Swimmers Improve to 3-0, Girls’, Boys’ Indoor Track Seasons Begin

The swimming score was officially listed as 77-73 in East Hampton’s favor
Danielle Futerman's coach, Yani Cuesta, thinks she's got a good shot at competing in the pole vault at the state meet, which is to be held this year on Staten Island. Jack Graves

The East Hampton High School boys swimming team improved its record to 3-0 with an easy league-opening win here over North Babylon on Dec. 13, and the indoor boys’ and girls’ track seasons are underway.

The swimming score was officially listed as 77-73 in East Hampton’s favor, though the home team “exhibitioned” in a number of events, including the 200 freestyle relay, the 100-yard backstroke, the 100-yard breaststroke, and the 400 free relay.

“We knew North Babylon didn’t have much depth, which gave us a chance to move our kids around, to get them out of their comfort zones,” Craig Brierley, East Hampton’s coach, said.

Brierley’s son, Christian, a senior who had already qualified for the county meet in the 50 free, the 100 back, and as a member of the 200 medley relay team, qualified for the countys as well in the 100 breaststroke on the 13th.

Jack Duryea, a Pierson eighth grader, was named as swimmer of the meet by the captains (Brierley, Andrew Wilson, and Dylan Feit) for having forgone a chance to qualify for the countys in his specialty, the 100 breaststroke, in order to swim the demanding 500 freestyle in place of Kevin Weiss, who was injured.

“We’re looking good,” the elder Brierley said. “The kids are bonding really well, they have nice personalities, and we’ve got solid leaders, for sure.”

Brierley did not expect to have an easy time of it Tuesday at Huntington. “We’ll have to give up diving points there, but we’ve still got a chance,” he said during a telephone conversation Monday evening.

The girls indoor track team was to have competed in a crossover meet at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood Saturday, but Yani Cuesta, East Hampton’s coach, said it was postponed “because they had more snow than we did up the Island.”

Nevertheless, the girls already have two meets under their belts, meets in which Danielle Futerman, a senior pole vaulter, Vanessa Hammond, a senior hurdler and pole vaulter, Hannah Tuma, a Pierson sophomore who’s new to the shot-put, Caroline Jungck, a Pierson sophomore long-distance runner, Molly Mamay, a freshman hurdler, Ashley Peters, a freshman sprinter, Liana Paradiso, a junior long-distance runner, and Zoe Leach, a freshman 600 runner, have impressed.

“It should be an interesting season,” said Cuesta, whose team, especially given the recent departures of E. Bistrian and Lina Bistrian, juniors who have decided to play travel-team field hockey and lacrosse in the hopes of winning college scholarships, is young.

Futerman, she said, probably had the best chance of making the state meet. “She’s looking really strong,” Cuesta said of the former gymnast. “She’s been training with a guy in Ronkonkoma when she can. She’s done 10-0 outdoors, though not indoors yet. If she finishes first or second among the 12 competitors in the state qualifier, she’ll go.”

Ben Turnbull, who has replaced Bill Herzog as the boys indoor track team’s coach, said in an email that “we’ve got a small team, about 18 — mostly freshmen, sophomores, and a few juniors, no seniors. . . . Though we’re small, we have real potential for big things down the line.”

As for recent performances, Turnbull, who is assisted by Mike Buquicchio, cited Robert Weiss’s 7.01 in the 55-meter dash, Ryan Fowkes’s 4:56 in the 1,600 and 2:49 in the 1,000, Geo Espinoza’s 4:55 in the 1,600 and 2:51 in the 1,000, and Matthew Maya’s 9.75 in the 55 hurdles and 5-3 in the high jump.