Rainy Goodale excels at U.S. Masters Swimming Championships

World Masters records holder Karlyn Pipes, left, and Rainy Goodale with their medals. — Courtesy Rainy Goodale

Rainy Goodale, head coach of the Martha’s Vineyard Masters Swim Club and the YMCA Makos, competed at the U.S. Masters National Swimming Championships in Riverside, Calif., from April 28 to 30.

More than 2,000 swimmers took part, with Olympic champions Nathan Adrian and Ryan Lochte being the biggest names at the meet.

Ms. Goodale, the lone competitor from Martha’s Vineyard, placed in five individual events competing in the 45-49 age group, and swam on a New England Masters (NEM) mixed relay team (two men and two women) in three events.

She had her best finish in the 50 breaststroke, placing second with a time of 32.33. Ms. Goodale took fifth in the 200 breaststroke (2:39.78), sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.74), seventh in the individual medley (1:08.15), and 11th in the 50 butterfly (31.44).

In the relays, Ms. Goodale split 33.99 in the NEM 35-and-over women’s 200 medley, with the team finishing seventh, and swam a 28.84 split on her team’s ninth-place finish in the NEM 35-and-over 200 freestyle. Swimming in the 18-and-over 200 freestyle, with relays being scored based on the youngest swimmer on the team, she split 28.95, with the team placing 21st.