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Oct 3, 2017 1:54 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Things Looking Up For East Hampton Girls Swimming Team, But Coach Tempers Expectations

East Hampton's Angie Jeffrey CAROLINA SWANSON
Oct 3, 2017 1:54 PM

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls swim team is off to a 3-0 start after a 102-63 victory over Hauppauge on Monday evening at the East Hampton YMCA.

Moreover, the team is in line to possibly win the League III title—but head coach Craig Brierley said he isn’t looking past any of his team’s upcoming competitors.

East Hampton’s next opponent, Stony Brook, is 0-2 in league meets, but Harborfields, whom the Lady Bonackers will host on Wednesday, October 18, at 5 p.m., was 2-0 as of Tuesday morning.

“The 3-0 aspect is nice, but we are focused on our daily routine and trying to get a little better each day,” Brierley said. “Our next challenge will be Stony Brook next week, and we are looking forward to it.”

East Hampton had two matches last week. The Lady Bonackers defeated West Babylon, 83-73, at Deer Park High School on Thursday, September 28, and suffered a 92-76 loss to Ward Melville in a non-league match on September 26.

East Hampton won the majority of the swimming events against West Babylon. The winners were: East Hampton sophomores Sophia Swanson (200-meter freestyle) and Olivia Brabant (500-meter free), Pierson freshman Kiara Bailey-Williams (200-meter individual medley), East Hampton freshman Gabby Orson (50-meter free), East Hampton senior Isabella Swanson (100-meter butterfly), and East Hampton junior Emma Wiltshire (100-meter free).

East Hampton also won the 200-meter medley relay.

East Hampton freshman Nicole Gutierrez was named Swimmer of the Meet by the team’s captains. She competed in three different events and had a personal best in her 100-meter freestyle portion of the 400-meter freestyle relay (1:10.71).

“Due to the quality of our swimmers and our team’s depth, West Babylon did not match up in any event,” Coach Brierley said. “We were able to use this as an opportunity to challenge many of our swimmers with different events, and we were also able to have many of the girls swim additional events to what they were accustomed to.

“Our girls took on their respective challenges admirably,” he added.

Sophia Swanson and East Hampton sophomore Julia Brierley picked up victories in the 200-meter free and 100-meter breaststroke against Ward Melville, a strong League II team, which won the majority of the events.

“Thus far, Ward Melville is promising to be one of—if not the—top team in the county, so we were excited for the challenge,” Coach Brierley said. “Our girls competed very well, and there were many close races. However, Ward Melville had too many overall event winners, and we could not hang on in the end.”

Bridgehampton senior Jade Maldonaldo was selected by the team’s captains as the Swimmer of the Meet.

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