Mackerel Cove beach is now fully staffed with lifeguards
Veteran lifeguards Samantha Alger and Mariah Vietri, along with Victor Lambert, a new staff member hired in April, took up the slack for five days until replacement guards were hired. By Thursday of last week, the beach was fully staffed and three guards were scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
"We were very fortunate to get such good, qualified guards this late in the season," Piva said. The three replacement lifeguards are Karina Carlson, Lory Marsocci, and Madeleine (Maddy) Suits.
Karina Carlson Karina Carlson, 16, of North Kingstown, is going into her senior year at NK High School. She is on the swim team at NK and worked at Narragansett Beach as an attendant.
"My mom was a competitive swimmer and a lifeguard," Carlson said. "She was my inspiration. She can still beat me at some events," she added.
Carlson said she loves the beach and that she always wanted to be a lifeguard. "It's a good opportunity to work with people and help those in need," she added. When she graduates, Carlson wants to go to college to study architecture.
A recent graduate of North Kingstown High School, Lory Marsocci, 18, of North Kingstown, is a Rhode Island native. She is also a competitive swimmer. Marsocci swam for her high school swim team and she also swims for the Rams Swimming Club, a local competitive team. She comes to Mackerel Cove with two years experience as a lifeguard at the Greenwich Club in East Greenwich.
This fall she will attend Radford University in Virginia where she plans to study interior design. "I'll also be on their Division 1 swim team," Marsocci said. "That should be exciting."
Marsocci has been a competitive swimmer for two years. She said that Liz Beisel, the Rhode Island swimmer who recently qualifi ed for the U. S. Olympic team was her inspiration. "I know her. She was always so disciplined and such a nice person. It's good to see someone with that much talent, who is so humble," Marsocci said. "Without a doubt, she has been my greatest inspiration."
When she isn't studying, swimming, or putting in time as a lifeguard, Marsocci likes to spend her leisure hours painting.
She said that her friend, lifeguard Victor Lambert, recommended her when the position opened up at Mackerel Cove.
Madeleine (Maddy) Suits
Maddy Suits, 17, is a senior at the Prout School. She was born in Westerly, but she has lived in Mount Hope with her family all her life. When she graduates she plans on going to a yet-to-be-selected university to study pharmacy. Suits is a competitive swimmer with the Dolphins, a Westerly swim team.
"I know it's a bit of a commute from Mt. Hope to Jamestown, but it's worth it," Suits said. "I always wanted to be a lifeguard. I like to help people and my friends are lifeguards. Since I love the beach so much, I decided to take the test and get a certificate. I couldn't ask for a better job."
Victor Lambert, 17, is a senior at NK where he is a competitive swimmer on the swim team. He also competes as a swimmer with the Rams.
Lambert was hired in April of this year as a staff lifeguard at Mackerel Cove. He was not one of the replacement guards. After he got his lifeguard certificate, he applied at the recreation department for an interview for a lifeguard position. According to Recreation Director Bill Piva, Lambert was chosen over quite a few applicants.
Lambert is a Jamestown native and said that he is interested in "studying engineering of some kind" after he graduates from high school and enters college.