Vineyarders swim well in conference championships


The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School swim team traveled to Bridgewater State University for the Bay Colony Conference Championships February 1-2. The boys swam on Saturday, finishing with 78 points in sixth place out of nine teams participating. Last year the team had 33 points and finished in seventh place. Freshman Patrick Best led the way, placing third in the 50-yard Freestyle with a school record 24.44 and fifth in the 100 Fly (school record 1:00.24). Sophomore Tucker Cosgrove finished fourth in the 50 Free and set a personal best in the 100 Free (57.94), finishing ninth. Captain Liam Cosgrove was the other individual point scorer with a seventh place finish in the 100 Fly. Freshman Nevin Wallis narrowly missed scoring with a 14th place in the 200 Free. Juniors Justice Yennie and Serogia Bernier were the other Vineyard swimmers. Tucker, Nevin, Liam, and Patrick took third in the 200 Free Relay and set a school record in the 400 Free Relay (4:05.84), finishing eighth.

The Girls swam on Sunday and placed seventh of nine teams. Freshman Renee Goodale was a standout, taking fourth in both the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke. With her time of 1:15.89 in the 100 Breaststroke, Renee qualified for the Massachusetts State Championships), to be held at MIT February 15, in her second event. Renee previously had qualified in the 200 Individual Medley. Senior co-captain Mariah Campbell was other individual point scorer with a 12th place finish and personal best time in the 100 Breast (1:24.02). The 200 Free Relay team (Senior co-captain Jessica Campbell, Galya Walt, Mariah Campbell and Renee Goodale) was 10th. The same girls were sixth in the 400 Free Relay. Other top 20 finishes included Galya Walt (14th 200 Free; 13th 100 Fly), Mariah Campbell (14th, 100 Free), Jessica Campbell (15th, 500 Free in a personal best time of 7:22.32) and Alistair Rizza (18th, 100 Breast). Emily Moore (50 Free) and senior co-captain Ina Thigith (100 Back) also turned in best times.