The East Hampton High School boys swimming team left Harborfields far in its wake at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s pool on Jan. 15.
The reported score was 91-74, though the Bonackers, coached by Craig Brierley and Brian Cunningham, “exhibitioned,” which is to say forwent points, in some events.
Afterward, Brierley said in an email account that “going into the meet we knew we had a good chance to win, so I had some fun with the boys, having a number of them swim out of their comfort zones.”
“When Henry Whitney heard he would do the 200 free, he said, ‘But I only do 50s.’ Rob Rewinski and Tyler Menold did the 200 individual medley, which they usually don’t do, Caleb Atkinson-Barnes made his debut in the 50 free, and Thomas Ludacer, who’s new to the sport, was also entered in the 50 free after having worked hard over the past weeks to develop a flip turn, which was a prerequisite to his competing in a meet. A lot of boys would have given up and left the team when told that, but Thomas persisted and finally earned a spot in the lineup.”
“Some other highlights from this meet: Thomas Brierley’s team-record 56.90 in the 100 butterfly and our sweep in that event with Thomas, Kyle Sturmann, and Chris Kalbacher; T.J. Calabrese’s dropping 18 seconds on his 500 freestyle time, and Joe Gengarelly’s dropping 2.6 seconds in the 100 breaststroke. Win or lose, the boys continue to step up, accept the challenges, and give their maximum effort, 100 percent.”
It was East Hampton’s first league meet win versus two losses, to Hauppauge and West Islip, the league’s top two teams (although, absent diving, East Hampton would have won the West Islip meet).
The team is to finish out the regular season with North Babylon (away Tuesday), Deer Park (home today), Huntington (here Monday), and Sayville-Bayport (home Wednesday). As of Tuesday, North Babylon was 0-3 in League II, Deer Park was 1-3, Huntington was 0-3, and Sayville-Bayport was 3-1. Barring disaster then, a winning season beckons.