Sports Briefs 05.15.14

Local sports notes

T-Ball
    Mark McKee’s Kiwanis-sponsored T-ball instructional program for boys and girls ages 5 to 8 is to begin at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton this Saturday at 9 a.m. The program will run for six weeks, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. each Saturday. McKee said those with questions can call him at 324-7414.

Wrestlers
    Three East Hampton High School wrestlers, Lucas Escobar, Axel Alanis, and Ben Hallissey, have qualified for the national Greco-Roman and freestyle tournament in Fargo, N.D., to be held the third week in July.

    The trio, as well as Luciano Escobar, George Calderon, and others from East Hampton, have been working with Lester Ware, Southampton High’s coach, who oversees an off-season club in Southampton.

    At the New York State Greco-Roman and freestyle tournament in Binghamton last weekend, Alanis, a 195-pounder, won in Greco-Roman and finished third in freestyle, Lucas Escobar placed fourth in both competitions, and Hallissey placed third in Greco-Roman.

    “I love having those kids from East Hampton,” said Ware.

Rugby Game
    The Montauk Rugby Club is to play a friendly with the White Plains R.C. at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday at 1 p.m.

Synchro Swans
    Marina Preiss and Greer Costello have qualified for the synchronized swimming national championship meet to be held in Seattle in June.

    At the Region B championship meet in Yonkers this past weekend, Preiss won the 13-and-over solo competition and was the runner-up in the figure division. Costello won the 11-to-12-year-old group’s solo competition and was the runner-up in figures.

    Also in the 11-12 competition, Evvy Rattray and Costello placed fourth in duet, “by an extremely narrow margin,” said the Synchro Swans’ coach, Meg Preiss.

    Preiss added that Vanesa Betancur, Ruby Talmage, and Diana Winthrop placed fifth in the 16-17 trio competition, that Winthrop placed fifth in 13-15 solo, and that Betancur and Winthrop placed seventh in 13-15 duet.

    Further, the coach said Costello “has had a banner year. She went to the national team tryouts in Walnut Creek, Calif., in February, and while she did not make the top 20, her performance and potential was noticed. She’s one of 18 swimmers who have been invited to attend the national team camp in California in July. She’s the first swimmer from the East End to advance so high in the selection process.”