Martha’s Vineyard swimmers fall just short against Sacred Heart

Mariah Campbell swam to a win in the 100-yard breaststroke Monday at the YMCA against Sacred Heart. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard varsity swimming teams came oh so close to winning their first ever meets Monday against Sacred Heart in a Bay Colony League contest at the YMCA. The Vineyarders, competing this season at the varsity level for the first time, continue to improve with each passing meet.

Coach Robin Tuck had nine swimmers out of the lineup from the flu and three more injured or recovering from the flu but still got a strong showing.

The boys came within one fifth place finish and two points of winning the meet and lost 49-48. The girls needed another first place finish to turn the tables on the Saints in a 71-66 loss.

The boys won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:09.35, the 200 freestyle relay in 1:56.49, and the 400 free relay in 4:38.36. Derik Devine took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.72. Tucker Cosgrove swam to wins in the 100-yard butterfly (1:10.02) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:18.27).

In the girls meet, Kate Hansen (2:31.97) won the 200 freestyle, Galya Walt (1:06.73) was first in the 100 free, Mariah Campbell (1:23.55) won the 100-yard breaststroke, and Jessica Campbell took the 500 freestyle. The girls also swam to wins in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.

Saturday, the “Splash” swam against the powerful Nantucket Whalers in a league meet at the Y. The undermanned Vineyarders gave it their best shot. The Whalers prevailed in the girls meet, 90-51 and took the boys meet 97-27.

The Vineyarders were scheduled to swim at Sandwich in a BCL meet on Wednesday but the meet was postponed due to a problem with the Sandwich pool.