The East Hampton High School boys swimming team finished fourth in the League II meet at Hauppauge Friday, and its coach, Craig Brierley, hopes to do at least as well in the county meet at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood this Saturday.
At the leagues, Trevor Mott, one of the senior captains, won the 500 and was the runner-up, by the length of a fingernail, in the 200 freestyle. His 200 time qualified him for the state meet in that event.
Mott’s fellow senior and captain, Thomas Brierley, won the 100 backstroke, an event whose state-qualifying time he’d already met, and placed third in the 200 individual medley, “behind the two fastest kids in the state,” according to the elder Brierley.
East Hampton’s 200 medley relay team, with Christian Brierley doing the backstroke, Mott doing the breaststroke, Rob Rewinski doing the butterfly, and Thomas Brierley swimming the anchor freestyle leg, placed second. With Shane McCann, that team’s customary anchor, absent because of an illness, Craig Brierley replaced him with his elder son and had his younger one lead off.
Mott then turned around and swam in the aforementioned 200 free, losing out by .06 at the wall.
Mott and Brierley, who will try to qualify for the states in the 100 freestyle this weekend, will represent East Hampton for the second year in a row at the state meet, which is to be held at Webster-Schroeder High School outside Rochester over the Feb. 28-March 2 weekend. Last year, Brierley placed 14th in the state backstroke in 54.23 seconds, and Mott placed was 25th in the 500 free.
In other league meet results, the 400 freestyle relay team of Alex Astilean, T.J. Paradiso, Mott, and Thomas Brierley placed second in a season-best 3:25.96, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Rob Anderson, Rewinski, Astilean, and Tyler Menold placed third.
Moreover, Rewinski placed fourth in the 100 butterfly and Anderson placed fourth in the 100 free.
East Hampton, as aforesaid, finished in fourth place, with 196 points — a slight disappointment, though it received no points for diving — behind Hauppauge (300 points), Sayville (226), and West Islip (209). It’s been another banner year for the team, which, with a 5-2 record, finished third in League II, behind Hauppauge and West Islip.
Last year, the Bonackers were the runners-up to Sayville — a team they recently defeated in a very exciting meet at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter — in league competition.
But, aside from wins and losses and times, Craig Brierley, who is in his second year as the head varsity coach, was most impressed, he said, by the fact that his team had received Section XI’s sportsmanship award. “Ever since I began coaching four years ago, I’ve wondered what you have to do to win that award, which, more than anything, reflects my philosophy. At every meet the officials and coaches are asked to rate teams as to their sportsmanship. They made the announcement at the meet Saturday after the diving.”
“Our whole program, including the Y.M.C.A.’s club team, the lifeguard program, the Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad, the parents who volunteer as timers and scorers at our meets, and our fans who cheer the kids on share in this,” Brierley added. “I haven’t seen anything that compares to our ‘swimming family’ at any of our competitors’ pools.”
As for Saturday’s times, Thomas Brierley’s 22.24 freestyle leg in the 200 medley relay was a personal best, as was Mott’s 1:47.49 in the 200 free.
Anderson’s 53.40 in the 100 free was a personal best too, as were Rewinski’s 200 free relay leg of 24.48; Menold’s 23.54 in the 200 freestyle relay and his 1:10.90 in the 100 breaststroke; Anthony McGorisk’s 1:02.16 in the 100 backstroke; T.J. Calabrese’s 5:42.38 in the 500; Paradiso’s 2:23.72 in the 200 I.M. and his 52.95 leg in the 400 free relay, and Caleb Atkinson-Barnes’s 2:13.53 in the 200 freestyle.
Brierley said 16 or so of his swimmers had qualified for the county meet.