Central Valley. Monroe-Woodbury defeats Kingston in virtual swim and dive meet

| 07 Feb 2021 | 02:47

On Friday afternoon, Feb. 5, at the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School, the Crusaders Swim and Dive team held its second virtual meet of the year against the Tigers of Kingston High School.

The Crusaders beat the New Paltz Huguenots last week in their first-ever virtual meet.

With the stands empty of parents and fans, the team turned to itself for vocal encouragement and support in the competition against an invisible opponent.

The Crusaders took first in the 200 Medley when Charlie Liu, Ariel Koyfman, Shane Douthit and Anthony Kaminskiy combined for a time of 1:47.63.

The Crusaders then swept the next three races before the diving competition. First, Patrick Kivlehan’s time of 1:57.54 captured the 200 Freestyle, followed by Charles Liu’s time of 2:10.40 as he took the 200 Individual Medley and then Shane Douthit flew down and back in 23.24 to take the 50 Freestyle.

The Crusaders swept the dive events with Sean Kirk scoring 264.00 for first and Caleb Kimbrell posting a score off 253.00 for second.

The Tigers took first in the 100 Butterfly with Crusader Patrick Kivlehan finishing in second.

Douthit captured his second individual first place of the meet when his time of 50.42 took the 100 Freestyle.

Next Dylan Cobb hit the pool and his time of 5:23.81 gave him a first place finish in the 500 Freestyle.

The Crusaders Relay team of Pete Brelesky, Koyfman, Kivlehan and Douthit posted a time of 1:37.09 that was good enough for first in the 200 Freestyle.

Crusaders Charlie Liu recorded the fastest time in the 100 Backstroke with 59.30 and Ariel Koyfman followed up with a best time of 1:08.53 in the 100 Breaststroke.

Finally the Crusader relay team of Kivlehan, Cobb, Brelesky and Liu recorded a time of 3:40.69 for the fastest time in the 400 Freestyle.

The Crusaders’ 99-76 victory over the Tigers brings their season record to 2-0 on the season.

- William Dimmit

How does a virtual swim and dive meet take place
In these times of COVID-19, all teams stay at their home pool.
They race and dive and then record the times and scores with officials.
Then there is an exchange of information, comparing the scores and times, between both sites via telephone to determine the outcome.
No Zoom, just telephones.
And of course, no fans or parents. That makes the meet more like an intense practice.
- William Dimmit