YMCA Makos make waves in SE Mass swim meet

The nine/ten year-old Boys Medley Relay team. Back row from left: Ben Yancey (Butterfly), Oliver Dorr (Backstroke), Rauiri Mullin (Freestyle); Front row: Robert Goodale (Breaststroke). — Photo courtesy of Annie Bollinge

The Martha’s Vineyard YMCA Makos competed last weekend in the South East Massachusetts League Championship on Nantucket. The relatively new, small team, coached by Rainy Goodale and Annie Bollinger, raced impressively. The team overcame a taxing trip to Nantucket with each of the 17 swimmers recording a personal best time.

The seven/eight and nine/ten age groups swam on Saturday. The Makos girls team included: Ava Maggi (age 9), Lila Mikos (9), Annabelle Brothers (8), CJ Walsh (8), and Gabby Carr (10).

Swimming for the Makos boys were: Oliver Dorr (10), Ben Yancey (9), Christian Flanders (8), Andrue Carr (7), Robert Goodale (10), and Rauiri Mullin (9).

The boys’ nine/ten year-old relay team set the tone for the whole meet. Oliver Dorr started the team off, winning the backstroke leg. Extending the lead, Robert Goodale split a 45.45 in his 50-yard breaststroke. Ben Yancey kept the butterfly race close, swimming 46.49. With some catching up to do, Ruairi Mullin dove in for the freestyle leg, catching West’s freestyler in the last 20 yards to secure the win.

In the conference championships, six swimmers raced in three heats in each event. In order to earn points, individuals had earn a top three finish in their races. At the end of the meet, the individual scores were tallied, and the Makos performed exceptionally well.

For the seven/eight-year-old swimmers, Annabelle Brothers won high point (first place overall), CJ Walsh earned second, and Christian Flanders placed third.

Robert Goodale was second for the nine/ten year-old boys and Oliver Dorr took third. Gabby Carr finished third for the nine/ten-year-old girls.

The 11/12, 13/14, and 15 and over age groups raced in Sunday’s session. Renee Goodale (14) and Lia Potter (14) raced for the girls, while Harrison Dorr (14), Evan Sauter (14), and Patrick Best (15) swam for the boys.

Renee Goodale earned high point for the 13/14 girl swimmers, placing first in the 50-yard Breaststroke and 100-yard Individual Medley, along with second in the 100-yard Freestyle.

Lia Potter was third overall, winning the 50-yard fly, breaking 30 seconds for the first time, with a 29.43.

Patrick Best recently aged up to the 15 and over age group and took third place overall.

Combining all of the age groups, half of the Makos placed in the top three.

Again, the Makos excelled in the relay. Because the Makos did not have enough boys or girls to swim a legitimate relay, two boys and two girls raced on one team, competing in the men’s 15 and over 200-yard Freestyle Relay. Renee Goodale, Lia Potter, Harrison Dorr, and Patrick Best were able to surprise the other teams and placed second.

Coaches Goodale and Bollinger were proud of their swimmers, praising the time and effort each put into the pool during the season.