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WLNG
March 29, 2006

EH Hurricanes Excel In YMCA Championships



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The young swimmers were struck by the "Olympic-like" atmosphere of the championship meet. At top, backstroke competitors wait for the gun. (click for larger version)
The East Hampton YMCA swim team traveled to Buffalo to compete in the New York State YMCA Swim Championships the weekend of March 17-19 and despite it being only the team's second appearance in the event, the Hurricanes were able to make their mark by placing among the top in several different events.

One of the standouts for East Hampton was its eight and under girls team which finished second overall at the meet and took home an impressive plaque that will be displayed proudly on the YMCA wall for all to see.

The team consisted of Katie Brierley, Cassidy Walsh, Dana Cebulski, Katie DeCara, and Carly Drew and they competed in events including the 100, 50, and 25 freestyle and the backstroke.

"I knew that the eight and under girls were a real tough group of swimmers and I knew that they would do very well when we got to Buffalo," said East Hampton's head coach Tom Cohill. Cohill, along with assistant coaches Amanda Husslein, Julie Higgins, and Brian Cunninghan helped guide the Hurricanes to a superb showing regardless of the fact that East Hampton was one of the smallest teams competing in the 41-team meet.

"They're all [the assistant coaches] incredibly responsible for us having such a good outcome in the meets," Cohill said.

Tom Saglimbeni, 17, had a great showing, making it to the finals of the ultra-difficult 100-meters event on Sunday while Hanna Menelaws, a nine and 10-year old age group swimmer, placed in all of her events including the 100 freestyle, the 50 freestyle, and the 50 backstroke.

The Hurricanes 11 and 12 year-old girls relay team comprised of Mikayla Mott, Kirsten Brierley, Meghan DeCara, and Maddie Minetree also placed second on Sunday and the nine and 10-year old boys squad (Tom Brierley, Miles Blatt, Trevor Mott, and Teague Costello) also placed.

Jenna Rocker looked strong in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle events while teammate Mikayla Mott swam the 200 individual medleys, the 200 freestyle, and the 100 freestyle events. "I feel that they both did very well," said Cohill.

Several other East Hampton swimmers gave fine efforts in their NY YMCA meet appearances including Christian Brierley, Allison Lizars, Morgan German, Jake Taylor, Clara Jaquet, Adriel Reboh, and Yves Bourel.

"One of the goals that I had as a coach was to see one of our teams bring home another plaque, and our eight and under girls team made that possible," Cohill said. "I think with it being our second year in the meet, I was very impressed with everyone's effort. We're a much smaller team than many of the others, but we're still holding our own."

The Hurricanes will travel to Ireland on April 10 to compete in a special swim meet and The Independent will have full coverage of the event.

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