Kingfish prepare for third season

Kingfish prepare for third season

 Kinston Kingfish coach Marissa Jones works with a few students during a recent practice at Galaxy of Sports. Photo by Junious Smith III / Neuse News

The Kinston Kingfish are getting ready for the spring season.

The organization has made great strides since its debut season in 2017, going from 25 swimmers to 60 and finishing second in the Marauder Division of the Greenville Summer Swim League last season. As the new season gets closer, the team is preparing with winter meets and practices at Galaxy of Sports, and more than 40 participants are involved with more slated to participate in the coming weeks.

Ronald Jackson, a seventh-grader at Rochelle Middle School, said he’s enjoyed his time with the Kingfish over the past two years.

“I get to meet new people and I’ve definitely liked swimming,” Jackson said. “I’ve worked on getting better at it and learning new techniques.”

Some of the young swimmers like Lenox Williamson, 5, are getting valuable time to learn how to swim.

“I like jumping in and diving,” Williamson said.

Danny Williamson, Lenox’s father, said swimming is a vital skill for his son to pick up.

“It’s important form him to know how to swim for safety,” Williamson said. “For him to pick up these techniques here could be very helpful down the line, plus he has a lot of fun here.”

The age ranges of the children are from 6 to 18 and they’re split into groups pertaining to age and skill levels. Marissa Jones, who coaches the younger children, said she’s enjoyed helping them develop their abilities.

“It’s a rewarding experience,” Jones said. “The kids have a lot of fun in the water and it’s always great to help them learn. Sometimes, kids come in and have that fear of the water, but they get over it soon.”

Kingfish coach Beth Payne said she’s enjoyed the progression and hopes there’s continued growth.

“I’m excited for the kids,” Payne said. “Not only are they able to learn techniques, but they’re making friendships that could last for a long time. They’ve learned a lot at the meets, picking up on techniques and good sportsmanship while giving their all to the sport.”

For more information, go to or contact Payne at 419-350-0516. Swimmers interested now can participate in team meets and costs may be prorated.

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