The East Hampton High School boys swimming team acquitted itself very well in Saturday’s county meet at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood, finishing seventh among Suffolk’s 17 teams — and fifth absent the diving points that two of its league rivals, West Islip and Sayville, garnered.
In his emailed account, East Hampton’s coach, Craig Brierley, reported that just about everyone he took turned in season-best performances.
Trevor Mott, who had already qualified for the state meet in the 200 and 500 freestyle races, placed fifth in the county 200 and fifth in the 500, tallying 28 points for the team.
His fellow senior captain, Thomas Brierley, who had already qualified for the states in the 100 backstroke, and who placed fourth in that event Saturday, in a season-best 54.37, tried mightily to qualify for the states in the 100 free, but fell a fraction of a second short on his 400 relay leg. The qualifying time was 48.76 seconds; Thomas’s time was 48.97.
“While he was disappointed,” the elder Brierley said of his son, “he understood that he could hold his head high, knowing that he had given it his all at that moment.”
In other events, Thomas Brierley placed third in the 100 free, in 49.15; the 400 relay team placed fourth, in 3:26.72; the 200 medley relay team placed fifth, and the 200 freestyle relay team placed sixth, in 1:36.27, as one of its members, Rob Rewinski, swam a personal best 50 split of 24.26.
Craig Brierley reported further that Shane McCann, “who has been sick for the better part of the season,” posted a personal best 50 split of 22.73 in the 200 medley relay; that Robert Anderson “was right at his best time” in the 200 individual medley; that Chris Kalbacher turned in a season-best time of 1:02.03 and Rewinski a personal best 59.09, good for 13th, in the 100 butterfly; that T.J. Paradiso “stayed right at his best time” in the 100 free, and that, in the 100 back, “all three entrants — Thomas Brierley, Christian Brierley, and Anthony McGorisk — posted best times.”