The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys swim team finished its historic season Sunday with a 16th place finish in the 200-meter freestyle relay at the state championship meet in Boston.

Three weeks ago the 13-member team won the Cape and Islands League championship for the first time in program history, dethroning a Nantucket team which had taken home the title for the previous seven years. Coach Jen Passafiume said she knew it would be hard to maintain peak performance during the layover between the league and state meets.

“The swimming at states is always really good, we’re up against really, really tough competition,” Ms. Passafiume said. “They had fun, and I’m super proud of them for everything that they did.”

The relay team finished with a time of 1:39.15. But Ms. Passafiume said Sunday’s meet was preceded by a bit of adversity. Junior Nathan Cuthbert tested positive for Covid a few days before the meet, leaving freshman Kaua DeAssis to fill in as the alternate.

DeAssis had been training with the group in case the team needed a substitute, and he swam a personal best time at the meet, Ms. Passafiume said.

“[DeAssis] did fantastic, a really, really awesome job,” Ms. Passafiume said.

Co-captains Christian Flanders and Ruairi Mullin also competed at states, Ms. Passafiume said. Flanders placed 26th in the 50-meter freestyle. Mullin placed 18th in the 200-meter freestyle and 24th in the 100-meter freestyle.

The future is bright for the team, Ms. Passafiume said. Mullin, who holds two school records, is one of three graduating seniors. Otherwise the team returns the bulk of its swimmers.

“We definitely have some potential,” Ms. Passafiume said.