“You better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone,” sang Bob Dylan in “The Times They Are A-Changin’” over 50 years ago, and while he wasn’t referring to the Kingston High School girls varsity swimming and diving team’s 2017, he might as well have been.
After dropping three straight meets, the Tigers stopped sinking like a stone on Tuesday afternoon, ousting visiting Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association foe F.D. Roosevelt 99-79 in the pool at Kate Walton Field House.
Alexandra Mitchell led Kingston with wins in the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.03) and the 500 freestyle (5:41.15), while Alexa Peck 200 freestyle, 2:10.47), and Julia Stinemire (diving, 216.55 points) each took gold in their respective events.
The Tigers didn’t place first elsewhere, but by finishing second and third in six races won by Roosevelt, as well as placing second and third in the four events they did win, the home squad amassed enough points to win handily.
It was a much needed win after an untimely losing streak that saw Kingston’s 3-2 record drop to 3-5 going into Tuesday’s meet. The losses included a 101-85 defeat at the hands of visiting OCIAA opponent Valley Central on Thursday, Oct. 12. The Tigers actually won more events against Valley Central than they did against Roosevelt, but failed to build up enough points elsewhere to earn the win.
Kelly Manley (100 butterfly, 1:03.98), Sabrina Browning (diving, 216.95 points) and Angelina Vertullo (100 breaststroke, 1:15.88) all won individual events for Kingston, which also saw their 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams place first. Manley (backstroke, 1:07.80), Emily McCord (50freestyle, 27.52) and Mitchell (100 freestyle, 58.98) took second place for Kingston in individual events.
Next up for the Tigers is an OCIAA meet at Washingtonville High School on Saturday, Oct. 21. Kingston is currently 4-5 overall on the season.