Martha’s Vineyard swimmers excel at Masters National Championship

Vineyard swimmers Rainy Goodale (left), Sue Jensen (center), and Leslie Craven in Indianapolis earlier this month, competing with the New England Masters during the national championships. — Photo courtesy of Les Cutler

Vineyard swimmers Leslie Craven, Rainy Goodale, and Sue Jensen competed May 9–13 in the United States Masters Swimming National Championship meet at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. The trio brought home a passel of medals and 14 top-ten finishes, while posting several times that would have made the top 10 in age groups 10 to 15 years younger.

Rainy Goodale was part of two national championship 200-yard medley relay teams — the New England Masters (NEM) women’s 35 and over and mixed 35 and over. Swimming in the 40-44 age group, Ms. Goodale finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:35.92), third in the 50-yard breaststroke (32.56), 5th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.43), and eighth in the 100-yard individual medley (1:06.45).

Leslie Craven competed in the 50-54 age group, placing second in the nation in the one-mile freestyle with a personal best time of 20:59.35.

Sue Jensen also raced in the 50-54 age group. She placed fifth in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:48.90), sixth in the 200-yard butterfly (a lifetime personal best 2:52.52), seventh in the 400-yard individual medley (a lifetime personal best 5:44.53), sixth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:42.11), and seventh in the 100-yard butterfly (1:13.48). Ms. Jensen was a member of the NEM women’s 45 and over 200-yard medley relay and freestyle relay teams, which placed fifth and sixth respectively.