Cazenovia’s Kingsley Pops 1:07.59 100 Breaststroke at Section III Championships, Breaks School Record

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Cazenovia student Morgan Kingsley fell in love with swimming in the third grade, started swimming at the varsity level in eighth grade, and recently placed first in the Section III Championships and State Qualifier meet, breaking a school record.

Kingsley said breaking a school record has been one of her goals for a long time, and that dream finally came true when she popped 1:07.59 for the 100 breaststroke at the Section III Championships.

“I was so excited, I didn’t even realize it when I finished,” said Kingsley. “I turned around and didn’t comprehend the board right away, and my friend leaned down and said, ‘you did it!’”

She expressed gratitude for the support of her teammates and ‘amazing coaches’ who provide an ‘amazing team atmosphere.’

Coach Josh Smith added, “I’ve known Morgan since the third grade, and she is very-goal oriented. I think in eighth grade she said to herself, ‘this is something I want to do,’ and every year she’s been nipping time away. It literally could not have ended any better – her senior year and the last individual event of the day. It was so special.”

Cazenovia CSD partners with the Fayetteville-Manlius CSD in hosting the girls swim team in a sports combination. Four Cazenovia swimmers participated in the event, Kate Millson, Eliza Smith and Maeve Kelly in addition to Kingsley. Coach Smith said these four swimmers contributed a lot to the success of the team with many point-scoring swims throughout the day.

“A huge congratulations goes to these fine swimmers for their successful weekend at the Section III Championships,” he said.

Kingsley maintained her time (1:07.83) placed 15th overall in the 2021 NYSPHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships. She was also part of the 200 Medley Relay that placed eighth overall in the state.

Morgan Kingsley (left) and her swim coach Josh Smith (right).

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