Marina Preiss, an East Hampton High School sophomore, qualified this past weekend at the county girls swimming championships for the state meet in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races.
Preiss won the 50, in 24.58 seconds, and was second in the 100, in 52.96. The state meet is to be held this weekend at Erie Community College in Buffalo.
Bettering her division meet time by nine seconds, Dana Cebulski, East Hampton High’s freshman phenom, placed fifth in the county Class B girls race at Sunken Meadow State Park Friday, a finish that enabled her to become the first female runner from Bonac ever to advance to the state meet in the sport, whose program was begun here in 1991.
Also as a result, she was named to the all-county second team, another “first.”
The East Hampton High School girls swimming team placed third in the league meet at Hauppauge High School Friday, behind Sayville-Bayport-Blue Point and Harborfields, a result with which Bonac’s coach, John McGeehan, was not displeased, though absent the diving — an event in which East Hampton does not compete — the girls would have been in first place following the seventh event, the 100-yard freestyle.
East Hampton High’s girls and boys volleyball teams were ousted from the playoffs this past week, though they went grudgingly, not gently, into the off-season.
On Monday here, Danny Weaver’s boys team went the distance with Sayville, a team it had beaten twice before, before losing 26-24 in the fifth.
My sister said the other night that she was feeling a bit low, and attributed the feeling to “the changing seasons.”
I commiserated, saying I too felt a certain sadness this time of year, what with everything that had once been green and flourishing falling into the sere, the yellow leaf. And then, adding to the atmospherics, I began to hum a few bars of “Autumn Leaves.”