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Three swimmers from the Martha’s Vineyard Masters Swim Team competed March 15-16, 22-23 at the New England Short Course (25 yards) Championships at Harvard University. Rainy Goodale (Women 40-44) swept the breaststroke events, winning the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard events with times of 33.47, 1:13.41 and 2:39.96. She also finished third in the 100-yard Individual Medley (1:08.86), sixth in the 50-yard Butterfly and seventh in the 50-yard Freestyle.

Leslie Craven (Women 50-54) placed second in the 1650 Freestyle (21:08.24), third in the 200 Free (2:21.42) and fourth in the 500 Free. By finishing in the top 16, Leslie also scored points in the 50 Fly and 50 Free.

Jonathan Chatinover (Men 50-54) placed fourth in the 400 Individual Medley, seventh in the 200 Breaststroke and eighth in the 50 Breast. He also scored points in the 200, 500 and 1,000 Free; 100 and 200 IM; and 100 Breast.

As a team, the Vineyard finished third of 18 squads (Masters teams are divided by size), led by Rainy’s 86 points. Out of all 64 teams scoring points, the Vineyard was 33rd.

In addition, three swimmers from the Phoenix Swim Club competed in the Men’s 50 Freestyle. The swimmers, Todd McGee, Eric Turner, and Alexander Campbell, received a standing ovation from the Harvard crowd. The Phoenix swimmers were coached by Les Cutler and Meghann Michalski.

The PSC swimmers have a variety of central nervous system issues (brain trauma, severe stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.) that cause them to experience significant motor challenges. The Phoenix Swim Club motto is, “Rise Above – Your Limitations and Those Others Place on You!” These competitors exemplified everything that being a Phoenix Swim Club member is about.

Deb Rossetti teaching an infant to swim. — Photo courtesy of Deb Rossetti

The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is seeking to enroll members in a program designed to teach infants and young children basic water skills. Registration for the infant swimming resource program is now open to children between 6 months and 6 years of age. The course is separate from regular swim instruction.

“Living on an Island in a community with various bodies of water, pools and ponds, it’s an important resource to offer,” director of membership and programs Nina Lombardi said in a telephone conversation with the Times.

Certified ISR instructor Deb Rossetti will teach the course. “This is a comprehensive swim program that teaches a self-rescue program,” said Ms. Rossetti. “It’s the safest, most intelligent way to introduce your children to the water.”

Lessons are scheduled between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm in ten-minute trainings, five days per week, Monday through Friday, for 4-6 weeks. Classes begin May 19, and registration is now open with a deadline of May 1. Lesson times will vary depending on the ten-minute time slot selected, and lesson fees may vary. For more information contact Ms. Rossetti at d.rossetti@infantswim.com or at 401-662-0703.