Kingston ral­lies to beat New­burgh in OCIAA meet

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Free­man staff

Kingston High ral­lied from an early deficit to swim past New­burgh Free Academy, 97-89, in an Orange County In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion girls swim­ming and div­ing meet.

Kingston High ral­lied from an early deficit to swim past New­burgh Free Academy, 9789, in an Orange County In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion girls swim­ming and div­ing meet.

The (7-1) Tigers trailed 30-16 af­ter three events, but a sweep in the 50-yard freestyle by Tay­lor Robey (25.99 sec­onds), Emily Hakim and He­len Wun­der­lich closed the gap and got Kingston go­ing.

“The meet was a tale of two halves,” Kingston coach Chris Sam­mons said. “We cer­tainly didn’t want to start out that way, but the 50 free def­i­nitely charged the girls up and then go­ing 3 (Ju­lia Stine­mire), 4 (Ja­lynn Har­ri­son) in div­ing was big. We felt like we were back in it.

“We just kept chip­ping away.”

Robey’s vic­tory in the sev­enth event — the 100 freestyle (57.15) — closed the deficit to 56-54 be­fore Alli Mitchell’s win in the 500 freestyle (5:46.97) helped the Tigers pull into a 63-63 tie with four events re­main­ing.

Hakim, Wun­der­lich, Robey and Alexa Peck put Kingston in front for good with their win in the 200 freestyle re­lay (1:48.01) and Bai­ley Shaf­fer’s win two races later in the 100 breast­stroke (1:16.14) gave the Tigers an 89-83 lead head­ing into the fi­nal event.

“We knew we would ei­ther have to win the 400 free re­lay or place sec­ond and third to win, or else we’d wind up in a tie,” Sam­mons said.

Hakim, Mitchell, Wun­der­lich and Is­abella Amaro won the 400 free re­lay in 3:59.06, with Wun­der­lich swim­ming the an­chor leg and out­touch­ing New­burgh to win by .07 sec­onds.

“He­len had her best swim of the year,” Sam­mons said.

Al­lie Vela led the Gold­backs with wins in the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley and 100 but­ter­fly. Ash­ley Ger­man (200 freestyle), Danielle Scarano (div­ing) and Syd­ney Reede (100 back­stroke) added one in­di­vid­ual win each.

“It’s al­ways nice to get a win against New­burgh,” Sam­mons said. “KingstonNew­burgh has al­ways had a long tra­di­tion in ev­ery sport. We’ve got the bet­ter of them in the dual meets the past few years and they’ve got the bet­ter of us in the cham­pi­onships.

“I tell the girls to look at them, they’re just like us. You know it’s go­ing to be hard meet. They’re go­ing to work hard, like us.”

Kingston trav­els to Mont­gomery to face Val­ley Cen­tral next Wed­nes­day.

PHOTO BY SER­ENA WUN­DER­LICH

He­len Wun­der­lich swims the an­chor leg of the winning 400 freestyle re­lay in Kingston’s vic­tory over New­burgh.

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