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Sep 11, 2018 10:11 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Strong Showing Against Tough Team In First Swim Meet Of Season For Lady Bonackers

Sep 11, 2018 11:22 AM

Sometimes a loss can feel like a win, and that’s exactly what happened for the East Hampton varsity girls swim team in its season-opening 93-88 defeat at Connetquot on September 7, in a non-league meet.

East Hampton’s varsity program has steadily made the climb from respectable to formidable in recent years, and when it takes on powerhouse teams like Connetquot—which finished second at the Suffolk County meet last season—it shows. Connetquot’s victory last week came courtesy of its diving team, which captured 13 points for the squad, taking advantage of the fact that East Hampton does not have any divers (because its home pool, the East Hampton YMCA, does not have diving boards). In the swimming events, the Lady Bonackers, who finished sixth in the county last season, had the edge.

Several Bonac swimmers qualified for the Suffolk County (state qualifier) meet—which takes place after the regular season—by making or going under the cut times in their events. Sophia Swanson qualified in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly; Oona Foulser qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyle races; Caroline Brown qualified in the 100 backstroke; and Jane Brierley qualified in the 100 breaststroke. East Hampton also saw its 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relay teams make the qualifying standard as well.

Brown, Foulser, Brierley, Stephanie Pallchisaca, Camryn Hatch, Margaret Breen and Alyssa Brabant all recorded personal-best times in one or more events at the meet as well. Hatch, an eighth-grader, was named Swimmer of the Meet by her teammates for competing in four events in what was her first varsity meet.

Swanson won a pair of events against Connetquot, taking first in both the 200 IM (2:21.87) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.19). Foulser won the 50 free in 26.62 seconds; Brown won the 100 backstroke in 1:07.18; and Brierley won the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.34. East Hampton’s 200 medley relay team of Brown, Brierley, Swanson and Foulser was first in 1:57.15.

The Lady Bonackers were set to take on another tough team—defending county champion Ward Melville—on Thursday, September 13, at 5 p.m. at Ward Melville’s home pool.

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