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10 Swimmers at Y Nationals

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 15:57
Everyone in the Hurricanes’ delegation to the national Y swim meet was in the Greensboro (N.C.) Aquatics Center’s pools from April 1 through April 5.

Tom Cohill, who coaches the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s youth swim team, the Hurricanes, said this week that the 10 competitors — six boys and four girls — he’d recently taken to the national Y swim meet in Greensboro, N.C., a meet that numbered 1,400 contestants, had done quite well.

“I was very proud of them. . . . Our girls 200 medley relay team — Julia Brierley, Jane Brierley, Sophia Swanson, and Oona Foulser — swam its best time, and Jane Brierley swam her best time, 2:24.48, in the 200 breaststroke. Sophia was solid in the 100 butterfly, as was Ethan [McCormac] in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle races.”

Julia Brierley, Cohill added, had swum in 100 backstroke and breaststroke events, and the boys 200 free relay team of Ethan McCormac, Owen McCormac, Aidan Forst, and Ryan Duryea “had a great swim.”

East Hampton also entered a 200 medley relay team — Joey Badilla, Jack Duryea, Ethan McCormac, and Ryan Duryea. 

Ethan McCormac’s 28th-place finish in the 50 free was East Hampton’s best. He was 38th in the 100 free, and 41st in the 200 free.

“We probably were up there when it came to the number of competitors we brought vis-a-vis our size,” said Cohill. “Ten’s the most we’ve ever taken to nationals.”

And, presumably, because of the popularity of youth swimming here, that number will continue to grow.

Of the high school seniors on his team, three — Ethan McCormac, Ryan Duryea, and João Delgado — intend to swim in college, said Cohill, who added that Hurricane tryouts and practices are to begin at the Y on Monday. 

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