December 13, 2006
East Hampton Swim Team: Success At Eisenhower
The East Hampton swim team competed in what head coach Tom Cohill described as "One of the most competitive meets that we'll take part in this year," beginning last Friday and ending on Sunday at Eisenhower State Park.
Competing in the Huntington Holiday Invitational, a swim meet that included over 1200 competitors, Cohill, who coached the team along with assistants Brian Cunningham, Allie Sidor and Erika Smith, said, "It was a very competitive meet. Overall, it was hugely successful. We placed a lot of our swimmers in the state meets in March and our eight and under boys and girls team placed second overall in the meet."
East Hampton joined a plethora of representatives from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and by the time the meet was officially over, at least five of their swimmers were headed for states.
Matt Kalbacher, a recent returnee to East Hampton's swim team, swam Friday night in the 400 freestyle to qualify while Mikayla Mott qualified for the Junior Olympics for both the 50 breaststroke and the 100. Trevor Mott also qualified in the 100 yard freestyle.
Kaitlyn DeCara broke the record in the eight-and-under 25 breaststroke, Brianna Preiss qualified for the finals in the age 15-18 200 backstroke age 15-18 and Shannon Ryan qualified as well.
Maud Forman competed in the 1000 yard freestyle, the final event of the competition, and did well in her first time swimming it.