By Gavin Menu
The East Hampton swim team, which features a handful of Pierson students in its ranks, won its first League II meet of the season, 91-74, over visiting Harborfields last Wednesday, January 15. The Bonackers improved to 1-2 as a result of the victory.
Head coach Craig Brierley knew the team would likely win the meet, so he had some “fun” with his line-up moments before the opening gun.
“The boys are unaware what event they are swimming until just before the meet so they need to process their reactions, deal with their nerves and sometimes their discomfort in a short amount of time,” Brierley said.
Pierson’s Caleb Atkinson-Barnes competed in his first-ever individual event, the 50-meter freestyle, and Thomas Ludacer competed in his first meet ever, racing in the 200-meter free relay.
“Early in the season I told Thomas, who never swam before, that until he is able to compete a 50-free with a flip turn, he can swim in a meet,” Brierley said. “There are a lot of boys that would have given up and left the team, but Thomas continued to come to practice and improve and because of his hard work and efforts he earned a spot in the line-up. It is extremely admirable what Thomas has done and continues to do as he works to get better.”
Other highlights from Pierson swimmers included Joe Gengarelly setting a personal best time of 31.31 in the 50-meter breaststroke as part of the 200 medley relay, and a personal best of 1:09:05 in the 100-meter breastroke.
Robert Rewinski swam a personal best 2:26.16 in the 200-meter individual medley.
Next up for the Bonackers is a meet at home on Monday, January 27, against Huntington at 4:30 p.m. The dual meet season will end on January 29 with a home meet against Sayville/Bayport at 5 p.m.