A handsome trophy and medals galore were on display at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett Friday night as the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s youth swim team’s members and their parents celebrated the team’s highest-ever finish (third) at a New York State meet.
“The best we’d ever done before was sixth,” said the team’s head coach, Tom Cohill, who has been overseeing the Hurricanes for the past decade, and who added that East Hampton’s traveling squad of 39 (23 girls and 16 boys) was about half the size of a number of the teams, including the front-runners, at Ithaca. There are about 75 to 80 Hurricanes in all.
Among East Hampton’s winners at Ithaca were Trevor Mott, in the 15-to-18-year-old boys 200 and 500 freestyle races; Georgie Bogetti, in the 13-14 girls 200 and 500; Catalina Badilla, in the 9-10 girls 50 free, 100 individual medley, and 100 free; Chasen Dubs, in the 11-12 boys 50 and 100 freestyle races and in the 200 individual medley, and Fernando Menjura, in the 9-10 boys 50 and 100.
Moreover, the 9-10 East Hampton boys’ squad was a first-place winner, and its 11-12 boys and girls and its 13-14 girls were state runners-up.
Cohill had the help upstate of several assistants, Annette MacNiven, Craig Brierley, and Jenna Rocker, “the first person I ever coached here.”
In other Hurricane news, four of its swimmers — Mott, Thomas Brierley, Bogetti, and Maggie Purcell — are to compete this coming week in the national Y meet in Greensboro, N.C., where, said Cohill, “all the events are open, not separated into age groups,” and Badilla and Dubs are to represent Metropolitan swimming at the zone championships this weekend in Rochester.
“I’ve taken four competitors to the nationals before, but as a relay team, not as individuals,” said Cohill, adding that Mott would do the 100, 200, and 500 freestyle races, that Bogetti would do the 200 and 500 free, that Brierley would do the 100 and 200 backstroke, and that Purcell, who swam in the girls 13-14 division in the state meet, would do the 200 breaststroke.
Mott, Brierley, Bogetti, and Purcell are among 10 Hurricanes who have since November been improving their strength and flexibility at Ari Weller’s Philosofit fitness studio across the street from the Y.
“He’s been working on their strength, their flexibility, their speed, and their mobility and functionality,” said Cohill. “A typical week for them includes about 15 hours in the pool and 4 hours working out at Philosofit and [Alex Astilean’s] Speed Fit.”
Still further, two former Hurricanes, Skye Qi Marigold, who swims for Connecticut College, and Maddie Minetree, who swims for Rollins, competed in the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships in Indianapolis this past weekend, as members of relay teams.