Thomas Brierley and Trevor Mott, the first members of East Hampton High School’s boys swimming team ever to qualify for state meet competition, did well at this past weekend’s open meet at Webster-Schroeder High School outside Rochester.
Brierley, who won Suffolk’s 100-yard backstroke championship in a time of 54.33 seconds, placed 14th among the public high school contestants by swimming a personal best 54.23 in the final. A fellow Suffolk swimmer, whom he had bested in the county final, edged him out by swimming a 54.00. “Otherwise, in addition to all-county, Thomas would have been all-Long Island too,” said Thomas’s father, and the team’s coach, Craig Brierley.
Mott, who did not qualify for the 500 freestyle final, nevertheless acquitted himself well, swimming a 4:53.72 in the preliminaries, which resulted in a ranking of 25th among the public high school competitors. Mott’s time was not a personal best, but very close to the 4:52.30 he swam at the end of the season, which qualified him for the states.
It was a banner year for Bonac’s boys team, which, with only three seniors, finished second to Sayville-Bayport in league competition and reaped more postseason honors than it ever has. Besides Brierley and Mott, who were named to the all-county team, the following were all-league selections: Shane McCann in the 50-yard freestyle; Thomas Brierley in the 200 free; Brierley, Mott, Chris Kalbacher, and McCann in the 200 medley relay; Robert Anderson, Thomas Paradiso, Alex Astilean, and McCann in the 200 free relay, and Rob Rewinski, Astilean, Mott, and Brierley in the 400 free relay.