Vineyard swimmers dive into opening meets

Galya Walt swam to second place in the 100-Meter Butterfly against Bridgewater-Raynham. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School swim team hosted Bridgewater-Raynham Monday at the YMCA pool in the first dual meet of the season and the first for new Vineyard head coach Jonathan Chatinover. The team is beginning only its second season as a varsity program.

Although the Vineyard girls lost, 90-55, and the boys lost, 98-46, in the Bay Colony Conference opener, the Vineyarders took first place in four events and second in six.

“I thought they swam well,” coach Chatinover said. “We’re making progress. We’re really a team at this point looking for individual improvement.”

Coming in first for the Vineyarders were Renee Goodale (Girls 50-Meter Freestyle and 100-Meter Breaststroke), Patrick Best (Boys 50-Meter Freestyle) and the girls 200-Meter Freestyle Relay team of Galya Walt, Renee Goodale, co-captain Mariah Campbell, and Jessica Sonia. Galya placed second in the Girls 200-Meter Freestyle and 100-Meter Butterfly. Four Vineyard relay teams took second place: Emily Moore, Renee Goodale, Jessica Sonia, and Mariah Campbell (Girls 200 Medley Relay); Galya Walt, Jessica Sonia, Emily Moore and Julia Sonia (Girls 400 Freestyle Relay); Captain Liam Cosgrove, Nevin Wallis, Tucker Cosgrove, and Patrick Best (Boys 200 Medley); Liam Cosgrove, Patrick Best, Tucker Cosgrove, and Nevin Wallis (Boys 200 Freestyle Relay). Many other Vineyarders scored points. M.V. hosted Barnstable Wednesday afternoon in the final meet before the new year.

Saturday, the Vineyarders swam in the Cape Cod Classic at Nantucket. Renee Goodale qualified for the state championships by taking fourth place in the 200-Meter Individual Medley with a time of 2:23.42. She also qualified for the sectionals by placing third in the 100-Meter Breaststroke (1:16.37).

Derrick Devine captured first place in the Boys 50-Meter Freestyle (24:87). Patrick Best was third in the 200-Meter Individual Medley (2:20.86) and 4th in the 100-Meter Breaststroke (1:15.88). Also placing were Tucker Cosgrove in the 100 Butterfly (6th, 1:10.59) and Liam Cosgrove in the 100 Freestyle (6th, 59.96).

Three relay teams swam to top five finishes. Liam Cosgrove, Patrick Best, Tucker Cosgrove, and Derrick Devine were third in the 200 Medley; Derrick Devine, Tucker Cosgrove, Felix Reagan, and Patrick McCarthy took fifth in the 200 freestyle; and Renee Goodale, Galya Walt, Jessica Sonia, Mariah Campbell placed fourth in the 400 Freestyle.