Swimmers start season with a win
The North Kingstown High School girls' swim team could not have asked for a better start to their season. The Skippers won their first meet against Portsmouth High School, taking first and second in all but two of the eleven events.
The meet was off to a great start as North went one, two in the 200- yard medley relay. Islander Erin Anding swam the last leg of the race and maintained a solid lead for the win. Elizabeth Beisel, Emma Jackson, and Lory Marscocci were the other three members of Anding's winning relay team.
A few minutes later, in the second event of the night, Anding took first in the 200-yard freestyle with time of 2:10.89. Though the win was satisfying, Anding set her expectations high for future competitions. "That was a good first meet, but I didn't get my best time," she said. Jamestown resident Emmy Lutes also swam a solid 200-yard free, adding to the depth of the North squad. Anding took second in the 100-yard to Beisel, who is a world-ranked swimmer. Beisel also won the 100- yard backstroke by a full lap.
Jamestowners Lili Flour and Rory Kirby added a strong presence to the three 200-yard freestyle teams that North entered in the meet. The Skippers relay team including Lutes and islander Kelly Wooley placed second after a very close finish. North's Maddy Loughlin led the relay, and as the second leg, Lutes gained some ground on the Portsmouth team. Wooley, swimming in the third position, closed the gap even more, only to have the fourth and final swimmer, Haley Dibiase of North Kingstown, get out-touched at the wall. Second-year swimmer and senior Wooley was pleased with her swim and the teams' performance. "The first meet was very promising and we are hoping the rest of the season will turn out as well," she said.
In the final event of the night, Anding was the anchor of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay along with Beisel, Jackson and Marscocci. Islander Kendra Davis gave a solid performance as the first leg of another North relay team in the event. North won the contest with a final score of 75-18.
First-year head coach Jillian Oarsmen was very happy with her teams' performance, especially since the boys' team also won. The meets were scored separately, but ran concurrently. Oarsman said, "We had a great first meet. It was a lot of fun, it was exciting, and we have a lot of great kids to work with."
The Skippers had a challenging dual meet season last year because they lacked depth in a lot of their events. North has 39 swimmers on the girls' team this year and has high hopes for the rest of the season. Oarsmen is happy with the added depth and was pleased that most of the swimmers got to compete in at least one event in the meet against Portsmouth.
As a newcomer to the team, sophomore Anding has really added to that depth. She moved to Jamestown with her family in July and has had a great experience swimming for the Skippers. "I am meeting a lot of people that I don't know and some swim with me on the Rams (Swimming Club) and at school," she said.
When asked about challenges coming up Oarsman said, "All of our meets are going to be tough. There will be close races in all the meets and it will just be a matter of putting together the right lineup for each opponent."
The Skippers take on Westerly High School tonight, at 6:30 p.m., at the St. George's School pool.