Riverhead’s one-woman swimming team has qualified for four events at this year’s county championship.
Independent swimmer and Blue Waves freshman Brianna Cybulski has been competing for the last three seasons as an independent swimmer for Riverhead. Brianna has been swimming competitively since she was 9-years-old. She swims year-round, six days a week in the evening, and has three morning practices as a member of Three Village Swim Club coached by Mark Anderson.
“I am not her coach as much as her supervisor,” said Riverhead health teacher Lindsay Lindenbaum, who oversees Brianna’s swimming program at the school. “I am there to push her, and provide support and encouragement if she needs it.”
When swimming as an independent swimmer, Brianna is essentially competing against the clock to qualify for the county championship. She has qualified for four events this year: the 200 individual medley, the 100 breaststroke, the 100 butterfly, and the 500 freestyle.
Like any good competitor, Brianna has set some goals for herself. Her goal is to qualify for the state meet in one of the upcoming seasons, and she wants to swim on a Division I or II team in college.
“Brianna is an exceptional young lady whose dedication, character and hard work will continue to pay off in and out of the water. I’m looking forward to supervising her through her high school career and watching her grow,” Lindenbaum said.
Brianna and her family would love to see a pool built in Riverhead, which would cut down on her travel time and provide an opportunity for other children to compete in the sport of swimming.
Her next competition will be the county meet on Nov. 5 at the Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood Campus.
Source: Press release issued by Riverhead Central School District.