehan said he’ll take eight swimmers — Preiss, German, Shannon and Marikate Ryan, De Havenon, Swanson, Minetree, and Stevens — to the county meet this Saturday at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood.
Preiss, he said, is expected to repeat as the winner in the 50 and 100 freestyle races. It would be her last chance to qualify for the states in the 50. “I think she will,” the coach said.
East Hampton, with 230 points, finished third among the league’s six teams, behind Harborfields (357 points) and Sayville (318), and ahead of Huntington (172), Hauppauge (96), and West Babylon (78).