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Ryen Russillo inks new ESPN contract

ESPN’s Ryen Russillo of West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School class of ’93, has signed a multi-year contract extension, prompting a change to the name of the network’s afternoon show from The Scott Van Pelt Show, to SVP & Russillo (1-4 pm, M-F).

Ryen was named co-host of ESPN Radio’s Scott Van Pelt Show in May, 2009. He also hosts the network’s College GameDay (12 noon to 7 pm on Saturdays throughout the football season).

Ryen joined ESPN Radio in February 2006. He has hosted NBA Sunday with Jamal Mashburn, The Baseball Show, and the NFL Draft. He has also filled in on talk shows including Tirico and Van Pelt, and The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

Prior to joining ESPN, he was a Comcast Sports Network studio host and NBA analyst, and a Sporting News Radio host.

Makos magnificent in NE USA swim meet

Five members of the Vineyard YMCA Mako Swim Club: Patrick Best, Robert Goodale, Renée Goodale, Kate Hansen, and Galya Walt swam Nov. 11 and 12 at the New England USA Swimming meet at the Mass Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay. The quintet were attempting to qualify for both the New England USA Swimming Regional and the New England USA Swimming Age Group Championship meets in February and March of 2013. The Makos are comprised of swimmers between six and 18 years old.

Kate Hansen, Renée Goodale, Robert Goodale, and Patrick Best all qualified for the regionals. While none of the Vineyard swimmers qualified for the Group championships, several came within a whisker.

Kate Hansen qualified in the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley; Renée Goodale in the 50-, 100-, and 200-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke; Robert Goodale in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle; and Patrick Best in the 50-, 100-, and 500-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, and 200-meter individual medley.

Each swimmer improved on their personal best times in several events. Patrick Best and Kate Hansen shaved 27 and 25 seconds respectively off of their previous times in the 500 free. Renée Goodale took 17 seconds off of her mark in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Gayla Walt, like Kate Hansen, was swimming in her first USA meet and raced extremely well. She chopped 22 seconds off her best time in the 500 freestyle, from 7:06.75 to 6:44.47, and narrowly missed qualifying for the N.E. regionals in the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 butterfly.