East Hampton’s Girls Teams Are in the Swim This Fall

This was about as close as the Whalers were to come to scoring in the second half. Jack Graves

    The East Hampton High School girls swimming team, which has on it eight seniors, nine sophomores, seven ninth graders, and four eighth graders — Isabella Swanson, Lauren German, Lucy Emptage, and Vanesa Betancur — began the season with a solid win at Lindenhurst Friday.

    John McGeehan, the coach, said that his charges won every event except for the breaststroke.

    Those winners were Lilah Minetree, in the 200 freestyle, MariKate Ryan, in the 200 individual medley, Marina Preiss, in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, Morgan German, in the 100 butterfly, Cecilia De Havenon, in the 500 free, Lindsey Stevens, in the 100 backstroke, and the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. The 200 team comprised Stevens, Shannon Ryan, Morgan German, and Preiss; the 400 team was made up of German, De Havenon, Minetree, and Preiss.

    De Havenon and MariKate Ryan are ninth graders; Minetree and Shannon Ryan are sophomores, and Preiss, German, and Stevens are seniors. Last year, Preiss was fifth in the New York State meet in the 50 — in 24.42 — and ninth in the 100 — in 52.90.

    Also on Friday, the Pierson High School field hockey team, a Class C competitor, came to East Hampton looking for a nonleague win over its Class B neighbor, and, judging from the second half alone, during which 20 penalty corner plays were awarded the Whalers, it probably ought to have got it.

    But the Bonackers, whose overall record improved to 3-1 as a result of that day’s action, wound up winning 4-2, thanks to three goals in the first half and one, by Amanda Calabrese, in the final minutes of the second, during which East Hampton’s junior goalie, Leonella Acevedo, who was credited with 12 saves that afternoon, shut the Whalers out.

    Pierson, which is led by Kasey Gilbride, one of the best players in the county, trailed 3-2 at halftime. By the break, Sophia DePasquale, Mary Nolan, and Francesca Keogh had scored for the Bonackers and Gilbride had tallied two for Pierson.

    “We dominated play in the first half,” Robyn Mott, East Hampton’s coach, said, “just as they did in the second, though we didn’t have nearly as many corner plays.”

    Pierson’s route to the playoffs will be far easier than East Hampton’s, which must finish among the top three of the seven B teams in order to make the postseason, whereas three for the four Cs — the others being Hampton Bays, Port Jefferson, and Greenport-Southold — will go.

    Turning to other girls sports, the tennis team, coached by Michelle Kennedy, has been looking very good, with only a 7-0 loss to William Floyd, the fourth-ranked team on Long Island, marring an otherwise perfect record as of Monday.

    The team’s wins have come by 6-1 scores over Westhampton Beach, Eastport-South Manor, and the Ross School, and by a 5-2 margin over McGann-Mercy. Monday the girls defeated East Islip, a nonleague opponent, 4-3.

    The Floyd loss Friday was not an utter sweep: Maggie Pizzo lost a three-setter at fourth singles, and East Hampton’s first and second doubles teams of Daniella Dunphy and Gillian Neubert and Lily Kot and Cece Combemale also lost in three.

    Kennedy has Carly Grossman, a senior, playing number-one; Isabel Peters, a Pierson ninth grader, at number-two; Maddie Aldrich, a junior, at third singles, and, as aforesaid, Pizzo, a senior, at four.

    Neubert and Dunphy, both seniors, were the conference champions last fall and were county finalists. Two other Pierson students, Kot, who’s a ninth grader, and Combemale, a sophomore, are paired at second doubles. Kennedy mixes and matches at third doubles. Melanie Schwagerl, Cosi Schelfhout, Makenzie Scheerer, Sabrina Re, Evan Johnson, and Julia Talasko have all taken turns at playing there.

    In the match against Ross, Grossman, Peters, and Pizzo won in straight sets, though Aldrich, at third singles, lost 6-3, 7-6 to Rory Gallaher. Dunphy-Neubert defeated Kendall Scala and Sofia Viotti 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 at first doubles; Kot and Combemale defeated Hannah Dayton and Amanda Mintz 6-3, 7-5 at two, and Schelfhout and Talasko defeated Daisy Gallaher and Livia Azevedo 6-3, 6-0 at three.

    Abbey Okin, who used to top East Hampton’s lineup, but who has since transferred to Ross, was expected to be Ross’s number-one once she received the okay from Section XI, Kennedy said.

Marina Preiss, who placed fifth in the 50 free and ninth in the 100 free in the state meet last year, won both events and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay team at Lindenhurst Friday. Jaci Winthrop
Carly Grossman not only plays number-one for East Hampton, but is a National Merit Scholarship finalist too. Jack Graves