It was a good first experience for East Hampton sophomore Ethan McCormac at the New York State Swimming Championships earlier this month, but he hopes it’s just a taste of much more to come.
McCormac competed in the 100-yard freestyle at the Nassau Aquatic Center in East Meadow on March 3 and 4, finishing in 49.29 seconds, just 0.5 seconds slower than his personal-best time, which he set a few weeks back at counties.
Tyler Hill, a senior from Horace/Greeley (Section I-Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester), won the event with a time of 44.53 seconds. McCormac’s time placed 51st out of the 55-swimmer field.
But the result is less important than McCormac being there to compete, and what it says about the future.
“As a sophomore, we are looking forward to the possibility of two more years of state-level performances for him,” East Hampton coach Craig Brierley said of McCormac.
Brierley noted that Section XI (Suffolk County) took first place among the state’s public schools with 678 points, 94 ahead of second-place Section I.
“It was a great experience and a very fast meet,” he said. “Long Island swimming—and East Hampton swimming—is going strong, with a bright future for our sport in both the boys and girls programs.”
McCormac earned All-County honors for his efforts in the 100 free this season. He was also All-League in the 200-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle, and part of East Hampton’s 400-yard freestyle relay team, which also garnered All-League honors. Owen McCormac, Aidan Forst and Christian Brierley joined him on that squad.
Christian Brierley, Ethan McCormac, Ryan Duryea and T.J. Calabrese were All-League in the 200-yard medley relay. Christian Brierley was also All-league in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.