Vineyard swimmers sweep Durfee

Girls rally from 15 points down, and boys win five events.

Shown at a meet at the YMCA last week against Sandwich. The girls went on to win 87-74 in the meet against Durfee on Tuesday. — Gabrielle Mannino

The MVRHS swim team swept a dual meet against visiting Durfee on Tuesday at the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard in Oak Bluffs. The girls improved to 2-0 with an 87-74 victory, while the boys evened their record at 1-1 by defeating the Hilltoppers, 83-56.

The girls came out on top despite having just two first-place finishes in the eight individual events. Gabby Carr won the 200 freestyle (2:09.71), and Yayla DeChiara won the 100 backstroke (1:08.58). Both also had an individual second place (Gabby in the 500 free, where she qualified for the sectionals, and Yayla in the 200 individual medley), and were on the two winning freestyle relays. Olympia Hall, Annabelle Brothers, and Jasselle Wildanger each had a second and a third (Olympia, second in the 200 free and third in the 500 free; Annabelle, second in the 100 back and third in the 200 individual medley; and Jasselle, second in the 100 free and third in the 50 free). Captain Abigail Hammarlund placed second in the 100 breast and Delilah Hammarlund followed in third. The 200 medley relay team of Lola Northrop (back), Abigail Hammarlund (breast), Annabelle Brothers (fly), and Eleanor Hyland (free) started the meet off with a second.

After the 100 fly, the Vineyard girls trailed by 15 points. In the best individual race of the meet, Durfee senior Jaelin Jang lowered her own pool record in the 500 free with a time of 5:38.97, but the Vineyard won the event, 9-7, with a 2-3-4 finish (Gabby Carr, Olympia Hall, and Margaret Sykes). The Vineyard made up more ground with a 1-3 finish in the 200 free relay. The foursome of DeChiara, Wildanger, Hyland, and Carr won the event by 0.05 seconds, in 1:56.66. Delilah Hammarlund, Abigail Hammarlund, Kathryn Cuthbert, and Olympia Hall finished third. The 1-2 finish in the 100 back (DeChiara and Brothers) finally pushed the Vineyard ahead by three points going into the last relay. The 400 free relay team went 1-2 to finish the meet. Carr, Wildanger, Brothers, and DeChiara finished first in 4:20.90, followed by Hall, Sykes, Northrop, and Abigail Hammarlund.

In the boys meet, freshman Oliver Dorr and Ruairi Mullin each won two events, with captain Ryan Laslovich earning the other individual win. After the 200 medley relay team of Andrue Carr (back), Jack Crawford (breast), Ryan Laslovich (fly), and Simon Hammarlund (free) swam to second place, Ruairi won the 200 free (2:12.53), with Nathan Cuthbert finishing third. With those points, the Vineyard took a lead that they would never relinquish. Oliver Dorr won the 200 individual medley with his best time of 2:23.27. Ruairi also won the 100 free in 1:00.03. Oliver added another win in the 100 fly (1:06.20), and Ryan Laslovich won the 500 free in 7:18.02. Christian Flanders took two second places (50 free and 100 free), Andrue Carr (100 back) and Jack Crawford (100 breast) each had a second place, and Enrique Contreras had a third (100 back). The 200 free relay team of Oliver Dorr, Simon Hammarlund, Christian Flanders, and Ruairi Mullin won in 1:54.75. Dorr, Laslovich, Flanders, and Mullin added a win in the 400 free relay (4:23.51), with Carr, Contreras, Cuthbert, and Crawford taking third.

The Vineyard’s next meet is after the holiday break, on Thursday, Jan. 3, at home against Sacred Heart.