Vineyard YMCA Makos make waves against Nantucket, Eastham

Anna Nitardy powered her way to a win in the 50-yard butterfly. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The bleachers at the YMCA pool were packed with fans Saturday afternoon as the Mako Swim Club raced in home waters for the first time this season. The occasion was a three-team meet against the Nantucket Dolphins and Willy’s East Swim Team (WEST) of Eastham.

The Dolphins won the overall competition with 369 points to the Makos’ 265 and Willy’s 90, but the Vineyard team claimed the boys half of the meet with 147 points. Nantucket was second with 120 points and Willy’s had 26.

Nantucket took first place overall in the girls events, amassing 249 points to 118 for Martha’s Vineyard and 64 for WEST.

Anna Nitardy paced the Mako girls by winning three races in the nine- to ten-year age group: the 100-yard individual medley in a time of 1:27.24, the 100-yard freestyle (1:21.80), and the 50-yard butterfly (38.60).

Lia Potter won the 11- to 12-year-old 50-yard freestyle (29.65) and the 50-yard butterfly (32.27). Renee Goodale swam to victory in the 11- to 12-year-old 50-yard breaststroke (40.96).

On the boys side, Jack Rizza won two events in the 11- to 12-year-old division: the 50-yard breaststroke (48.61) and the 50-yard freestyle (34.24). Robert Goodale was first twice in the eight-year-old and under division, winning the 25-yard butterfly (23.94) and the 25-yard backstroke (23.03). Christian Flanders was second in the backstroke (25.44). Patrick Best won the 50-yard breaststroke in the 13-year-old and over division (38.02).

In the relay events, the Makos team of Liam Cosgrove, Tucker Cosgrove, Patrick Best, and Jack Rizza bested Dolphins Tyler Wheeler, Nathan Maurer, Cooper Norris, and Cameron Gotlieb in the 200-yard medley. The winning time was 2:18.85.

The Mako Swim Club is a competitive swim team, open to boys and girls ages 6 to 18, coached by Rainy Goodale and David Espindle.

For more information on the Mako Swim Club, including how to participate, contact David Espindle at