Rainy Goodale repeated as U.S. Masters Champion in all three breaststroke events, and set two New England records, at the U.S. Masters National Swimming Championships in Greensboro, N.C., this past weekend. Rainy is the head coach of the Martha’s Vineyard YMCA Makos and Masters swim teams, and assists with the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School swim teams.
Almost 1,800 swimmers from all over the country competed in the meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Complex. Competing in the 45-49 age group, Rainy won the 200 breaststroke on Friday in 2:37.21. She also placed second in the 100 Individual Medley (IM) with a time of 1:05.99, less than a second away from her New England record. She then swam on two New England Masters (NEM) relays, placing 12th in the 45-and-over mixed (two men, two women) 200 freestyle relay, and 10th in the 45-and-over mixed 400 freestyle relay. Her splits on the two relays were 27.62 for the 50 free and 1:00.60 for the 100 free.
On Saturday, she won the 50 breaststroke in 32.33, beating her own New England record. She also placed third in the 200 IM in 2:26.92, again beating her own New England record, set in March at Harvard. Anchoring the NEM Women’s 200 freestyle relay, Rainy swam a 27.26 for a ninth-place finish. Rainy finished her day swimming breaststroke (32.54) on the NEM 45-and-over mixed 200 medley relay, which also finished ninth.
On Sunday, Rainy won her third breaststroke event, the 100 breaststroke, in 1:11.23, just off her New England record set in 2015. Rainy also took a fourth in the 50 fly, swimming 29.24 (0.73 seconds faster than her Harvard time). The last relay of the meet was the women’s 200 medley relay. Rainy swam 50 breaststroke (32.72) on the NEM 45-and-over relay, which finished seventh.