PROVIDENCE – North Kingstown’s girls and boys swimming teams picked up victories on Friday night against East Greenwich at the Fox Point Boys & Girls Club.
With a score of 51-43 over Valerio Division opponent East Greenwich, the Skipper girls moved to 3-1 on the season, tied with EG. While the boys got their first win, 50-41, moving to 1-2. The Skipper girls had a few dominant individuals shine in solo events and help in their one relay win, while the boys relied on three relay victories.
“I thought the race for the girls was going to be very close,” NK head coach Kathy Carlson said. “[EG head coach Gina Hand has] a great team; she’s very competitive. I was happy my swimmers stepped up. I told them, it’s going to be tough, it was going to be a close meet, and we’ll need to fight for every point.”
“I was very happy to get our first win,” Carlson said of the boys. “That gives them a little kudos, a pat on the back. It was a positive, a great meet for them, but we’ve got to work on some things. But I can’t complain, it was a great meet on both sides.”
Senior Hannah Petrone took the 50 and 100-yard freestyles at 25.53 and 57.32 seconds respectively, getting right back to. Abby Duffy took the 100-backstroke and 200-free at 1:05.91 and 2:06.01. Alexis Duffy won the 100-butterfly at 1:02.68. Eve Piazza won the 500-free at 5:44.37.
NK won one of the three relay events, with Abby Duffy, Alexis Duffy, Julia Cotsonas, Hannah Petrone (1:51.16) taking first place the 200-free.
“Hannah Petrone had two great swims,” Carlson said. “In the 50-free, 100-free, and helped the 200-free relay win. Lexi Duffy dropped four seconds in her 100-fly from 1:06 to 1:02.68. CeCe Mascena swam the 500-freestyle in 6:00 qualifying for states in the 500-free. Meghan Dickinson also qualified for states in 200-IM 2:25.63. Many swimmers improved their times. The girls had some great swims.”
In the boy’s 200-free relay, NK’s Connor Priest, Bryce Durney, Trey Fielding, and Theodore Simmons won with a time of 1:46.43.
In the 200-medley relay, Robert McKay, Simmons, Fielding, and Bryce Durney crossed at 2:02.44. In the 400-free relay, Priest, Laurent Dion, McKay, and Simmons crossed victoriously at 4:08.32.
McKay picked up a win in the 50-freestyle at 25.30, and Laurent Dion won the 100-butterfly at 1:30.10. Those were the only two solo events that the Skipper boys won.
“Durney qualified for states in the 50-free,” Carlson said. “He swam the freestyle in the 200-medley relay in 26.16, helping the team to place first.”
“Joseph Farrelly had a great 100-breaststroke,” Carlson continued. “Dropping five seconds off his previous time which was 1:32.00 to 1:26.44. Harrison Mancieri also improved in the 100-breaststroke, dropping three seconds off his previous time of 1:33.96 to 1:30.96. Robert McKay had a great 50-free in 25.30 and swam in three relays to help the team win their first meet. The boys really worked hard and swam fast to help the team win.”
Carlson points to NK’s depth and versatility as a strength, helping when one or two swimmers can’t participate in their usual race, as happened against EG. She points to swimmers volunteering to try different races, exhibition swimmers dropping significant seconds off of their top times, along with top swimmers doing the same, and multiple athletes who can swim various strokes and fill in. Even young swimmers who volunteer to swim races they’ve never tried; her two boys in the 500, volunteered for it against EG.
“I keep a spreadsheet of all my kids’ times,” Carlson said. “And each meet they’ve been getting better and better. Including, my exhibition swimmers. So, that’s a plus. A lot of my kids have been working hard to get their times down going into divisions and states.”
“It helps so much,” Carlson said of her depth. “When someone gets sick, I can go to my spreadsheet, and see where I can put somebody in. Both boys and girls have 27 swimmers, who are healthy and able to swim. That’s huge, especially for the boys’ team. Not many boys teams have 27.”
The strength of the girls makes it so the Skipper boys face D-I competition in team meets.
“However, when it comes time for divisions,” Carlson said. “We’re going to be swimming in Division II. We already had some people qualify for states: Theo Simmons, Connor Priest, Durney.”
NK has their next meet on Jan. 15 at home against Wheeler.