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Jan 18, 2019 9:53 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East Hampton Boys Swimming Goes Undefeated, Wins First Ever League II Regular-Season Title

Ethan McCormac DREW BUDD
Jan 22, 2019 6:21 AM

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys swim team capped off its best regular season in its 10-year team history when it won, 55-45, at West Islip on Wednesday night. Not only did the victory secure sole possession of the League II regular-season title, but the Bonackers finished the season undefeated at 7-0 in league, 9-0 overall. The league title and undefeated record are both firsts for the program.

“The coaches are so happy for the boys and what they have accomplished, doing something that no other Bonac boys swim team has been able to do,” East Hampton head coach Craig Brierley said. “We are also impressed in how they have grown in character, strengthened their team culture, and support and push each other every day; all important skills they will need as they prepare for the next challenge, the league championship meet.”

The League II Championships are scheduled for Thursday, January 31, at Hauppauge High School at 4:15 p.m. Host Hauppauge, which finished just behind East Hampton in the standings with a 6-1 record, is the reigning league champion.

While East Hampton was the favorite going into Wednesday night’s match at West Islip, the Lions have been a consistent competitive team. The fact that their pool only has four lanes takes away a bit of Bonac’s depth since it can only compete in two lanes as opposed to the usual three. East Hampton managed to still win the events it was expected to though. It went first/second in the 200-yard medley relay, won the next four individual events, and then went first/second in the 200-yard freestyle relay to enjoy a 46-29 lead. That was with West Islip already having seven points from diving which East Hampton does not compete in and has to concede in each match.

Pierson sophomore Fernando Menjura was named Swimmer of the Meet by team captains. Menjura suffered a knee injury at the start of the season and missed most of it before getting in the pool at West Islip for his first competition. He anchored the 200 medley relay and the captains felt they should reward Menjura for his hard work in getting back.

“[They wanted] to remind him that he is a part of the family and that they are thrilled to have him back,” Brierley said.

Aidan Forst added to the events he’s qualified for counties by winning the 200 free in 1:57.57.

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