Marina Preiss qualified for the state meet in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races at Saturday’s county swim meet, finishing second by a fraction of a second in both events.
It is the fourth year in the past five that Preiss, who is to swim at San Diego State, a Division 1 school, come next fall, has qualified for the state meet, which this year is to be held at Ithaca College over the Nov. 22-23 weekend.
Going into the county meet, which was held at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood, Preiss had qualified for the 100, but not for the 50. She did in the latter that day, finishing behind Harborfields’ Nina Lesser (24.25) in 24.68 seconds.
In the 100, Preiss, at 52.72, was the runner-up to Babylon’s Julianne Koch (52.55). Lesser was third, in 53.76.
John McGeehan, East Hampton’s coach, took eight girls with him to the countys, and the team wound up in ninth place among the 26 schools.
East Hampton’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams each placed seventh, the 200 team of Morgan German, Shannon Ryan, Cecilia De Havenon, and Preiss in a season-best 1:47.12. The 400 team, comprising De Havenon, Lindsey Stevens, Lilah Minetree, and Preiss, finished in 3:56.22.
Other season-bests were turned in by De Havenon (2:04.75) in the 200 freestyle, good for 11th; German (1:06.57) in the 100 butterfly, good for 22nd, and Stevens (1:07.36) in the 100 backstroke, good for 22nd. De Havenon placed 15th in that race, in 1:04.80.
McGeehan is losing nine seniors to graduation — Preiss, German, Stevens, Shannon Ryan, Caley Serin, Olivia Bono, Lily Goldman, Serrana Mattiauda, and Kyra Daniels — but will have a strong core (who undoubtedly will come back all the stronger because of their off-season work with the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s Hurricanes swim team) returning next fall.