Vineyard girls win first varsity swim meet
The Vineyard girls won the first varsity meet in the program’s history with a 71-66 Bay Colony League victory over Coyle Cassidy on January 30. The boys lost by one point, 49-48.
“It was a great meet for the kids because Coyle Cassidy was equal in speed to our kids,” coach Robin Tuck said. “We were neck and neck the whole meet. The boys were edged out by a point due to lack of numbers. The girls, who were disqualified in the first relay, came out ahead when Coyle Cassidy was disqualified from the last relay. Their girls were not pleased.” Both disqualifications were the result of anxious swimmers leaving too early at the relay touch.
On Sunday, the Vineyard swimmers competed in their first league championship, held at Bridgewater State.
The boys placed highest, finishing 12th of 15 in the medley relay, eighth of 16 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and 10th in the 4 x 100 relay.
The Vineyard girls placed 19th out of 26 in the 200 free relay, clocking a school record 2:19:43. The Vineyarders placed 17 out of 24 in the 200 medley relay.
“A great first season,” coach Tuck said. “All the kids are beginning to really understand the sport and the dedication it will take become a stronger team.”
Girl hoopsters upset by Coyle Cassidy
The Vineyarders (12-4, 5-3 EAC) fell to the Warriors (7-9, 3-4 EAC) 58-51 Tuesday in Taunton to close out the Eastern Athletic Conference schedule.
The Vineyarders had a 31-26 lead at half time. The Warriors turned the game around with a 24-11 edge in the third period. M.V. came within three points late in the game but could not regain the lead.
Jenny Linland and Kat deBettencourt scored 17 points apiece to lead the Vineyard offense.
The girls picked up a workmanlike 58-44 win over Somerset Berkley on January 30. Maggie Riseborough had 15 points, Jenny Lindland 14, and Katie Stewart 13.
The girls are home today, Feb 7., for a 4:30 pm tip against Dartmouth and are away at Norton on Monday at 5:30 pm.